Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
December 12, 1999
Helsinki, Finland


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


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From: "Michael Karlsson" <>
Organization: University of Helsinki
Date sent: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 11:56:15 EET DST
Subject: Helsinki review
Priority: normal

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 
was fine.

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 
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 
her ear!

The following songs were played (not in the right order):
Black Sabbath
War Pigs
Paranoid (with Supernaut-intro)
Iron Man
Electric Funeral
Fairies Wear Boots
Sweet Leaf
After Forever
Embryo/Children Of The Grave
Into The Void 
Tomorrow's Dream
Dirty Women
+ 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...