Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
December 14, 1999
Globen
Stockholm, Sweden

THE BAND

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

CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY

You can view the photo gallery for this concert here.

TOUR REVIEWS & REMARKS

From: "Vesa Karppinen" <vkarppinen@hotmail.com>
To: list@black-sabbath.com
Subject: Black Sabbath in Finland, 12th of December 1998
Date sent: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 07:39:04 PST

Black Sabbath did a show at Helsinki, Finland and here's my review:

SET LIST: (at least these were played)
War Pigs
N.I.B.
Fairies Wear Boots
Into the Void
Electric Funeral
After Forever
Sweet Leaf
Snowblind
Tomorrows Dream
Dirty Women
Black Sabbath
Iron Man
Children of the Grave
------------------------
Paranoid w/ Supernaut-intro

Well, the first opening act, Godsmack, was worse than I anticipated. The music was really monotonous and predicrable. They are good musicians but they lack with originality. The second opening act, Drain STH, was great. I liked 'em, those girls have knowledge how to make great melodies and heavy riffs - some songs we're really Iommi-ish... But that obvious 'cause one of those chicks is Mr. Iommi's fiancÚ... Good songs and great looks, heh !

Black Sabbath started their show with War Pigs, and the full Helsinki Icehall went nuts, including me. It was a real pleasure to see Ozzy in a such great shape. His voice was clean and sharp, if you remember he's 51, not 21... Overall, his vocals were really good, a much better than in Provinssirock in 1998. After N.I.B. he turned around and showed his pale ass to us, so Ozzy was his usual self - the greatest showman on earth ! Someone threw a HIFK-shirt to the stage and as a nice gesture Ozzy pulled it on and weared it for a couple of songs.

Tony Iommi fucked up the intro to War Pigs. Ha ! But after that minor but audible mistake his playing was killing. So heavy, dark and passionate - you gotta hear it by yourself... Electric Funeral made the earth rumble... Great performance, indeed ! I liked his solo, it was well strucured and not too long. Thumbs up.

Bill Ward did a great job behind the drumkit, I can't believe he suffered a heart attack not so long ago. Ozzy made us to scream his name about 20 times... It's great too see him there, beating the hell out of the set. Great performance, indeed !!!!

Geezer Butler was his usual self. he didn't move around so much but his bass-playing was incredible. The intro to N.I.B. was so wicked and that song hammered thru like a train !! The greatest bassist on earth.

The show was absolutely fantastic - I am not dissapointed - I had to travel about 1600 kilometres to see 'em but it was all worth it. If this the end of Black Sabbath, I must say that they die with their boots on, but if they're going to continue (I really hope so, they are better than ever) I'm gonna be there if they ever return to Finland.

BLACK SABBATH IS GOD !

Vesa Karppinen
Adder
http://www.angelfire.com/rock/Adder


From: Rickard.Westerberg@lule.frontec.se
To: siegler@black-sabbath.com
Date sent: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 14:32:56 +0100
Subject: Concert review: Black Sabbath Stockholm December 14, 1999

In Stockholm, 15 000 Swedish Sabbath fans attended the show at the Stockholm Globe Arena on the 14th of December 1999. Two supporting acts tried to get the crowd going, of which Swedish Female rockers "Drain" did surprisingly well. Great singer, she really is an authority on stage. Good voice and a Zack De La Rocha-inspired stage appearance. Good-looking too...

Anyway, people came to see Sabbath - and finally the sirens of "War Pigs" started to Wail. The crowd went crazy immediately and the entire show was a triumph for Ozzy and the guys. After "N.I.B", I was exhausted after jumping and screaming constantly during the first two songs - and that was just the beginning...

Ozzy was remarkably vital on stage and I think he had a good time as well. Both Geezer and Tony smiled quite often during the show, revealing that they were enjoying this particular gig. Disappointing that Sabbath didn't even have a proper backdrop - the light show was the only "extra" as for a stage show. Sound was average - loud with good drum sound but Geezer was lost somewhere in the mix. Ozzy's voice was mostly reasonably strong and with good timing, but during "Sweet Leaf" and "Snowblind" his voice cracked a bit.

But what the heck - with a frontman as crazy as Ozzy, You can't go wrong. The crowd was totally ecstatic, Ozzy really did a great job and by the time "Children Of The Grave" started to roar through the arena 15 000 Swedes were jumping and screaming in total mayhem. "Paranoid" finally ended 90 minutes of sheer (black?) magic.

This was the best show I have ever seen, and I am absolutely sure that hard rock/heavy metal doesn't get any better than this. And that fact will be true - forever.

Thank You, Ozzy, Geezer, Tony and Bill (and Geoff), for a truly fantastic show.

Sincerely,

Rickard Westerberg
Lulea, Sweden

-----------------------------------------------
Set list (If i remember the songs in the right order):

War Pigs
N.I.B.
Fairies Wear Boots
After Forever
Electric Funeral
Sweet Leaf
Into The Void
-Guitar Solo
Snowblind
Tomorrow's Dream
Black Sabbath
Dirty Women
Iron Man
Supernaut (intro) / Children Of The Grave
Paranoid