Terrorzone: Black Sabbath

By on 20 May 2012

BLACK SABBATH

BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY

Tonight  faced a belligerent backlash on the internet in the face of the continuing saga of Bill Ward’s absence – a saga unresolved at this time of writing – but assuringly Tony, Geezer and Ozzy do what they do best; play some of the best riffs ever written. To a near-delirious audience, singing back the words of ‘War Pigs’ with an accuracy honed by years of adulation, the absence of Bill Ward is clearly forgiven. Contained in the riffs of ‘Electric Funeral’, ‘Black Sabbath’ and ‘N.I.B’ are the very bedrock on which our beloved music is based, topped off with that famed Ozzy wail. No other frontman could pull off a top with a spangly crucifix design and still be lord of this world, but an Ozzy with his best voice in years can. Aside from a set that could never be long enough (it’s so cruel they only play the intros to ‘Symptom Of The Universe’ and ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’), the fact that tonight is so transcendent is not just down to nostalgia and fond memories. In the face of adversity of their own making and not having Bill taking his rightful place on the drum podium at a show in his home town, they still graced Birmingham with one of the greatest shows ever. All who remember this Sabbath day will keep it holy.

Words: Steve Jones

They played:

Into The Void, Under The Sun, Snowblind, War Pigs, Wheels Of Confusion, Electric Funeral, Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Beyond The Wall Of Sleep, N.I.B., Fairies Wear Boots, Tomorrow’s Dream, Sweet Leaf, Sympton Of The Universe (intro), Iron Man, Dirty Women, Children Of The Grave, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (intro), Paranoid

 

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