Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
July 12, 2004
Tweeter Center
Boston, MA


  • 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)


You can view the photo gallery for this concert here.


From: Bill M.
Subject: Review of 2nd Ozzfest show (July 12, Mansfield MA)
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 23:52:01 -0700 (PDT)

I just got back from the July 12th Ozzfest show at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA (2nd show of the tour).


The door presumably opened when the ticket said they were going to open, at 9:00 AM. Not wanting to spend the entire day and night trapped in this place, my friend and I arrived around 1:00 PM. We still weren't allowed to get to our seats until 4:00pm. Part of the parking lot was fenced in to make room for the second stage and all the vending around it: two Playstation2 areas, a Trojan stand, a Jagermeister stand, an autograph signing table (which I don't think included anybody from the main stage), and a few other things. Back in the main area, there were some games set up ($5 to throw darts at a balloon, etc.) and the other typical Ozzfest vendors (T-shirts, belt buckles, stickers, etc...and I've got to wonder how many people who buy a "Fuck you, you fucking fuck" t-shirt or a "FUCK" belt buckle will find themselves saying the next day saying "Wait a minute, I can't really wear this anywhere.")

Some more details about this particular venue: no blankets or backpacks were allowed. Water was allowed IF it was in a manufactured and sealed bottle. We bought four 1-liter bottles before the show and ended up paying under $5, as opposed to the stadium's water which was $3.50 for one tiny bottle! I had to carry these throughout the day in a few plastic shopping bags.

We finally found a schedule for the main stage, which I copied down:

4:45 Black Label Society
5:25 Superjoint Ritual
6:10 Dimmu Borgir
6:55 Slayer
8:05 Judas Priest
9:40 Black Sabbath

I'm honestly not much of a fan of the first 4 bands. Dimmu Borgir, for those who don't know, is one of countless (and to me, indistinguishable) black metal bands from Norway. Though I watched all the bands on the main stage, and I had fun.

Judas Priest kicked ass!! They did over a dozen songs (more or less in order: Electric Eye, Metal Gods, Heading Out to the Highway, Beyond the Realms of Death, Victim of Change, Green Manalishi, Painkiller, Touch of Evil, The Sentinel, Breaking The Law, Hell Bent for Leather, Living After Midnight, You've Got Another Thing Comin'). Rob Halford can still belt out the screams, and the Downing/Tipton guitar duo is still incredible.

And now on to Black Sabbath...

- For those who've been confused over the news lately, Bill Ward WAS indeed playing drums.

- Ozzy thankfully did NOT have the god damn water hoses this year! He threw one bucket of water, but that was it. I came prepared as I did the last time, bringing along a towel and a trash bag for my stuff, but I'm glad I was wrong.

- The stage set was pretty simple. The stage was behind an enormous curtain bearing two rows of the fallen angel logo. Behind the stage itself was a huge TV screen.

- Here is the set list. Considering they only played for ONE HOUR, and that this whole Sabbath reunion was thrown together at the last minute, it shouldn't be too suprising. Basically, the most predictable 10 tracks found on a compilation like "Reunion":

Intro (pre-recorded medley) / War Pigs / NIB / Faries Wear Boots Into The Void / Sweet Leaf / Black Sabbath / Snowblind / Iron Man Children of the Grave / Encore: Paranoid (starting with a "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" teaser) / Closing (pre-recorded "Supertzar")

- For each song, the giant TV screen either showed live camera shots of the band members, or miscellaneous things related to the song. "War Pigs" had a bunch of war scenes and anti-Bush stuff, "Faries Wear Boots" showed a number of drag queens, "Sweet Leaf" started with a shot of an old clock radio reading "4:19" and later showed old scenes of people sitting around smoking pot, "Snowblind" showed scenes of the Al Pucino movie "Scarface", "Children of the Grave" showed a bunch of fast spinning shots of a cemetery, and "Paranoid" included some shots of them on Top of the Pops (or whatever show it was where they play that song on "The Black Sabbath Story")

- Ozzy mooned the audience at some point. My friend snapped a picture. Can't say I'm anxious to see it developed. :p

- In some songs Ozzy sounded OK, in others he sounded bad. His voice on "War Pigs" was even worse than on "Reunion". His left hand was spasmically shaking whenever he wasn't grabbing the mic stand. The band messed up the ending of one of the other songs; they all dropped out instead of Tony. So Bill tried to pick up the song and finish it with a typical rock song ending. Ozzy seemed pissed off about it. After the song he pointed to Bill Ward and said something like "It's OK, he's old!" I didn't find it particularly funny.

In summary, Sabbath's set was pretty much as I predicted it. The band didn't sound tight at all, and the set list was the same ol' songs from the same ol' albums. I've been a die-hard Sabbath fan for 15 years, and I DID try giving them the benefit of the doubt, because Black Sabbath was after all thrown on this tour at the last minute. But I'm sorry, Judas Priest kicked their ass.

From: Mike Scotti
Subject: MA Ozzfest
Date: Mon, Tue, 13 Jul 2004 05:51:11 -0700 (PDT)

Well I am sure plenty of people will send in a review of the Mansfield, Ma show but I felt I should as well. The majority of the bands were excellent. I was there from the beginning and enjoyed myself. There were only 3 bands I did not like (Every Time I die, magna fi, and unearth), and Otep was boring (which saddened me because I actually like them). Crowd response was pretty good for most of the bands. I got to meet the guys from Throwdown and they were really cool and their music was awesome! The main stage obviously rocked. Zack and Phil Anselmo made sure to be as heavy as possible!!!! I was surprised Dimmu got a good response. I am a big black metal fan and Dimmu and Emperor were the 1st 2 black metal bands I got into like 8 years ago. Many people sitting arund me thought they (and black metal) is just a joke but overall crowd response seemed good. Slayer was, well, they were Slayer true and true. I love them!!

Now Priest and Sabbath rocked the place. I started losing my voice through priest and it was gone by the end of sabbath. Preist played like it was 1987. Halford even brought out the motorcycle for hell bent for leather. Sabbath was right on. They even joked around and seemed to be having the times of their lives. They all looked happy to be on stage together. Ozzy seemed to be in good shape since the accident and his voice was great. He didnt jump all over the place, but I don't know what he can do physically anymore since the accident. People said he was off in CT, but I think he sounded good here. Ozzy made sure the rest of the band individually got huge applause when he introduced them.

Sabbath set list was:
War Pigs
Faries Wear Boots
Into The Void
Black Sabbath
Sweet Leaf
Iron Man
Children Of The Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath/Paranoid

Now maybe this was just the excitement of finally seeing priest (i have already seen sabbath live) but I thought Priest stole the show. Sabbath did not play bad in any way, like I said maybe it is just my personal excitement of seeing something I never thought I would se in Priest.

Also, one question to any one who went....did the 2nd stage sound bad? I don't mean the bands, they sounded good, I just mean the sound system. It didn't sound like they did a good set up. Maybe it was just me. I was not impressed with the acoustics. Main stage sounded perfect, but 2nd wasn't very loud and didn't sound right. I dont know. I have never been to this venue before so maybe I am just used to better sounding venues.

Well all in all I had a blast!!!!!!

Joe and everyone else going to Ozzfest hold on to your shorts when you go! You'll be blown away, especially for the entire main stage!!!!!!

From: Les Haley
Subject: Ozzfest Boston 7/12/04
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 14:37:11 EDT

Black Sabbath Ozzfest 7/12/04 review by Les Haley

I had never seen Sabbath with Ozzy before so When they kicked into War
Pigs, it was pretty emotional for me. Yes that's right, tears (like a
little geuuuuuuuuurrrl).

Set list:
War Pigs
Fairies Wear Boots
Into the Void
Sweet Leaf
Black Sabbath
Iron Man
Children of the Grave
Paranoid (w/ Sabbath Bloody Sabbath intro)

The show stars with their shadows illuminated through a big curtain. The
light comes on behind Ozzy and There is his shadow, pretending to jerk off
all over Geezer Butler! BWA HA HA HA HA! That was fucking funny! Their set
was pretty rickety though. ( I'm pretty sure they didn't rehearse at all
before the tour) they will get better as the tour progresses I am sure.
Bill Ward fucked up the beginning of Snowblind by starting the tune
without the rest of the band. he stops and Tony, Geezer , and Ozzy just
turn around and look at him (they're all laughing) Ozzy hobbles up to the
mic and stammers " It...It...It's allright... He's old..." the crowd
roared with laughter. Then they fucked up by having a train wreck at the
end of the very same song! Oh man! They were pretty loose on all the
songs. The sound was rough for a while during their set. Ozzy's voice was
pretty bad for the first half of the set but as he warmed up it got
surprisingly better. Sabbath's set was way too short. They only played a
little more than an hour and they have had better set lists than this too.
No Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Electric Funeral,Spiral Architect,or After
forever (those would have been nice) But they did play Into the Void and
Faries Wear Boots (YES!) Jesus, how Ozzy has aged since The 1999 reunion
video. Poor Bastard. At the end Ozzy' shouted " You can't kill me!" just
before turning all paternal and telling everyone who had been " smoking
that whacky shit" or drinking to be careful and get home safe.

I want to see them again and again though. I love those guys.

BTW... Judas Prist was Great!

From: Eric Goldberg
Subject: General Review with Priest & Sabbath Sets (7/12/2004)
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 21:47:01 -0400 (EDT)

I missed much of the second stage because I was taking a tour backstage. Bill Ward walked by, and I thanked him for rejoining the band, it would not have been the same without him. I went to the second stage to find my friends and watch Slipknot with them. I had never seen Slipknot before; they were very strong. Tight, sounded great, and heavy. Then it was time for the main stage. Black Label Soceity were excellent, but I found it hard to hear Zakk's vocals. Superjoint Ritual were good, but I expected more from Phil Anselmo. Dimmu Borgir were forgettable; I thougt they should have been on the second stage for my money. Slayer could never disappoint: you know exactly what you will get with them, and they deliver.

I only took down the set lists for Priest and Sabbath. Rob Halford's voice was in phenominal shape, but it seemeed he had been taking stage presence lessons from Udo Dirkschneider (of Accept): he stood for much of the set crouched down and screaming into the microphone. Gone were his days of bravado and posturing. However, the band delivered a tight fast set without a lot of talking:

The Hellion (tape)
Electric Eye
Metal Gods
Heading out to the Highway
The Sentinel
Victim of Changes
Breaking the Law
Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown)

Hell Bent for Leather (Halford rode out from stage left on a knucklehead.)
Livin' After Midnight (I slapped Halford's hand!)
You've Got Another Thing Comin'

(No "Diamond and Rust"? Are they tired of paying Joan Baez for the rights to the song?)

I had been taking some pictures on a cheap disposable camera I bought inside the Tweeter Center as the tickets clearly said "No Cameras." They allowed photos of everyone until Sabbath. One photographer took pictures from inside the security barrier on a small digital camera. When I offered him my business card, he told me to go "to; the one without the 'dash'." I've been there: it's only a picture of the reunion logo with links to,, and our beloved (Hopefully the pics will turn up on the ozzfest site soon enough.) Anyway, I snapped one shot of Tony, and was told to put the camera away. At the end, he let me take a few shots while they waved goodbye. Here is their set:

Tape: a mix of the following Sabbath tunes followed by voices and screams Black Sabbath, Symptom of the Universe, Iron Man, Paranoid, Fairies Wear Boots, War Pigs/Luke's Wall, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Seat Leaf, Into the Void, Children of the Grave, Supertzar

Then the real set:
War Pigs
Fairies Wear Boots
Into the Void
Sweet Leaf
(Band introductions, excluding Adam Wakeman)
Black Sabbath
(The band must have missed Bill's count to start the song, and no one
was with him. It was nice to see them laugh together about it.)
(Tony messed up going into the "Don't you think I know what I'm
doing" part of the song. Instead of going into that riff, he went
right to end of the song by playing the opening/closing riff slowly
like the song normally ends live, but since he was supposed to play
the other part, no one else was playing as that part begins with
guitar only. They ended the song there in a fit of laughter. It
sucked that they didn't paly the rest of the song, but it was great
to see them getting on so well.)
Iron Man
(Geezer was late coming in with his part before the solo as he
couldn't pick up his pick from the drum riser.)
Children of the Grave
Opening to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

I think since Sabbath joined Ozzfest so late in the plan, they didn't have time to rehearse the deeper cuts. But still, it was unreal to have seen the original four from the front row. My friends were in the last row of seats, and they agreed that Sabbath were great despite the few inconsistencies I mentioned.

From: Leonid Maravosky
Subject: Ozzfest - Mansfield, MA 07/12/04
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 10:56:26 -0700 (PDT)

Tweeter Center @ Mansfield, MA 07/12/04 14,000 people

Only 4 bands interested me: Dimmu Borgir, Slayer, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath.

Dimmu Borgir. In my book Dimmu Borgir represents metal of 90s just like Mercyful Fate represented metal of 80s. Nothing groundbreaking, yet very unique and distingwishable from other bands. I had already seen them 4 times before. All of those times DB was headlining (except one time they co-headlined with Cannibal Corpse). It was actually interesting to see them performing at Ozzfest. They had only 30 minutes spot. However, they did get the crowd going. About 20% of the 14000 people were into them and that's a lot. Their stage presense were superb as if they were headliners. Music was tight. Shagrath voice was powerful and creepy as usual. And the stage effects were great. Although 'cause it was still not dark outside the effects couldn't be seen very well. One complain was the sound. Drums were too loud. I could hardly hear keyboards which was the key element of DB music. Overall 7.5 out of 10.

Slayer. I wasn't too crazy about them. In fact I had already seen them twice. Once as headliners and once at Ozzfest 2000. They performance at Ozzfest 2000 was horrible. This time they were pretty good. Certainly not as good as they were 18-20 years ago, still listenable. They just don't have this energy and motivation they used to have a while ago. Their set included Chemical Warfare, South of Heaven, Reign In Blood, Dead Skin Mask, War Ensemble. Surprisingly it didn't include Angel of Death. Overall I'd give them 6/10.

Judas Priest. I had seen Halford twice and Judas Priest with Ripper Owens once. I had never seen the classic line up. They opened with Hellion/Electric Eye followed by Metal Gods. They were fucking awesome. The show (stage presense, lights, sound) was incredible. The whole crowd was into them. They totally stole the show (or so I thought). The only thing was Halford voice. He sounded a bit differently. However, he was still Halford. The set list included Beyond The Realms of Death, The Sentinel, Green Manalishi, Victims of Changes, Heading Out To The Highway, Breaking The Law, Living After Midnight and encore: Hellbent for Leather and You've got Another Thing Coming. Overall 9/10. I happen to hate Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Coming and Living After Midnight. So no points for these tracks.

Black Sabbath. This is the 12th time I was seeing them. I was kinda worried for them that there will be not much left after excellent Judas Priest performance. In 2001 after that Marilin Manson performance at Ozzfest a lot of people left and Sabbath got only about 70-80% of the crowd. Well, I guess at that time it was a wrong crowd. Sabbath just ripped. Nobody left after Priest. Just like Priest Sabbath got the whole crowd going. Their stage show was better than any other's band as they as headliners put more into it. There was a movie playing on background instead of just a backdrop. Their set list was: War Pigs NIB Faries Wear Boots Into The Void Sweet Leaf Black Sabbath Snowblind Iron Man Children Of The Grave encore: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath intro Paranoid

Overall Ozzy sounded ok. He didn't spoil the sound. Neither was he at his top shape. The rest of the band was superb. They definitely got the best sound. And they definitely was heavier than any other of above mentioned band thanks to Tony's dark and thick guitar sound. Interesting thing I noticed that Sabbath got a bit political. During War Pigs there were pictures of Hitler and Bush on the screen. And the writing was: "Same shit - different asshole". Pretty strong statement I must say. And that's just a year after Osbournes had formal dinner with Bush. Ok, it's not my business to discuss it further. Overall 9.5/10. Great show.

Ozzfest. I'm impressed how it is very well organized. All bands played according to schedule. The time between bands is not more than 10-15 minutes just enough to get refreshments. Thumbs up to Sharon for that. Also thumbs up to her for finally getting the *metal* bands to Ozzfest this time and not lame ass alterno/numetal crap.

This Ozzfest 10/10. If I could, I would go again to see Dimmu Borgir, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.


From: Bueckeye2112
Subject: Ozzfest - Mansfield, MA 07/12/04
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 10:56:26 -0700 (PDT)

What an incredible ozzfest! The bands I saw there rocked hard! When I got to second stage, Lacuna Coil was already playing. Rotating schedule? This venue had set times for all the bands.The first eleven bands had twenty minute slots. Lamb of God had 30 minutes, while Hatebreed and Slipknot had 40 a piece; ( Black Sabbath had a 60 minute slot ). I was really hoping to catch all of Lacuna Coil, but either my watch was off, or they started early. Non the less, I saw about half of their set. In response to the last issue, I too thought the sound was slightly off on second stage for all the bands there. The bands rocked hard, so that satisfied me. The main stage was The place to be at this Ozzfest. It was almost like a dream lineup for me. My big thing about it was the Slayer-Priest-Sabbath ending. It rocked as hard as expected with Slayer leading the charge with incredible riffs and howls that would make the night itself shiver. They never slowed down at all. Before that Dimmu Borgir was fantastic at the art of black metal. I really like them after seeing them live. Phil was Phil-enough said. It was great. I did miss Back Label Society due to over spending at the concession stand. I won't let That happen agian! IMO Judas Priest did show up Black Sabbath on this night. They seemed tighter, more ready and all around better as a group. Rob Halford can scream up a storm still today. The song selection was right on. I really enjoyed Hell Bent for Leather when he brought his famous bike on stage. They did all the songs i wanted to hear most, being material like Victim of Changes and Breaking the Law.

Black Sabbath came on and the place was seemingly even more packed than for any of the other bands. War Pigs got us into it, and it went from there. They did have a giant T V screen behind them that I found distracting at times. N.I.B. surprised some people who cheered like it was the only song of the night. A great sing a long too was N.I.B. Faires Wear Boots was a pleasure to see just for the fact that I`ve always loved that song. Into the Void is an old favorite to me too. I'm still trying to sing that song! Ozzy did a great job on it along with everyone else.It flowed through very well. A crowd pleaser I'd have to say. Sweetleaf was gritty and to the point. Very hard and maybe the tightest song of the night. Black Sabbath was very cool to see agian. i could never tire of Sabs signiture song. Its just classic, all the way. It almost was like something was missing though without the torches they used to use. Very cool idea to have them. ( I'd rather see stage props in place of video screens ). Snowblind held its ground as a powerful, tight song that ripped through my ears like an explosion of music. The heavier that one is the better. I listen to Snowblind maybe more often than most Sab songs. When I heard Iron Man do its intro to the crowd, I knew time was winding down. It was a fun song to watch as perfomed,yet very predictible too. Of course Children of The Grave followed, being the closing song. This one as well, I'll never ever tire of hearing live. It was great on the record and is greater at an outdoor venue. Another sing a long as well with Iron Man. When encore time came i nearly flew out of my seat when I heard Sabbath Bloody Sabbath begin. I sat down quick when it ended no sooner than started feeling a little dumb. I've seen bands switch like that before when a member onstage may say, hey not this one right now. All Good, Paranoid is another true classic of Black Sabbath.The setlist is as I remeber it and was very predictible, yet I'm not complaining. Rather to see that every night than not to have the chance at all. ( I've been to 6 Sab shows now- 4 with Ozzy ). I appreciate them ever time I see them even though I'd like myself to see different material at times. Ozzy was a bit shaky here and there, Tony played his heart out, Geezer was right on, and Bill IMO was the one to remember from this night. He hit those drums like there would be no tommorow. I was very impressed.I'm so happy he did the tour.I'm so happy Black Sabbath are doing this and all their tours. With all of their strengths and flaws Sabbath will always be Black Sabbath. Rock On.