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The War Pigs amassed as the Generals gathered on the stage. Anticipation and electricity filled the air at the Mid- Florida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa, Florida on Monday, July 29th.
The crowd erupted as the stage lit up. All eyes and ears were on the stage, bells chimed as Tony Iommi and company lit into their historical set. Suddenly there they were; the most influential heavy metal band in history. This was a defining moment for me as I swelled with disbelief as to what I was actually witnessing… history.
The mix was amazing! There were plenty of highs and lows registering even back in the cheap seats where I was. I actually chose to be back on the lawn with the rest of all the crazies, the die-hard’s. These are my people! Everyone had the same look of awe on their face as I did. This was Black Sabbath, and everyone was singing along. Most everyone even packed up their air guitars and brought them for an impromptu jam session up on the hill. The younger fans, as young as 9 or 10 as well as the older fans, middle aged and up, were all singing together and rocking out. This was certainly a coming together of all generations as Black Sabbath brought everyone together. If our fearless leaders would have been there, I do believe world peace could have been achieved on that warm Western Florida night.
The horns were up, the drinks were flowing, and a familiar smell of days gone by wafted through the air. Even after multiple line-up changes through the past 40+ years, the original Sabbath (for the most part) were back! Due to contract negotiation failures, the original drummer for Sabbath, Bill Ward, wasn’t involved in this reunion of sorts. Tommy Cluetos formerly of Rob Zombie and Ozzy’s solo days fame took over the skins duties and pardon the pun, he didn’t miss a beat!
The show started with War Pigs just as the sun was setting on the horizon. The scene was a blood red sky that looked as if a fire was burning in the distance. A perfect setting for what was about to take place. The whole set was an eclectic mix of new and old songs including their latest offerings off of the brand new studio album “13″ including God Is Dead (?) and Methademic. Just watching Tony Iommi throw down those tuned down rhythms and signature leads, it was hard to believe that he was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago. He was really on point and such a master of his craft.
This leads me to Ozzy Osbourne. He was a little flat most of the night. Don’t get me wrong, it could have been because of the monitor set up. I heard a lot of people say that they thought it was because he was partying again. I argued that it was because he was sober. This gets into speculative territory so I’ll leave it at that. In no way did it take away from the amazing experience, but I did feel it was noticeable enough to say something. He was still on top of his game, and he is the Prince of F’n Darkness after all.
The show went on for over two hours, close to three, and featured such songs as Snowblind, War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots, plus many more. If there had been a roof on the venue, it would have been completely blown off with the screams and cheers from the audience when they lit into Iron Man. This was definitely a show for the ages. They tore through the set with the fury of a band half their age. I am so happy that I can cross Black Sabbath off of my list of legendary bands I want to see. One couldn’t help but feel that this may be the last time to see them perform together live.
After the show my partner in crime Johnny Falcon and I poured into a cab and went to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Not being much for the gambling we hung out and caught up with some of the revelers that attended the concert, to get their take on things. The consensus was that it was definitely a concert that nobody would ever forget and how awesome they sounded and performed. Some folks we met came from as far away as Kentucky. Some were actual McCoy’s of Hatfield and McCoy fame, and they said they would definitely make the trip again to see them. It says a lot for a show and a band if you are willing to travel half way across the U.S. to see them again.
Here’s hoping Black Sabbath stays around for many years to come. They are still at the top of their game and there are plenty of stories for these guys to tell. Go see this show, history will not repeat itself. Check out the set list and keep those…
1. War Pigs
2. Into the Void
3. Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
5. Age of Reason
6. Black Sabbath
7. Behind the Wall of Sleep
9. End of the Beginning
10. Fairies Wear Boots
12. Rat Salad
13. Drum Solo
14. Iron Man
15. God Is Dead?
16. Dirty Women
17. Children of the Grave
courtesy of metalsucks.net