- Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
- Tony Iommi - Guitar
- Geezer Butler - Bass
- Bill Ward - Drums
- Geoff Nicholls - Keyboards
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TOUR REVIEWS & REMARKS
From: "Michael Karlsson" <email@example.com>
Organization: University of Helsinki
Date sent: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 11:56:15 EET DST
Subject: Helsinki review
The sold out Helsinki gig on December 12th was amazing.
I had never seen Sabbath with Ozzy before, and I was looking forward
to it very much. Actually I had ALMOST seen the band in the summer of
1998 when they played a festival in Finland. I came late though (the
band started too early), and only heard Paranoid from a distance, and
caught a glimpse of Ozzy when he walked off stage. Argh!
But back to Helsinki: the band was in excellent form, and I was
especially surprised about Ozzy's great performance. He seemed to be
really happy to be on stage, and joked around a lot. He had some
trouble with singing a few high parts, but nothing really bad. He
also forgot the lyrics during Into the Void, and angrily sang "la la
la la", while pointing at the monitor with the scrolling lyrics,
trying to get some roadie to fix it. By the second verse everything
I have to say that it was very obvious why Ozzy still is so
popular - he simple is one of the best showmen of all time, and
really knows how to get the crowd on his side.
Bill Ward also played fairly solid, he doesn't keep the timing like a
metronome, that's for sure, and sometimes I noticed Tony and Geezer
smiling a little when Bill screwed up. But Bill sure sounded
like BILL WARD, you know THE BILL WARD FROM BLACK SABBATH, and that
also made the band sound like BLACK SABBATH!
Absolute highlight of the set was "Black Sabbath". The band played an
amazingly powerful version of this classic. Was it just me, or was
the PA louder during that song? Classic!
Overall: a very positive show. The band seemed to be really happy to
play the old songs, and all of them smiled a lot. It had NO hint of
"cash-in, just to get some money before retiring". It was a solid,
powerful show, and any young band can learn many lessons about
playing a great liveshow from watching Sabbath.
A side-note: I'm also very satisfied with my own vocal performance.
I sang along all the time from start to finish, as loud as possible,
and I didn't get any problems with my voice :) In front of me was
some woman who just stood there without getting into the music, and I
had a great time bellowing all the lyrics straight into
The following songs were played (not in the right order):
Paranoid (with Supernaut-intro)
Fairies Wear Boots
Embryo/Children Of The Grave
Into The Void
+ Tony's guitar solo
Tomorrow's Dream and After Forever surprised me, great!
I missed Symptom of the Universe and Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath, but you
can't have everything...