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REVIEW: Black Sabbath O2 Academy Birmingham

by Max Power on May 21, 2012

in Live,News

It was simply amazing! I have to admit I had low expectations especially of Ozzy and his vocal abilities. But they were super tight and he nailed it, a great frontman even now in his 60s.

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Black Sabbath

We found out that he had to have the lyrics on a monitor in front of him which is hardly surprising given how much he has abused his brain over the years! So he didn’t move around much but it hardly mattered.

Tony Iommi looked super cool in his leather trenchcoat and didn’t move much – as is his custom – just delivered the goods without a mistake in sight. Several times the crowd cheered his name, willing him to get better. Geezer Butler was sensational and it made me realise how important his bass sound is to Sabbath.

The setlist was very well chosen with a mix of hits and album tracks. I was surprised that they played for example ‘Wizard’ – complete with Ozzy on Harmonica (didn’t even know it was him who played it!).

The crowd lapped it up as you would expect. Ozzy lapsed between American and Brummy accents which was hilarious. The drummer Tommy Cluefetos is a young guy who is Ozzys drummer and he NAILED IT. (Founding member Bill Ward withdrew from the reunion after internal bickering with the band).

Highlights for me were NIB and Black Sabbath, with of course Paranoid as a closer nailing it.

Could not have enjoyed it more to be honest… and I get to see em at Download festival in a few weeks time!

We had backstage passes but instead went straight to our Hotel bar to talk it out and of course get drunk :)

The Black Sabbath setlist was:
Into The Void
(from Master of Reality, 1971)
Under The Sun

(from Black Sabbath Vol. 4, 1972)
Snowblind

(from Black Sabbath Vol. 4, 1972)
War Pigs
(from Paranoid, 1970)
Wheels of Confusion

(from Black Sabbath Vol. 4, 1972)
Electric Funeral
(from Paranoid, 1970)
Black Sabbath
(from Black Sabbath, 1970)
The Wizard
(from Black Sabbath, 1970)
Behind The Wall of Sleep
(from Black Sabbath, 1970)
NIB
(from Black Sabbath, 1970)
Fairies Wear Boots
(from Paranoid, 1970)
Tomorrow’s Dream
(from Black Sabbath Vol. 4, 1972)
Sweet Leaf
(from Master of Reality, 1971)
Symptom of The Universe/Drum Solo
Iron Man
(from Paranoid, 1970)
Dirty Women
(from Technical Ecstasy, 1976)
Children of The Grave
(from Master of Reality, 1971)

Encore:
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (from Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 1973)
Paranoid (from Paranoid, 1970)

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