Welcome to Rockville!!

Ozzy officialy kicked off his “No More Tours 2” last Friday night (April 27) at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida. He was joined at the gig by his longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (guitar), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).

The setlist  for the concert was as follows:

Db4J7qAU8AAr6Iy01. Bark At The Moon

02. Mr. Crowley 03. I Don’t Know

04. Suicide Solution

05. No More Tears

06. Road To Nowhere

07. War Pigs 08. Miracle Man / Crazy Babies / Desire / Perry Mason (Zakk Wylde Guitar Solo)

09. Drum Solo

10. I Don’t Want To Change The World

11. Shot In The Dark

12. Crazy Train Encore:

13. Mama, I’m Coming Home 14. Paranoid

 

 

 

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No More Tours…. 2

Ozzy revealed details about his forthcoming “No More Tours 2”, a reference to his 1992 “No More Tours” trek.
Tour Band has been confirmed too: Ozzy will be joined on stage by his longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (guitar), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).
The initial North American dates produced by Live Nation kick off August 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and conclude October 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a Thursday, October 11 stop at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; Ozzy will be joined by STONE SOUR for this leg of the tour.
Prior to the full North American run, Ozzy will officially launch the “No More Tours 2” in Mexico in May, before heading to South America for solo shows in three countries. Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to begin Friday, June 1 in Moscow, Russia.
This tour, expected to take Ozzy around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows in the future.
Ozzy’s North American tour dates:

Apr. 27 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
Apr. 29 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock
Aug. 30 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
Sep. 01 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Sep. 04 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Sep. 06 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
Sep. 08 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Sep. 10 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep. 12 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Sep. 14 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Sep. 16 – Cuyahoga Falls OH @ Blossom Music Center
Sep. 19 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Center
Sep. 21 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 23 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sep. 26 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
Sep. 28 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sep. 30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Oct. 02 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Oct. 06 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Oct. 09 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Oct. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

Ozzy’s overseas tour dates:

May 05 – Mexico @ Heaven & Hell Festival
May 08 – Santiago, Chile @ Pista Atletica
May 11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Geba
May 13 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
May 16 – Curitiba, Brazil @ Pedreira Paulo Leminski
May 18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Esplanada Do Mineirao
May 20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Apoteose
Jun. 01 – Moscow, Russia @ Olympiisky
Jun. 03 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Jun. 06 – Finland @ Rockfest
Jun. 08 – Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 10 – Donington, UK @ Download
Jun. 13 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Prague Rocks Festival, Airport Letnany
Jun. 15 – Paris, France @ Download Festival
Jun. 17 – Italy @ Firenze Rocks
Jun. 20 – Halden, Norway @ Tons of Rock Festival
Jun. 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell Festival
Jun. 24 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 26 – Krakow, Poland @ Impact
Jun. 28 – Oberhausen, Germany @ König-Pilsner Arena
Jun. 30 – Madrid, Spain @ Download
Jul. 02 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena
Jul. 05 – Barcelona, Spain @ Rock Fest
Jul. 08 – Tel Aviv, Israel @ Live Park

The previous dates announced:

July 14 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
July 16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air Festival
August 9 – Sturgis, SD @ The Legendary Buffalo Chip
August 21 – Cartersville, IL @ Moonstock Festival

have not appeared on the tour dates published yesterday.

Ozzy Osbourne to Reunite With Zakk Wylde for Summer Tour

To coincide with the announcement of a “final summer tour I thought that it would be a good idea to restart this blog and website I have neglected for a few years.

Ozzy Osbourne will reunite with long-time guitarist Zakk Wylde for a summer tour that marks the 30th anniversary of when the two first collaborated together.
The Black Sabbath singer and Wylde first teamed up in 1987 when the guitarist replaced Osbourne’s then-guitarist Jake E. Lee. Wylde contributed to Osbourne solo album stretching from 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked to 2007’s Black Rain, which was the last Ozzy album to feature the guitarist.
“I haven’t fallen out with Zakk, but Zakk’s got his own band, and I felt like my stuff was beginning to sound like Black Label Society,” Osbourne said in 2009 after revealing he was parting ways with Wylde. “I just felt like I wanted a change, you know?”
So far, the duo has announced four dates together, their first tour since 2006, although Wylde played sporadically with Osbourne’s Ozzy and Friends unit. The four summer dates will also be Osbourne’s first solo shows since 2015, with “additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.”

Osbourne and Wylde will be joined on the road by the singer’s go-to touring unit of bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” Osbourne said in a statement. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”
The singer also reiterated his plans to record a new solo album that will arrive in 2018; it’s unclear if Wylde will also take part in the recording.

First dates announced so far

July 14 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
July 16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air Festival
August 9 – Sturgis, SD @ The Legendary Buffalo Chip
August 21 – Cartersville, IL @ Moonstock Festival

the End tour – Melbourne Concert Review

Cgfqow3UUAEM4w7Black Sabbath is a totally unique band. Think about what comes from guitar, bass, drums and one of the most distinctive vocalists of the rock era. When Black Sabbath stops later this year, a piece of rock history will be over.

“Is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end”. For Melbourne it was the last Black Sabbath show ever but for Black Sabbath they still have a long way to go. There are shows still to come for Europe and the Americas.

Melbourne fans came out in the thousands to farewell the founders of metal. Before Black Sabbath there was no such thing as metal. The term was made for them. To watch them is like watching an inventor explain his device.

And so it was for 1 hour and 40 minutes until our last glimpse at Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi together took place in Melbourne, Australia.

The setlist was interesting. The newest song Dirty Women was 40 years old. Nine of the 14 songs came from the first two albums Black Sabbath and Paranoid, both released in 1970. There was nothing from the recent 13.

Black Sabbath represented a moment in time and tonight was a look back in time. It was a time when artists took risks, were themselves, spoke a message. Sabbath surfaced just after Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and well after The Beatles, The Stones and The Who. When you think of who preceded them, they didn’t follow, instead they challenged and carved a new rock route.

Watching Sabbath’s final moments was important because it reminds everyone that greatness doesn’t come from copying, it comes from creating. From the very moment you heard the opening sounds of the very first song there was no mistaking who this band was.

Black Sabbath albums are some of the greatest artistic works of our time. We have lost so many great acts in recent times, like Bowie and Lemmy, already this year. We are at a stage in live music where we are lucky that some of the creators of the renaissance of the rock era are still here to perform … but it won’t last forever. This is a band that won’t be replaced by the next big thing.

There is definitely something surreal witnessing what we know is the final stage of one of the greatest rock bands in history.

Black Sabbath set list, Melbourne, April 19, 2016

Main Set
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Black Sabbath (from Black Sabbath, 1970)
Fairies Wear Boots (from Paranoid, 1970)
After Forever (from Master of Reality, 1971)
Snowblind (from Volume 4, 1974)
Into The Void (from Master of Reality, 1971)
War Pigs (from Paranoid, 1970)
Behind The Wall of Sleep (from Black Sabbath, 1970)
N.I.B. (from Black Sabbath, 1970)
Hand of Doom (from Paranoid, 1970)
Rat Salad (from Paranoid, 1970)
Iron Man (from Paranoid, 1970)
Dirty Women (from Technical Ecstasy, 1976)
Children of the Grave (from Master of Reality, 1971)
Encore
Paranoid (from Paranoid, 1970)
Article courtsey of Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Photo: courtesy of Ross Halfin