Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
July 10, 2004
Meadows Music Theatre
Hartfort, CT


  • Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
  • Tony Iommi - Guitar
  • Geezer Butler - Bass
  • Bill Ward - Drums
  • Adam Wakeman - Keyboards


  • War Pigs
  • N.I.B.
  • Fairies Wear Boots
  • Into the Void
  • Sweet Leaf
  • Black Sabbath
  • Snowblind
  • Iron Man
  • Children of the Grave
  • Paranoid (w/ Sabbath Bloody Sabbath intro)


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From: Tony DeCecco
Subject: review for 7/10
Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2004

Me and 5 of my friends went to Ozzfest at the center.....GREAT SHOW.

The venue is quiet horrible,'s no PNC Art Center, that's for sure.....we were in the front Orchestra about 10 feet from center stage.

We got there at 6PM, and tailgated in the parking lot until 7:15. We were only there for Priest and Sabbath. Both played for 75 minutes.

Priest was in there early 1980's form....great stuff. 2 classic tracks...Victim of Changes and Beyond the Realms of Death really got the more experienced Priest fans going. Halford looked good and sang a great show. I was worried that his voice and the way Priest sounded would overshadow Sabbath...but not true.

When Sabbath came on ...the sound was phenomenal and Ozzy's voice was great. They played the same stuff the did back in 2001, but that's was all in tune, sharp, and the Sabs looked like they were having a great time. Best part was the Iommi guitar work at the end of the song Black Sabbath....they really extended the ending quiet a bit and Tony showed why he was voted best Heavy Metal guitarist.

With these 2 metal heavyweights playing back to back at the same venue, this was definitely the best concert I've ever been too...

From: Chris Soricelli
Subject: Hartford Review
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 22:23:04 -0400

I was at the Hartford Ct show last night (1st on the Ozzfest tour). The show was awesome. I saw the band on the 2001 Ozzfest ad wasn't as impressed as I was this time around. The sound was amazing - you could hear every note perfectly clearly that Toni Iommi played. They didn't play anything out of the ordinary (last time I saw them they played "The Wizard"), but they absolutely rocked. Ozzy was kind of hit or miss on hitting some of the notes, as usual, but what was surprising was that he had a lot of the higher parts and the screaming perfect.

Anyway, thanks again for keeping the site going...


From: Rob P
Subject: Ozzfest 2004
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 23:11:02 -0400

being an obsessive black sabbath fan ( all era's but ozzy's especially) i must say that saturday nights show in hartford, ct was phenomenal. starting out before a lick of music was played ozzy teased the crowd by screaming his trademark " make some fucking noise" into the mic followed by " i can't fucking hear you" and then " louder ,louder". while a medley of sabbath hits were played as an intro u could see the silhouettes of geezer (stage left) tony ( stage right ) and of course the madman himself in the middle dancing around as though he was 18 years old again.

when the curtains came down a sonic explosion occured. the sirens for war pigs started and of course the original black sabbath started a night of incredible music.....again. followed by N.I.B. ( which kinda surprised this particular fan) , fairies wear boots and into the void ( always a favorite of mine ) the band was tight , strong and ozzy appeared to be enjoying himself more than i have ever seen him in years. he definitely has a love for performing with black sabbath, especially his closest friend bill ward, which he made sure this hartford crowd knew who was behind the kit by repeatedly screaming his name while introducing the gezzer , bill and tony.

a definite standout was during sweet leaf when the giant video screen, which definitely helped showcase both geezer and tony during their playing and especially tony's solo's, something you don't see alot of bands or crews doing these days. the numbers 4:19 appeared while sweet leafs intro was played and slowly the numbers turned to 4:20 ( a lil hip hop influence on the masters of metal and reality) while smoke swirled around the screen and the stage was bathed in green light. you gotta love this band!!!!!

during the song black sabbath the boys from outside birmingham proved how much less is more. the dramatic usage of a few chords and notes was incredible and still as haunting as ever, especially with the classic line of " satan's sitting there he's smiling" as the video screen gave a great close up of the madman himself as his wicked, evil cackle i'm sure sent lil children to bed with nightmares or love of the dark presence that is black sabbath. finishing their incredible set with snowblind, ironman, children of the grave and paranoid (with the intro of sabbath bloody sabbath being used to tease those of us who know almost every song these dark masters) it definitely shows that black sabbath not only can still rock as well as any of these new kiddies out on the market, but if they felt like it could still continue to tour after ozzfest as well as release new material.

this was my first time seeing the original black sabbath together and i know it was the best show i've ever seen. even after an amazing set my the newly reformed judas priest, black sabbath still proved to be the masters of metal.

rob pella

From: Mike Maitino
Subject: oz-fest review
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 22:14:00 -0400

Had a great time at OZFEST in hartford, Conn. Drove 3 hours from upstate NY.

Slipnot was an excellent hard cord rap up of the "day show" and Judas Preist and Slayer rocked on into the night.

The place was roaring all day. Despite the heat, dust, high prices and very long day it was an unforgetable event in my life. I never dreamed i hear Paranoid or War Pigs played in concert by the origionals. When you lived through this event it is impossible and unfair to describe the awesome memories I will charish.

The only sour note of the entire event the politics thrown in during "War Pigs". I am a huge proud American and I feel great honor having George Bush President and it was very disappointing to see him portrayed in such a degrading manner and compared to Hitler. I don't care what Ozzy or Black Sabbaths' opinion of the USA's politcal role in the world, but it just didn't "fit" 'at the concert. The concert is an escape from the stresses of life and I pray they would remove that video from the show.

Thank you,

Mike Maitino
Ozzy and Sabbath fan for 20 years



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Ozzy Reunites with Sabbath
by Philip D'Amour (this review originally appeared online here)

HARTFORD - "I'm baaack," announced Ozzy Osbourne much like he had in years past, but this time the Ozzman brought along some old friends.

Ozzy Osbourne reunited with his groundbreaking metal band Black Sabbath for a downright old school Ozzfest 2004 which also featured other nostalgic metal acts like Judas Priest and Slayer as well as newer acts like Slipknot, Superjoint Ritual and Black Label Society.

But the real news was Osbourne's return to Sabbath. The unofficial king of metal once again found himself singing with Sabbath's original lineup: drummer Bill Ward, bassist "Geezer" Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi.

As a group, Black Sabbath created, or at least defined, popular heavy metal music. And so Saturday night found them defining this year's kickoff of Ozzfest at the CTNOW Meadows Music Center before a thoroughly sold-out crowd of dedicated metal heads.

Sabbath opened its 60-minute set with its 1971 metal masterpiece "War Pigs" from the classic album "Paranoid." "War Pigs" sounded as pertinent and vital Saturday as it had over 30 years ago thanks in part to the giant screen behind the band that projected images of war and less than subtle images of our current president, George W. Bush (including a shot of him wearing a superimposed red clown nose).

"I didn't die Christmas" said Osbourne, referring to his near-fatal ATV accident this past winter, "and I'm not dying now - I've got too much rocking to do!"

With that Osbourne and his band reached even further back for the satanic "N.I.B" from their self-titled 1970 record debut. The band continued to please with classic favorites during its eight-song set including "Fairies Wear Boots" also from "Paranoid" as well as "Into the Void" and "Sweet Leaf," both from 1971's highly influential "Master of Reality."

Though Osbourne's voice has never been brilliant, it sounded a bit weak, but not as weak as one might have thought not that long after such a serious accident. What's more, Iommi's guitar playing was as strong and riff-filled as always, providing just the right amount of oomph to Sabbath's vintage material.

Other highlights included the band's epic namesake "Black Sabbath" and the slightly more forgettable tune "Snowblind" from the 1972 album "Black Sabbath, Vol. 4." However, it was the natural set-closer "Iron Man" that truly stole the show.

Though its place at the end of the set was predictable, it was nonetheless enjoyable. Fans reveled to see metal's first great bands perform one of metal's most enduring songs.

Still, Sabbath wasn't the only reunion Saturday night. Their fellow Brits from Judas Priest gave it another go, performing their own hard-rocking 75-minute set. Priest ran through most of its dark classics including "Living After Midnight" from 1980's "British Steel" and "Victim of Changes" from 1976's "Sad Wings of Destiny." But it was the band's smash hits "Breaking the Law" also from "British Steel" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming" from 1982's "Screaming for Vengeance" that still roused the most applause even after all these years.