What does it sound like?:
Black Sabbath brought their five decade career to a close in February of this year with this show on their home turf in Birmingham.
As you’d expect, the show leans heavily on their early run of classic metal albums, with nothing from their last studio outing ‘13’. The atmosphere is, as they say, electric, as a tolling bell introduces Tony Iommi’s iconic guitar riff to Black Sabbath, swiftly followed by Fairies Wear Boots, after which the band switch into Volume 4’s maybe not so well known closing medley of Under The Sun and Every Day Comes and Goes. The Masters of Realirty single After Forever is next up as classic follows classic – Snowblind, War Pigs, NIB, Supernaut, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – you name ‘em, they’re here. There are no real surprises in the set list, but this victory lap wasn’t the occasion for left field selections. Ozzy gees up the audience in his own imitable way during this nostalgia fest – the only thing sadly missing is Bill Ward’s unique drumming – what a shame some agreement couldn’t be reached for this final show. A final barrage of Iron Man, Children of the Grave and of course Paranoid brings this emotional trip down heavy metal’s memory lane to a fitting climax. However, all is not over – five songs not performed during the show are added as an extra from a live session recorded afterwards at Angelic Studios, including the mighty Sweet Leaf.
What does it all *mean*?
Another rock giant exits stage left for the final time, although Ozzy of course will return in 2018 where he’s already been announced as one of the headliners at the Download festival next summer.
Goes well with…
Lots of beer, remembering days now long past.
Might suit people who like…
Sabbath bloody Sabbath of course!