Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
February 15, 1999
The Palace
Detroit, MI


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


You can view the photo gallery for this concert here.


From: "john lamping" <>
Subject: sabbath 2/15 detroit show
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 23:42:52 PST

Hey everybody,

I just came back from tonights show at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan. WOW!! I've seen sabbath 3 times before, (twice with Tony Martin and once with Dio) but the show tonight blew them all away.

Got to the show too late to see the Deftones, but did get there just in time for Pantera. Phil was looking like Lemmy jr. and doing his usual stomping and ranting. When I was getting ready for the show I found an old ticket stub for Pantera at the State Fairgrounds in 1997. It might as well been for their set tonight. They teased the audience by playing the first parts of Detroit Rock City and Cat Scratch Fever then abruptly stopping. Just like they did last time. Then Phil went off about "maybe I should get on the Internet gay!" 'nuff said.

Then came Sabbath...a video montage played over the Palacevision screens, then the band rose up out of the stage and into the fog. The set started with the air raid sirens that led into War Pigs. The band played like a well oiled machine all night. They played all the songs that have been listed here previously. There was great response from the audience after they came out of an instrumental part of a song such as the solo in Sweet Leaf or the end part of Iron Man. One of the best parts of the show was Ozzy wearing different outfits and making faces when the cameras zoomed in on him. He had this one black shirt with purple stripes on the sleeves that looked like Beetleguse. When he put on the fringe shirt it was like the video of their 78 concert. Cool. Even though I was in the second to last row in the nosebleed seats, the video screens really brought the show up close. For the finale the confetti cannons went off. On the video screen the flying black confetti looked like (dare I say it?) bats! After playing Paranoid the band took a bow, with Bill's suspenders getting a tug from his bandmates.

All in all, one of the best shows I've ever been to.

From: "Jim McKenzie" <jmckenzi@MNSi.Net>
Subject: Reunion Tour Report
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 16:13:05 -0500

I was at the Black Sabbath show last night (Feb 15/99)in Detroit MI. There is only one wrod to describe it, INCREDIBLE!!!! There is no doubt that this was the best concert I've ever seen. I've seen Ozzy twice and Sabbath once, and this was better than all of them put together. Unfortunatly, after every song, you could see Ozzy going to the drum podium where a book was so he could read the lyrics to the next song. He forgot the words to a couple songs, but it was really obvious during Paranoid when Ozzy forgot the words, he would sing but it was the first verse when it was sopposed to be the third verse. He just hummed the part when he forgot. Some guy helped Ozzy walk on and off the stag. Even though Ozzy was in bad shape, it was still great. But I would recommened getting a better band open instead of Defftones.

Mark McKenzie

Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 13:45:40 -0800 (PST)
From: Ben Warner <>
Subject: I can die happy now....

I know now that i can die a happy man. Last night i saw black sabbath at the palace in detroit and i almost fainted. everything was perfect down to the last detail. Ozzy put on one of the best performances yet. tony blew the roof off, Geezer jamed it out and bill rattled the crowed and i was right there front and center.Ozzy saw my black sabbath banner and smiled that was really cool. Pantera was awsome, i got two of dimbags picks and i got 6ft from him. The Deftones ruled, i got a kick out of them. I just about died from the heat. Well to all who did see Sabbath, I think i speak for all of us when i say... Black Sabbath is the very existance of every thing around us.

From: "Brian Smith" <>
Subject: Reunion Tour Report
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 14:17:27 -0600

I traveled all the way from Northern Wisconsin to the Palace of Auburn Hills to see Sabbath and it fulfilled a lifelong dream. The big bummer was the rest of the crowd was lame. I felt like the only one there sometimes. I couldn't believe it because I've been with that crowd at other concerts (even Clapton, Vaughn, and Cray was rowdier) and they were into it. Anyway, I don't think BS appreciated it either. They only did one encore which is unheard of in the Detroit area. Of course you've heard that only in Detroit would the opening band's equipment get stolen and it did. Some idiots stole the Deathtones equipment on the 14th so they weren't able to open. Somehow they recovered and played the night I was there (15th). Glad I went!

From: "Wallace, Kelley" <>
Subject: 2/15/99 Palace of Auburn Hills - My Review
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 17:41:24 -0500

I am pretty much a "new" fan of Sabbath and was I blown away last Monday night in Detroit. I don't think I have ever seen a group so right on with each other while performing live. Ozzy was energetic and sooo vibing, bowing to the masters Iommi and Butler, throwing water in the crowd on the only regret with his perfomance is he did not leave on his white, fringed shirt long enough! Iommi and Butler, what talent, these guys were phenomenol!! I could tell all around me that the young ones who were there for Pantera were duly impressed. I can't recall seeing two men play better strings. Ward at the kit was right on...banging away with the energy of a 20 year old. Obviously, he is feeling pretty good these days.

Another thing I was impressed with was how much FUN the guys were having throughout the whole performance. There were no gaps lacking energy, smiles were exchanged between all. I mean, they were making the crowd HAPPY! All this when the guys should technically be exhausted.

The sound was excellent, the lighting very cool, along with the smoke and confetti.

I had the most fantastic time at this show. Vinny was kind enough to meet up with me before the show and hand over 2 backstage passes. What a cool guy; very hot also! I am hoping for the chance to see him play in person.

One more thing, I think it is very cool that Sabbath respects their fans. The Stones tickets for the show at the Palace are starting at $100. My opinion? - How uncool!! Absolute Rape! After all the years their fans have supported them.

Anyway, I am so glad I took the day off work and drove the 3 hours for this show.


From: (steve)
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 12:03:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Reunion Tour Report

attended the 2nd show in detroit on the 15th of feb. what a show!!!!! ozzy did have a little trouble with his throat, but very minor. bill, geezer, and tony couldn't have sounded better. if i can get the chance to see another show before the tour is over, or if they do ozzfest in cleveland, i'll be there. why the hell they didn't play cleveland this time around is beyond me, but the trip to detroit was well worth it and i'd do it again!!!!!! the set was as follows:

war pigs, n.i.b., fairies wear boots, after forever, electric funeral, sweet leaf, into the void, snowblind, dirty women, black sabbath, iron man, children of the grave, and of course paranoid finished the festivities. god bless them for getting back together even if it only lasts a tour or two. BLACK SABBATH RULES!!!!!! jimmy

Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 22:38:12 -0800
From: Mike Jenkins <>
Subject: Black Sabbath in Detroit

Another crusher!! Getting back to reality from this trip has been very hard, I'm sure I had the best of times the place was rocking hard! It seemed like the audience was really into all of the Sabbath material. They got lost big time in Chicago during Dirty wemon. What a blast, thanks to all again who were responsible for the tour. And thanks to all the brothers who believe in the old time religion. Thanks Black Sabbath, I can now be hit by a dump truck and killed.