Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
July 18, 2004
Nissan Pavilion
Bristow, VA


  • 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
  • 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: George Williams
Subject: Ozzfest 2004 (review from Nissan Pavillion, Bristow VA)
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 00:43:09 -0400


Just saw them at Nissan Pavillion and it was great. Ozzy is "grinning and bearing it" as it is apparent to a seasoned Sabbath watcher he is a little under the  weather as far as the atv accident is concerned. His  voice sounded ok. The rest of the band were outstanding as usual and they all are nearly 60 years old !!!!!!!!!

They didn't play sweet leaf at this show..........

Pyrotecknicks were absent, at the end they released confetti.

At this show there was no "Bush bashing" from Ozzy, nor were there any videos of the president dressed like a clown.  (Saw this on the news - maybe someone said something to him about it, and they omitted it from the show)


(Sabbath show goer since 1976)
(fan since 1970)

From: Mike Luther
Subject: Ozzfest 2004
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 14:32:03 -0400

Here's a review for ya. Ozzfest '04 totally kicked ass at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA. This was, by far and without a doubt, the best f*#$%^g concert I have EVER been to. In fact, to call it a "concert" doesn't give it justice. Ozzfest is an EXPERIENCE that every metalhead should have. Whether you're into today's new metal bands or a fan of classic metal, as I am, Ozzfest will definitely rock you! All the bands were awesome and played their asses off for an equally awesome crowd that must have numbered in the tens of thousands. The pits were big and brutal and definitely not the place for the small and easily bruised!

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of newer, hyper-aggressive thrash metal, nor, am I really a big fan of Slayer, so I don't feel qualified to review them. I will say, however, that, judging from the awesome response of their fans, they did put on one helluva show! If you're into hard-core metal bands, you will definitely get your fix at Ozzfest!

I CAN review two of the headlining bands: Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Priest came on as the next to last band and rocked the crowd with classics like: "The Hellion/Electric Eye", "Metal Gods", "Touch of Evil", "Breaking the Law", "Victim of Changes", "Painkiller", "The Green Manalishi with the Two Pronged Crown", "Beyond the Realms of Death", "Heading Out to the Highway", "Living After Midnight", "Hell Bent for Leather", "You've Got Another Thing Coming", etc. And let me say this; Rob Halford has NOT lost a step!! His voice sounds as strong and as powerful as ever. I saw Priest in concert for the first time ever a few years ago when they had Tim "Ripper" Owens as their frontman. I thoroughly enjoyed that show and think that Ripper is a fantastic vocalist. I think he'll do great in his efforts with Iced Earth. But, at Ozzfest, one thing was awesomely, metallically clear; THE PRIEST IS BACK!!! Halford's screams rang true, loud, and clear and never faltered once. At the end of their show, they announced that a new album was coming out at Christmas time. I, for one, can't wait!

In the down time (haha!) between Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, a GIGANTIC plastic bottle/pizza box/dirt clod/food fight broke out along the entire hillside behind the covered seating area. Stuff had been flying through the air here and there all afternoon but the scope of this melee dwarfed anything I'd ever seen before. (think: Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds", but with water bottles!) The whole hill (bigger than a football field) just erupted with flying plastic water and beer bottles and other junk. To the best of my knowledge, no one really got hurt except for, maybe, a few dotted eyes and a hellacious, roaring good time was had by everyone (except for the clean-up crew. LOL! My heart goes out to them...) It was also during this time that a friend and I started hearing cries of, "Show us your tits!!!" We turned around to discover that, about halfway up the hill, several scantily clad (and apparently drunk) females, perched atop their boyfriend's shoulders, were enthusiastically complying with the crowd's demands. At this point it became clear that concert security and event staff are, as yet, unaware that modern cell phones have the capability of recording still images and even a few minutes of streaming video as, suddenly, dozens of the things appeared and began filming the girl's antics.

Then Black Sabbath came on and rocked the place for the final show of the day. The bottle fight went on for a bit longer, then petered out as Sabbath began to really crank up. This was the first time I'd seen the band in their original line-up and I can definitely say that, if you've never seen Black Sabbath live, then you need to! These are your metal roots. This band has rocked for decades and can still rock with the best of 'em. Ozzy shows no ill effects of last year's ATV accident that I could see and his voice sounds great. His renditions of "Iron Man", "N.I.B.", "Children of the Grave", "War Pigs", "Snowblind", and other Sabbath classics were fantastic and the crowd went absolutely wild as he finished with "Paranoid".

As I said earlier, this was by far, the most fun I've ever had a concert and I HIGHLY recommend it for any true metalhead! The only thing I could have wished for was for Ozzy to do some of his solo songs. But since he was there with Black Sabbath and not his solo band I understand why he didn't. Maybe at next year's Ozzfest... I know I'll certainly be there!

Metal Forever!

From: Billy
Subject: Ozzfest 2004 review, from Nissan 7-18-04
Date sent: Mon, 2 Aug 2004 08:08:28 -0700 (PDT)

Hi, my name is William Earnshaw, and I just wanted to send in my review of the concert. My first big-name concert, and I LOVED IT!!!

First of all, I liked Lacuna Coil. I got their two-disc set, and got it autographed, as well. I thought they were the best set of the second stage.

I also got to meet Ozzy's solo guitarist, Zakk Wylde, and got a picture with him, and a couple autographs, too. He IS as big as he looks in the pictures.....LOL. I went for BLS, Lacuna, and especially Sabbath. Black Label Society was terrific, and so was Judas Priest.

The biggest attraction for me was, of course, Black Sabbath, and in my opinion, they did not disappoint. Ozzy sounded great, no shaking, no stuttering, no NOTHING. Just rocked the house for an hour nonstop, and left me wanting more. I got my camera gutted right when they started "Iron Man", but I was having too much of a good time to be bothered too much.

Overall, I was impressed with Sabbath. I knew that they would be great, but they were better than I anticipated. Another cool thing about the show was that I was close enough to see Iommi's hands and figure out what he was playing in certain parts of the songs, where I was having trouble trying to figure them out. I also saw Sharon standing right offstage during Priest's set, and during Sabbath's. I recognized her before the guy sitting next to me with binoculars did. I guess good eyesight comes in handy, LOL! Anyways, a very enjoyable experience, and I would repeat it again in a heartbeat. William