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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

the End tour – Adelaide Concert review

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the end tour – Adelaide Concert

After 47 years of writing, recording, and touring it has all come down to this – The End. Starting this tour in Omaha, Nebraska, Ozzy Osbourne and Co. have traversed the planet, and last night (April 17) they brought their epic live show to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Thousands gathered outside the AEC front doors, waiting eagerly to charge in. They wanted nothing more than to experience the band that so many of the middle-aged crowd had likely idolised for the majority of their lives. This being the last time that Black Sabbath – in this form, anyway – would be appearing in little old Adelaide, it had all the makings of a historic event.

Hailing from Long Beach, California, support act Rival Sons had a high standard to live up to, and they certainly did so. Receiving much louder entrance applause than they had expected, the four piece (five including the gloriously-bearded touring keyboard player) fired into Electric Man, the opening track from 2014s Great Western Valkyrie, and sparked the crowd to life. Searing vocals from Jay Buchanan and tight backing from the band allowed the band to create an electrifying blend of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Bad Company that and wouldn’t have sounded out-of-place in the 1970s.

By the time they’d rolled into Pressure and Time, the crowd was well and truly warmed up and with the closing trio of Where I’ve Been, Open My Eyes, and Keep On Swinging, Rival Sons had performed beyond expectations.

Darkness then covered the masses, and the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne sprinted from backstage to greet the crowd warmly. Riff-machine Tony Iommi, groove-master Geezer Butler, and replacement-drummer Tommy Clufetos, swiftly took to the stage to a deafening roar.

They opened with the tune that started it all – Black Sabbath. A dark, pulverising, track, it gave the fans exactly what they wanted. It was clear that the group, through all of the line-up changes, hiatuses, and solo careers, were still at the top of their game even though they’re well and truly past their prime.

Playing tracks from their self-titled debut, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol. 4, and Technical Ecstasy, the heavy metal pioneers seemed to enjoy themselves more than the audience did – which is saying quite a lot.

12983993_10153602148601818_7390017116069612916_oWhat Ozzy might now lack in maneuverability, he makes up for in wit and enthusiasm, and there were very few instances of the voice troubles that apparently plagued their Perth show. Iommi and Butler were as cool, calm, and collected as ever, performing their rolls, and occasionally having a slight chuckle at Osbourne’s antics and crowd engagement. “I remember coming here in 2003 – wait – no, it was 1971,” he remarked, showing no signs of his infamous reality-TV former self. Original drummer Bill Ward’s replacement, Clufetos, performed admirably, never trying to outdo his older bandmates. His extended drum solo was flawless, but it felt a little forced; almost as to say “sorry Bill wasn’t here, but look, this guy is REALLY good too.” The lack of Bill Ward was the only negative of the night.
Crowd pleasers War Pigs, Iron Man, and Children of the Grave were performed impeccably, resulting in the crowd pouring all of their love back onto the band. Paranoid closed out what was undeniably a memorable night. If this is truly is the end, the world will sorely miss this monumental group, cause they’re still pretty damn impressive.

Article courtesy of Rip It Up

Photos courtesy of Sanjaka

 

the End tour – Perth Concert review

getimagecontent_1_1bh3d4p-1bh3d6dOpening with the aptly titled Black Sabbath, the song’s slow beat and droning guitar alongside pacing lyrics acted like a mission statement.

“Let’s go crazy tonight!” Ozzy Osbourne barked mid-song, and Tony Iommi’s guitar twisted into a muted frenzy with Geezer Butler turning up the grit on his bass.

Some call and response between Osbourne and the audience was rewarded with sludge metal megahit Into The Void, and various audience members couldn’t contain their enthusiasm, with some seated punters upright and head banging so hard they had a real chance of leaving with a concussion – all in the name of air guitar and air drumming dedication.

A band introduction on the first night of the tour saw the effects of long-haul flights kick in for the legendary wordsmith. “I’m still jetlagged from the flight so please excuse me,” Osbourne admitted through a constantly breaking voice. He could barely talk, but singing was a different matter.

At 67 years of age, it’s hard to fault his stage presence or (for the most part) vocal ability, with the singer able to hold a steady note for days. Although, after hearing “I can’t hear you! I still can’t hear you!” every second song, one might think his stage banter is less about theatrics and more a medical condition.

War Pigs also suffered a false start: “Sorry about that folks, it’s our first night in Australia.” But it was only one of few faults from the band.

Osbourne might steal the spotlight and be the most widely known member but it wasn’t just a one man show, with the band’s other three members (and the session musos hidden side of stage by curtains) proving their worth over and over again, from Butler’s sweeping, mesmerising intro to N.I.B. and more, drummer Tommy Clufetos pounding the absolute shit out of the drums in every song (almost stealing the entire show with a drum solo while the main man took a mid-set break), and Iommi making complex guitar work look like child’s play; all three powerhouse elements coming together nicely during various jams throughout the set.

Apart from their shredding ability, there was nothing more metal than a punter in a wheelchair crowd surfing to Iron Man, and that was indeed one of the show’s highlights.

getimagecontent_1_1bh3d61-1bh3d6eThe pace and structure of each song was truly what kept things interesting; a songwriting trait that helped them pioneer a genre and still holds up today, hits like Hand Of Doom and Children Of The Grave a prime example of that.

Before anyone had a chance to soak in a memorable and historic hour-and-a-half, the end of the beginning of the end had arrived with encore Paranoid (featuring crowd surfing wheelchair punter again) and Black Sabbath had played their final ever Perth show. The show was a bittersweet goodbye to an iconic band that had given punters so much over the past five decades.

Black Sabbath Add dates to South America tour

Dates seemed to be more rumours (closed to become true) than official… Nothing filtered on the Sabbath camp as yet.
Black Sabbath Fan Clube Brasil reveals all the dates on their facebook page.12994429_795256520607785_9221038383502361819_n

19/11/16-Santiago, Chile
22/11/16-Asuncion, Paraguay
24/11/16-Cordoba, Argentina
26/11/16-Buenos Aires, Argentina
30/11/16-Curitiba, Brazil
02/12/16-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
04/12/16-São Paulo, Brazil

And as the rumors have already pointed out, The opening act invited will be the RIVAL SONS.