A close to sellout crowd reveled in an old-school metal nirvana of reunited Black Sabbath founders Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tommy Iommi and writer/bassist Geezer Butler. In what might be the band’s last visit to Canada, they certainly didn’t disappoint. As the curtain went up and the first notes of Black Sabbath’s doom-fueled classic “War Pigs” blasted through the Rogers Center fans rose to their feet pumping their fists in the air with the band’s signature heavy metal salute.
Abbotsford Photographer Darryl Andrews was there for Today Media and brought us back some excellent photos. All photos copyright Darryl Andrews)
After jumping and furiously head-banging his way through “Into the Void,” the 64-year-old Osborne dumped a bottle of water over his head and took in the crowd with wide eyes and a maniacal smile.
“Let me see your hands!”
“I can’t fucking hear you!”
Classic Prince of Darkness!Osbourne gave thanks and expressed his pride over the fans giving the reunited Sabbath a No. 1 album to tour behind – the first Canadian No. 1 of the group’s 45-year career.
The Wizard of OZZ prowled the stage with the energy, if not the stature, of a younger man. The few days’ rest from the last show no doubt aided the f-bomb-dropping grandpa, as his voice was filled with gusto!
Butler and riff-master Iommi both sounded great as did Rob Zombie drummer, Tommy Clufetos who pounded the drum skins into submission.
Iommi, whose recent cancer treatment has created perhaps finality to touring of the band, put on a particularly impressive display of guitar work, showing no signs of having lost a step.
Gone are the days when a Black Sabbath concert would draw religious protesters upset over the group’s perceived Satanism. Fans with children could be spotted throughout the arena.
It was a night of macabre magic. Five Stars out of Five if you are a Sabbath fan.
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