May 9th 2013 08:57
In my opinion there has only ever been one band that can be classified as the originators of metal and thatís Black Sabbath. Certainly other bands played a part, just more in the evolution of metal. Sabbath are the ones responsible for creating and influencing what many consider the greatest form of music in the world.
Before the tragic passing of Ronnie James Dio I did see Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath Mark 2), which was sensational. Having said that I was a lot more pumped to see the Ozzy Osbourne fronted version of the band. Iíll admit it had something to do with the fact that Ozzy hasnít looked after himself over the years so the chances of seeing him are getting less. Guitarist Tony Iommi health isnít the best either so I would take any opportunity to see the band.
Getting to Rod Laver Arena has never been easy. With the traditional drop off point now closed itís even more difficult. I used to be able to avoid much of the crowd, not anymore. The place was as packed as I have ever seen it, there was no way to get near the merchandise stand. Despite people being everywhere I was surprised that I didnít notice anyone I knew. This all changed as I was about to go up the lift. I began to run into several familiar faces, which made sense because if Black Sabbath couldnít bring out many of the regulars, no one could. In amongst all this chaos Shihad were playing, I feel safe saying no one was there to see them. I got so carried away catching up with people I nearly missed the start.
Beginning with War Pigs, Black Sabbath put on a show that would please most fans. More importantly though was the new songs were killer (even though I thought they played too many) and while Ozzy struggled at times it wasnít enough to make me discourage anyone from seeing the band.
Of the early songs Snowblind was a highlight, their title track of course was brilliant reminding me why I canít get enough of slow into heavy music. The defining moment for me was N.I.B. as I was singing ďmy name is Lucifer, please take my handĒ I thought yep, Iíve lost the plot.
Towards the end I telt like I had written the set list. They played my favorite song Dirty Women and followed it up with
Children of the Grave. It was at this point I nearly said to my mate that I couldnít cope.
After briefly leaving the stage Black Sabbath returned and sadly only teased Sabbath Bloody Sabbath before launching into Paranoid to bring the night to a close.
On the way out everyone seemed to agree that Black Sabbath were impressive and surpassed expectations. As expected conversation did turn to former frontman Tony Martin and how weíd like to see him perform with the band at least once.
I thought maybe I would only see the first incarnation of Black Sabbath once. They would be too old and potentially not cut it live that I would have no interest in seeing them again. Iím thrilled to say this isnít the case and with their new album not far away it might not be too long before theyíre back. We can only hope.
Into the Void
Under the Sun
Behind the Wall of Sleep
End of the Beginning
Fairies Wear Boots
Symptom of the Universe (instrumental)
God Is Dead
Children of the Grave