Black Sabbath - US Airways Center - 8/30/13

Categories: Last Night

Really, it's hard to fill out a Sabbath concert song by song, as the tracks typically followed a similar pattern running though multiple sections (in varying orders) of fast, slow, loud and soft--the band's trademarked approach--all while sounding as if from a horror show.

Yet several things were striking, the least of which is the staying power and sheer magnitude of Black Sabbath's music all these years later. This isn't the Rolling Stones or even The Who, which has a much broader appeal, but a band with a darker sub-culture, a heavier, almost threatening tone. Yet, their new album topped the sales charts and hundreds of bands have followed their lead into heavy metal, grunge and the like.

What also stood out was that this beautifully loud, forceful and pounding wave of music is being made by 60-somethings. Such an idea was unfathomable when Black Sabbath began in 1970.

At that stage, rock and roll was just a teenager and anyone performing in their 60s was either crooning, yodeling or playing skiffle music. And here our rock and roll saviors continue to assault the senses all these years on, and we thank them for it, beg for it, pleaded for more.

For two hours the audience didn't waver in it's demands, and as long as they yelled loud enough for Ozzy, they got it: "Black Sabbath," "Behind the Wall of Sleep" (the song that coined the term "Heavy Metal"), "N.I.B.," a stunningly perfect, riviting "Fairies Wear Boots," and of course "Iron Man," which many of the kids in the crowd seemed to recognize, probably from the movies.

Oh yeah, and after "Fairies" these sectarians took a breather while Cluefetos belted out an insane 10-minute drum solo. Cluefetos, who looked like a raving-mad Jesus with a gong halo behind, and head banging disciples in front, was ferocious and crafty. It reminded me of a time when drum solos were a regular part of the rock concert experience. Where have they gone?

There are so many great drummers out there, but maybe the roles have changed for modern bands and drummers just lay down the beat and go home. Or perhaps modern audiences now are too tepid. Yet, with Black Sabbath, where the drumming is such a stand-out part of each song, it makes sense to give the drummer his due.

Coming out of the drums, Ozzy's guttural "I am Iron Man" cry ignited the crowd anew as Iommi threw down that now iconic opening riff. When the pounding subsided, the band segued smoothly into the quiet opening of a soon-to-be scorching rendition of "God is Dead?"

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It was great to hear all the OLD SCHOOL songs. We actually got comped lower level seats from our upper level seats by management walking the corridors. They told us they wanted the stadium to look more full. Nice upgrade! The drum solo was part of "Rat Salad" which I have never heard live blew me away...thanks again to the staff at USAIRWAYS :)


Where does this hack writer get his information? "Ozzie clean and sober all these years . . ." WTF? Anyone who watches the news realizes his wife was about to leave him as he has been on bender for few years and only has six months now - hence all the water and inhaler on stage! Where were YOU during the concert? Ozzy dumped bucket of water on the head of young security guard in front of him, not the 'crowd,' . . . who I have to say were especially anal at the Airways Arena. Giving people hard time about cameras, and then some big dude jumps over the front railing to grab a guitar pick and tall young security kid can't handle him, calls for backup and no one shows up! Guy with MS, to his left giving people hard time, all night, runs away! Then they let the asshole return to his seat! What is the guy with MS doing up front as a guard? Dangerous. When will security learn it is better to work with people, not give them shit when they are paying $1000 for front row seats!


Looking at these photo's omg. I can't even begin to express to Ozzy Osbourne how blessed he made me feel last night once again. Not only to have an Black Sabbath album in my hands, but to see him with the guys again, in their glory, playing the songs I have loved since I was 12 years old. Tony Iommi and Official Geezer Butler and Ozzy are just my all-time favorite men...I can't even express what a difference their music made in my life and heart. The expression of the dark side will forever be such a big part of me, and they will always live on in my mind till the day I die as the band I love beyond anything. I love you Ozzy Osbourne, I always have, and I always will. Your heart and spirit have amazingly remained as gentle and untarnished as they were back when you were a young man flashing his dimples, an amazing feat given how shitty this world is. The earnest and heartfelt smile you blessed us with from time to time will be in my memories and mind forever. How can anyone NOT love you?


Great review of one of the greatest nights I've spent watching these men performing. Wow! The crowd was just hopping, floor to ceiling, and reverbrating with love for the KINGS OF DOOM. 

Absolutely one of the most exciting, fun nights I've had. Ozzy was spot fucking on, the music was really hot, and Sabbath let those of us who LOVE THEM AND ALWAYS HAVE know just exactly why they will always live on as the legends they are. 

Into the Void, Under the Sun, Age of Reason, Black Sabbath, Behind the Wall of Sleep, NIB, End of the Beginning, God is Dead? MY GOD the sense of being in the room with fucking Dracula was just beyond! They totally RULE the ability to fucking transfix your mind with dark sounds and imagery. 

Snowblind, Fairies Wear Boots, and Children of the Grave were also just BAD ASS!!!!!!!

Tommy Clufetos was right on with his sounds, except on Iron Man where as he has with the rest of the tour, he played the song a tad slowly, then rushes the solo's sadly too fast for one to enjoy Tony Iommi's legendary riffs. Ah well, that was the only lowpoint, aside of hearing Paranoid again closing the set. Not a favorite song for me. 

All in all, they played 99.99% FUCKING HOT, and anyone there will carry with them the book of Black Sabbath written forever in their hearts. Arizona clearly loves these men, really apparent when you felt the energy, saw the arms waving, and heard the screams and cheers coming at these guys.

Thanks Jim Louvau, and Phoenix New Times, for the amazing shots of the band. A legendary night, one that many will long remember.

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Man do a little research....first off Ozzy has not been sober for years. He has had many relapses as current as a few months back that made its rounds in the press. And the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath a slip? Uh look up any set list from the tour and they play it every night like that. And "heavy metal" was used in Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" before Sabbath used it and that song was released in 1968. Or just make shit up and say its a review. Whatever works.

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