It was the Northwest stop of the band’s final tour, billed as “The End.” It’s safe to say the expectations of the 20,000-plus fans there were met — and probably exceeded.
The group credited with inventing heavy metal began with its titular track, as the JumboTron showed a demon born from a red egg and light washed over the crowd like a bath of fire. The rush of energy in the Dome felt genuine and celebratory
Osbourne, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler were joined by 36-year-old drummer Tommy Clufetos, who filled in for original member Bill Ward.
Known for its looming, brooding rebellion and big, bassy rhythms mixed with quick yet heavy guitar riffs, the band struck note after note, beat after beat perfectly during its 14-song, 100-minute set. Butler and Iommi were exceedingly proficient, their fingers metronomic.
Hits included “Paranoid” and “War Pigs,” each of which spawned head bangs and fist pumps from the adoring crowd.
Though Osbourne, Iommi and Butler, all in their late 60s, were visibly slowed by age — including Osbourne’s slight physical tremors and his well-known muttering — the band’s music didn’t suffer. And besides, the point of the night was to appreciate, not criticize, if for just one more time.
The point was for the gray-haired heavy-metal fan 25 rows up to forget his day-to-day grind, lean as far over the railing as he could, hold an invisible microphone in both hands, and shout-sing the lyrics for over an hour and a half. The point was to live for just one more night in the bat-chewed, dark art of heavy-metal music.
This did not seem to be lost on Osbourne, who said to the audience, “Thank you for my life,” before exiting the stage with his band.
And just like that it was over.
1. Black Sabbath
2. Fairies Wear Boots
3. After Forever
4. Into the Void
6. War Pigs
7. Behind the Wall of Sleep
9. Hand of Doom
10. Rat Salad
11. Iron Man
12. Dirty Women
13. Children of the Grave
Article courtesy of Jake Uitti / The Seattle Times
Photo courtesy of Amanda Fritz & Entertainment Whore
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne unveil their reboot of The Osbournes TV show to Kerrang!, as we prepare to go back to the madhouse.
Sharon has revealed that her husband, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, has given the go-ahead to film new episodes of the reality series, because he was so drunk for the show’s initial run that he can’t remember any of it. Speaking on ‘Loose Women’ on Friday afternoon, the former ‘X Factor’ judge said: “Ozzy has decided that he wants to do another few episodes, not a whole season, about eight episodes, of ‘The Osbournes’.
“He said that for the whole three years that we did it he was drunk the whole time. But he would like to do one where he’s completely sober, as he is now.”
‘The Osbournes’ was initially intended as a light-hearted look behind the scenes at one of the biggest families in rock music, but ended up touching on some serious subjects, such as Kelly Osbourne’s troubles with addiction, and Sharon’s battle with colon cancer.
She added: “It’s been 13 years and our lives have changed so much that it’s a kind of catch-up, like, ‘What are they doing now?’”
Since the show’s first run, when Kelly and Jack Osbourne were still teenagers, Jack has had his own struggles with substance abuse, but is now sober.
After fronting his own reality series, ‘Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie’, he defied the odds by finishing in third place on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ last year, having been recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Kelly, meanwhile, enjoyed a brief stint as a popstar, but is now best known for her work on ‘Fashion Police’, where she dishes out her opinion on the week’s best and worst dressed.
In an interview with Joan Rivers last year, Kelly admitted that she had mixed feelings towards her time on ‘The Osbournes’, saying: “The first season I couldn’t believe that I was going to be on MTV… second season, I couldn’t believe that I was famous… and third season, I wanted to kill myself. I hated it.”
Ozzy and Sharon have a third child together, Aimee, who opted not to appear in the show, and has been critical of her family’s behaviour in the series since it first aired.
I almost missed that one. I expected another Osbournes xmas special in one of the people magazines; Instead we have xmas wishes from Mrs O. in last week issue of Kerrang. and again we all know Ozzy hates Christmas. There is also a small feature Ozzy and.. Christmas… He still hates Christmas.
An old article from Kerrang!!
This week Kerrang!! special. At Home with the prince of Darkness. Interview, Photos…
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In the lastest issue of Kerrang! Ozzy Talks about the songs that saved his life. Lots of Classic Rock and the Beatles.
As you all known, Black Sabbath are set to headline a huge all-day festival as part of July’s British Summer Festival event in London’s Hyde Park.
The band will be joined by Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead, Soulfly, Gallows, Blitz Kids, Rise To Remain, The Bots and more on Friday 4 July.
Ozzy explains: “The first time I came to London I didn’t have a pot to piss in and I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave. Returning almost 50 years on, we are doing a it better for ourselves so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park, the most beautiful park in London that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past. We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the Royals will enjoy it!”