Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
August 14, 2004
Alpine Valley Music Theatre
East Troy, MI


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


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From: Michael Jerik
Subject: August 14th Alpine Valley review
Date sent: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 12:14:48 -0500

We got to the show in the middle of Black label Societies set. It was a beautiful day and that venue is really a great place to see a show. Too bad none of the first three bands were worth seeing. Out of the 3 BLS, SuperJoint Ritual, Dimmu Borgir, SJR was the best. If Anselmo could shut up and play more than one song every 10 min. I would've been a lot better.

Then we got to the good stuff: Slayer, Judas Priest and, of course, Sabbath.

All three were incredible and I really enjoyed the crowd's enthusiasm as much as the pro performances by these legends. (yes to me Slayer are legends)

Slayer could've dug a little deeper in the discography and played a couple more songs, but It's pretty easy to say that about all three bands. What they did play it was very good.

When Priest came out the sun had just went down behind the hill behind us, with the lights and screens more visible, the show had more of a Rock Concert feel. I don't think I have ever heard better sound in a large venue. Priest was so Professional in their great stage presence and tight delivery was thoroughly impressive. They seemed to have as good a time as the crowd and they had an awesome set. Yes, like Slayer they could've dug a little deeper for the set list, but it was great none the less.

So just when I thought it couldn't get any better, Ozzy comes out and starts getting the crowd going. Ozzy has such an inexplicable charisma, you just have to love the guy no matter if he can only sing 20% of the material and moves like a grandpa, he just rocks and there is not much more to say. After that they did a Sabbath medley that was recorded, they chose some great songs to play snippets from and it really got me psyched to hear the opening doomy chord of War Pigs.

So now the curtain is drawn and the hammer was thrown down and the sound was crushing. I was just all smiles from ear to ear. They played with a boisterous enthusiasm and energy you would never expect from a 50+ rock band and they were really on. Ozzy had a few moments where his timing was a little behind, but you would have to be a serious Sabbath freak to tell. Bill toned down some of his signature drum fills, but he was very solid and the songs rang true. Tony and Geezer were perfect as always when I've seen them (6 times) and the show was great.

If you are deciding whether to go or not because it's a little expensive, trust me it is worth every penny.

I am 33 and have seen a million shows and this has to be in the top 5 of all time.

Just wanted to send a belated review of August 14 show at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin. I drove 5 hours from Minneapolis since the tour didn't come to Somerset, WI like it usually has been in years past. I wasn't sure if it would be worth the drive, but this was for the original Black Sabbath and re-united Judas Priest after all. So of course it would be great! I know to some Ozzy is the star, but to me all four of the guys are equally important. That's why I was so glad that Bill signed on for the tour. I don't think I would have gone if it wasn't the real Black Sabbath. On to the show...I only saw the last four bands. Can't say that I found much to like about Dimmu Borgir, but maybe I'm just old. Slayer was pretty good, but I was really there to see the two legendary bands from Birmingham. Judas Priest was outstanding! I saw them earlier this summer when they had a night off from Ozzfest and played a festival In Cadott, WI, so I knew what to expect. They sound really good, and were certainly tighter than Sabbath. But there is just something about Black Sabbath, as I'm sure anyone who reads this site agrees.

Set list was like other shows:

War Pigs
Fairies Wear Boots
Into the Void
Black Sabbath
Iron Man
Children of the Grave

N.I.B. and Fairies Wear Boots seemed a bit sloppy, and the sound mix just didn't seem quite right. Tony's guitar seemed to be lost in a wall of noise a bit. But they came back with excellent versions of Into the Void and probably the best live cut of Black Sabbath that I've heard. Snowblind is a personal favorite so I liked that. I suppose they have to play it, but I've never thought that Iron Man comes across that well live. It seems so much less sinister than the recorded version. I would just as soon they dropped that, but I know it probably must be included. I finally figured out who Ozzy reminds me of, the way he walks and the hair and mascara. It's Morticia Addams from the Addams Family! He wasn't note perfect, but is still the best. I'm not a musician, but I can't say that I heard any great flaws in Bill's playing like some others have commented on. Yes, he looks old, but who cares? Now, to not be just a fan who raves about everything....Is an hour really all they can deliver? For the headliner on a show that cost nearly $100, I think it's reasonable to expect more songs than what they played. And they really could stand to vary the setlist, if there is another tour ever. I've seen them a handful of times post-reunion and it's virtually always the same songs in about the same order. How about Symptom of the Universe, or After Forever, or Wicked World etc...I realize that not everyone is a huge fan like so many of us and they want to play the "hits", but a little variety wouldn't hurt. God forbid a show didn't end with Paranoid!! O.k. enough bitching. All in all, a great show that left me with a huge smile on my face. My only request is that if there are any future Sabbath tours, they make sure it's Tony, Geezer, Ozzy and Bill. Accept no substitutes!!!