A Black Sabbath Afterparty: FilmBar Hosts "Boot Sabbath: Live & Rare" After Friday's Show
For the true Black Sabbath devotee, there is only one place to be on Friday night. No, not US Airways Center. Sure, a true devotee would probably pay some shekels to see three quarters of the band that created Paranoid, Masters of Reality, and Volume IV in the flesh, sagging though it may be, someone who wants to be in the same auditorium with Ozzy's bellow and Tony Iommi's prosthetic fingertips.
But what about the fans still smarting about Bill Ward's dismissal, or the Sabbath never-say-diehards who didn't like the new album or quite frankly preferred the band when there were more members of Deep Purple in it.
For that special strand of worshipper, the only place to be Friday is at the FilmBar when The Unfathomable Film Freakout hosts "Boot Sabbath: Live & Rare," a collection of Sabbath videos from every Sabbath lineup, lovingly transferred from hard-to-find VHS tapes. For the cost of one energy drink at a stadium show, you can hear and see Sabbath not only with Bill Ward, but with Cozy Powell, Ian Gillian, Ronnie James Dio... even Bev Bevan, the timekeeper of ELO!
And its midnight showtime ensures that people going to the concert will be able to contrast and compare. With that in mind we spoke with The Unfathomable Film Freakout compere Dan Stone, who in the past has brought us such music-related fare as Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park and Metallimania, the only tear-free documentary about Metallica.
Do you think you're going to get more of the people who are looking for something to do after the show or people who couldn't afford the high ticket price and refused to see them tarnishing their legacy?
Ideally, both crowds will come down before and after the concert. FilmBar is located less than a mile from US Airways Center, on 2nd Street, so it's a perfect place to get warmed up for the show. And with the Boot Sabbath show starting at midnight, everyone will have plenty of time to get from the show back to FilmBar and get some beers and continue the party.
For those not going to the show, this will be your best bet to get in on the festivities tied in with the big rock show. Plus I'm doing giveaways from Revolver Records, Heavy Metal Television, and Love & Hate Tattoo.
Why didn't you give yourself the night off and go?
We could have taken the night off, but then the people would have nowhere to go before and after the Sabbath show. We cannot in good conscience let our fellow rock and roll fans be dropped into a strange downtown environment without anywhere to prepare or come down from the show!
The people need a place to go. Think of Boot Sabbath as the community center in an 80's breakdancing movie, but without all the breakdancing, and a lot more Black Sabbath.
Is the Bill Ward contingency still mad about his getting the boot? That petition to get him on this tour amassed a lot of signatures.
The online petitions seem to have fallen away and the fury seems to have died down now that the record is out. And with the chances of this being a farewell tour rather high, people are letting the issue go.
However, we at the Freakout still support Mr. Ward and will feature plenty of his most frenzied work. We will certainly not be digitally removing him from any performances.
There's been a lot of Sabbath without Bill Ward you can already point to.
Vinny Appice played with Sabbath during the Mob Rules/Live Evil era, and was back for Dehumanizer in 92. Bev Bevan was in and out from about 83-87. Cozy Powell even hit the skins for Sabbath for a brief period in the late '80s. We don't want to say too much, but we can put ELO fans' minds at ease and say that yes, Bev Bevan will be represented in the show.