Black Sabbath - US Airways Center - 8/30/13
"Here's the deal," Osbourne announced at the song's conclusion. "We're going to do one more song, but if you go fucking crazy, we'll do more."
Pandemonium erupted as the band launched into the massive opening riff and unmistakable dark march of "Children of The Grave." The place did go crazy, Ozzy threw another bucket of water into the crowd, and strobe lights flashed and whirled. It would have been a great ending, but Ozzy promised more.
And it came in the form of "Paranoid," but not before the opening riffs of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" teased us into a false sense of direction. Why the switch? Was it a slip up on
Iommi's part? In any case, "Paranoid" shook the house down, showing why all these years later, Black Sabbath's darkness remains the light in this audience's eyes.
Last Night: Black Sabbath, heavy metal protagonists
Personal bias: Saw the band in the 1970s and on the first reunion tour. Music has a regular rotation on the iPod.
The crowd: Quite a mix with plenty of parents bringing their kids--because they (the parent) wanted to go, of course.
Color of the evening: Black, of course.
Random notebook dump on Ozzy 1: Ozzy's not as pathetic as in 1997. He's still staggering about and seems lost at times, but too much drugs and booze will do that to you.
Random notebook dump on Ozzy 2: Ozzy seems too oblivious to the fact that this is not a hands-above-the-head waving crowd no matter how much he tries to cajole them. They just won't do it.
Overheard murmuring: By the antsy guy behind next to me: "Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck, I love that, I love that, I love that..." at the end of almost every song. (View the complete slideshow here.)
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