Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
August 18, 1999
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, MI


  • Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
  • Tony Iommi - Guitar
  • Geezer Butler - Bass
  • Bill Ward - Drums
  • Geoff Nicholls - Keyboards


None available - if you have any, let me know.


From: "Eric J. Knight" <>
Subject: BLack Sabbath reunion show/The Sabs NEED Dio!!
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 22:26:19 GMT

Well, my life is now complete! I can die now; I finally got to see Black 
Sabbath, the Godfathers of heavy metal. I just had one problem w/ last 
nites show at the Van Andel in Grand Rapids, MI.......Ozzy sucks!
Throughout the entire show, Ozzy looked like he near death and half 
comotose. That is no lie. He was the worst performer I've ever seen! And 
don't try to tell me its because of his age because Bill suffered a massive 
heart attack not too long ago and KICKED SOME SERIOUS ASS!!! Both Geezer & 
Tony did a great job. Everyone was great, but Ozzy. The best part of the 
show was when Ozzy bowed to Tony, rightfully so. I thought that was way 
cool. For the last song, "Paranoid", Ozzy completely screwed it up!!!!! 
Ask yourself this, How the hell do you screw up "Paranoid"! The whole song 
sounded like he was mumbling or something. One thing I know for sure is 
that it was not singing!

After Tony and Geezer, and maybe even Bill, have all finished their solo 
projects next year and gotten some rest from Sabbath (especially Tony, who 
needs an extended break) they need to come back, reform the band and hire 
Ronnie again! (At least Ronnie would never screw up "Paranoid"!) Mr. Dio 
is needed more than ever!!

May Dio reign in the Sabbath frontman's spot again!
Eric Knight, <>

Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 21:31:32 EDT
Subject: Reunion Tour Report(August 18th,1999 Grand Rapids,Michigan)

Hey I saw Sabbath for the second time.I went all the way from Birch 
Run,Michigan to Van Andel arena in Grand Rapids to see Black Sabbath with 
Drain S.T.H. and Godsmack.Drain S.T.H. and Godsmack both put on good shows 
so did Sabbath although there was certain points at the concert when Ozzy's 
voice wasn't perfect but that wasn't his fault it was cause of some kind of 
allergy thing going on.He was drinking more water that I had seen any 
singer drink between performing.He did put a lot of effort into 
performing.he really did so I don't wanna hear no complaints at all. Tony 
did an amazing Guitar solo.The guitar solo was the beginning of the song 
Die Young when he performed with Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls before Sabbath 
started performing Snowblind.Great Show.I hope to see Ozzy again and 
Sabbath too if they don't break up(I don't think they will officially split 
at all)Well take care

Ryan McReynolds 

Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 00:22:41 EDT
Subject: Black Sabbath in Grand Rapids

I went all the way from Birch Run,Michigan to Grand Rapids,Michigan to see 
Black Sabbath with Drain S.T.H. and Godsmack.Great shows. I held up a sign 
that said Tony Iommi and Maria Sjoholm forever and always. I had a floor 
seat and it was cool.I got confetti dropped on me after Sabbath was done 
performing and fireworks went off.I picked up a bunch of pieces of Black
Sabbath confetti.This was the second time I seen Sabbath.The first time I 
had seen them was Feb 14th at The Palace of Auburn Hills.Cool Shows. I hope 
to see members of Sabbath doing solo shows and if Sabbath does tour again I 
hope to see them again.

Ryan McReynolds

Date: Sat, 04 Sep 1999 12:49:57 -0400
From: Mike Wescott <>
Subject: Sabbath's Van Andel show

WOW! This was the second chance I had to see the Sabs this year (the first 
was in Detroit), and I actually thought that this show was better. It was 
basically the same set list as the first Reunion tour, except they took out 
"Dirty Women" and added a dynamic guitar solo. Of course they opened with 
"War Pigs", and when the lights went down and the sirens balsted, you could 
feel the electricity in the air. Unlike last time, the band did not rise 
from under the stage, but instead Ozzy came out from behind the stage 
first, followed by the rest of the guys. My friends and I had first row 
seats in the upper balcony, and could look directly down upon the stage. 
What a true thrill!! Ozzy's voice was bothering him, and he let us know by 
saying "If I'm singing like an asshole I'm sorry, but it ain't my fault 
man...", but I couldn't really tell anyway. Sorry, I digress... They 
hammered through a thunderous version of "N.I.B." after "War Pigs", and 
went on to play such hits as "Sweet Leaf", "Snowblind", "Fairies Wear 
Boots", "Black Sabbath", "Iron Man", and so many others. I think there was 
a total of 13 or 14 songs, but I'm not totally sure. My personal favorite 
song of the entire evening was a truly bombastic version of "After 
Forever". All in all, I think I had more fun at this concert than I have 
had at almost any other. On a personal note, I forced my Dad to come with, 
and he never really got into Sabbath, but after the concert even he was 
amazed by the power of the four original members (Cool! A 17 year old kid 
got his 50 year old dad into Black Sabbath. Isn't it usually the other way
around?). He and I agreed: there is NO other hard rock band that could ever 
come close to these guys. To sum it all up, from the opening chords of "War 
Pigs" to the closing notes of "Paranoid" (which actually started with a 
little slice of "Supernaut" and ended with a cool fireworks display), this 
was a show which proved that Black Sabbath are truly the rulers of the hard 
rock/heavy metal relm. May Black Sabbath live forever... Brett Billedeau.