Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
January 6, 1999
The Forum
Los Angeles, CA

THE BAND

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

CONCERT PHOTOS

None - do you have any?  Let me know.

TOUR REVIEWS & REMARKS

Date: Thu, 07 Jan 1999 17:06:21 -0600
From: Jeff Downing <madmonk@fastlane.net>
Subject: LA Times REview

Here is a review of Sabbath in LA from The LA Times: http://www.calendarlive.com/HOME/CALENDARLIVE/MUSIC/t000001843.html While not a bad review, the reviewer is obviously a douchebag. He implies that anyone who plays heavy music and has a stage show IS Spinal Tap. I guess that would make him an Art Fufkin, I suppose. Black SAbbath should do a soft acoustic show in a book store near you, I suppose, according to this guy. Screw him. I'm about sick of this lame-brained , elitist attitude from " music journalists" who don't do a damn thing except sell newspapers. He is the one who is irrelevant, and who will give a crap about him thirty years down the road? At least Sabbath perfected their craft, which is apparently more than you can say for him, judging by this review. He probably leaps about his bedroom with a tennis racket guitar and fog machine when he's at home, wishing that it was he that all the sweaty teens fawned over.

Great reviews from the tour, so far. I'm suprised so many people are disappointed that they play "Dirty Women". I think it's a great song, and am glad that they include it. This is probably why they don't take any chances (to say the least) with the set list; everyone has different favorites. I am disappointed however, that they cut out "Symptom.." and "Killing Yourself..." ! Those two songs would doubtless have been the high point for me. And why don't they continue to open with "After Forever" like on the opening night? That was a fantastic idea! Errrrrrrrrr!!!!

Can't wait to see em in Dallas, nonetheless!!
Jeff Downing


From: "Gene Trosper" <trosper@ez2.net>
Subject: Orange County (CA) Register review
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 17:14:23 -0800

Black Sabbath pounds out the classics

REVIEWS: The band may be old, but, hey, it still rocks.

January 7, 1999

By STEVE FRYER
The Orange County Register

Black Sabbath

Where: The Forum, Inglewood
When: Tuesday night

As they would say on "Sesame Street," "This concert is brought to you by the letter 'F' " ¨ as in the f-word, which was screamed in abundance from the Forum stage at Tuesday night's Black Sabbath concert that also featured Pantera and Incubus.

But, fortunately, that wasn't the only, uh, remarkable thing about the sold-out show. This was the first time the original, and most successful, Sabbath lineup ¨ Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward ¨ had played a full concert in Southern California since 1978.

In the 20 years since that last concert, the heavy-metal sound and style Sabbath helped invent has gotten louder, faster, meaner and more violent. The challenge for Black Sabbath on this tour, which is in support of its mostly-live "Reunion" disc and just got started on New Year's Eve, is to be relevant to what's going on now.

Hey, the old guys can still cut it.

Osbourne was in fine form, with black eye shadow and facial grimaces that made him look like Marilyn Manson's daddy. And Ozzy might be at his most physically fit. He has trimmed down, his stamina level is way up and his voice was clear and sharp (remember, however, this is still early in the tour; Osbourne has a reputation for becoming a croaker by the end of a long run.)

Longtime Sabbath fans know that Iommi, not Osbourne, has always been the true backbone of the band, before and after Osbourne left after '78 to start a hugely successful solo career. Iommi came up with the riffs that put Sabbath on the radio and he was behind the band's expanded musical spectrum when the group hit its peak with "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" in 1974 and "Sabotage" in '75. Musically, Iommi was the star Tuesday night.

Butler, one of rock's best bass players in the '70s, remains a top musician. But Ward must be reading the Internet. Fans ripped him there about his performance in Phoenix last week, saying he played rather passively. At the Forum, he attacked the drum kit with a combination of finesse and ferocity.

Not bad for a guy who had a heart attack in May and underwent angioplasty in June. Ward, who has lived much of the past dozen years in Huntington Beach, played shirtless, which made him resemble Jabba the Drummer.

The group's 90-minute set was all Sabbath classics, starting with "War Pigs" and ending with "Paranoid." Tucked between were two notorious pro-drug songs, "Sweet Leaf" and "Snowblind." Highlights were "Fairies Wear Boots" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."

It was a nostalgic trip for the 95-percent male crowd that spilled beer all over the Forum, which is really showing its age. The place is truly outdated, with not nearly enough lobby space nor restroom facilities to handle big events.

But it gives one a guilty feeling to complain about anything after watching Pantera. Now, those guys have something to be angry about. Exactly what is difficult to say, because other than the liberal use of our friend the f-word, their lyrics were indecipherable. But whatever it is, Pantera sure growled a lot about it and thrashed their instruments in an almost cruel fashion.

Incubus has some cool musical ideas, including the use of tribal instruments and a DJ scratching sounds on a pair of turntables to accompany the din of guitar fuzz and feedback. And Incubus had the "honor" of throwing out the ceremonial first f-word, too.


From: BRUNO4949@aol.com
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 00:39:55 EST
Subject: sabbath review 1-6-99

Wednesday January 6, 1999
PanterA opens with an excellent 45 minute set. SABBATHS intro was 5minutes of early 70s footage. Iommi, Ozzy and Geezer arose from beneath the stage to open with War Pigs. Next in order were N.I.B. Fairies Wear Boots, After Forever and Sweet Leaf when Ozzys voice began to crack. After some throat syrup he was good for the night. Ozzy went crazy with his leapfroggers and waterbuckets. Electric Funeral was BAD! For Black Sabbath they had the TIKI torches burning along with the fog and red lighting. Ozzy looked like Frankenstein up there. When they played INTO THE VOID, I moshed myself INTO OBLIVION. Next was Dirty Women. One encore, Paranoid. Lots of firepots, streamers and confetti. The FORUM. LOS ANGELES, CA DINO V. 1-6-99


From: Ozzgnosis@webtv.net (Ozzgnosis)
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 14:13:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Sabbath Reunion Show Jan 6th

(LA Forum) WOW!!! I have just returned from what has to be one of the absolutely greatest gigs of my entire life!!! Ozzy & Sabbath were INCREDIBLE, awesome beyond words. The whole experience was just so magical!!!

Plus, our seat location (12th row of Section A on the floor in front of the stage) turned out to be even better than expected! As it turns out, we were on the far right end and so I was directly beside the aisle next to the center section! And the first row of seats was almost against the stage so we were CLOSE! Security were very vigilant about checking tickets of those who tryed to fill the aisles, and I was in like a direct line with Ozzy's microphone stand so my view with Ozzy was totally clear!:)

The show began in a very theatrical manner which ascended in crescendo as it seemed to orchestrate the synchronised fever pitch thrills of excitement from the audience! Vintage Sabbath film footage is flashed on the large screens above the stage as the arena is cloaked in darkness. A gothically ethereal stage set is enshrouded by rising red vapor, as the familiar wailing sirens of War Pigs permeates the arena. The four members of Sabbath emerge from the floor, all in their respective places and ready to Rock and Roll! My heart is pounding madly and an electrifying rush of spine tingling excitement pervades my entire being as Ozzy appears with an enormous smile on his face, screaming out his greetings to the audience!!!

From that point onward, Ozzy ruled the show and was the lens through which I perceived the entire experience! Man, my movements were pretty much entirely synchronised with that of His Royal Ozzness!!! I must have screamed louder than I ever have in my entire life in addition to jumping around constantly as if to transcend my own dimensions of going wild!!! It was even more FANTASTIC than usual!!! Early in the show, Ozzy flashed us with a generous view of his cute butt! :) He also taunts us by lifting his shirt to bear his chest and then pulling down his pants in the front to reveal black underwear! Woooooo!!! When the crowd cheered he had the most adorable grin on his face!!! I just wanted to run up there and give him an enormous hug so bad!!! :)

"Black Sabbath" created an aura of mystifying glamour. The effects are quite dramatic as the familiar auditory prelude of thunderstorm and bells is highlighted by the advent of torches suddennly blazing up on the stage, which continue to burn intensely throughout the song! Ozzy demonstrated his multi-faceted showmanship once again, as his performance took on a more serious and mysterious tone, and wicked grin was illumined by eerie lighting and the fiery glow from the torches in the darkness.

As the show wraps up and the four Sabbath members perform their bows, there are more pyrotechnic explosions as black confetti with Black Sabbath written in silver, falls from the ceiling upon the elated, adoring crowd!

Subjective or objective, this may just be the most intense Ozzy and/or Ozzy & Sabbath concert experience of my entire life!!! Man, I love to give all I can on every level with energy, volume and passion especially when I can sense it spread like a mass love fire which makes Ozzy and Sabbath so happy!!! This experience will live within me forever!!! Thank you Ozzy and Black Sabbath for such a euphorically exhilarating concert experience!!! :)

Suzanne
(Ozzgnosis and ArcanumMagicus)

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