Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
August 19, 2004
Blossom Music Center
Cleveland, OH


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


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From: Dan Gilles
Subject: Cleveland Ozzfest Review
Date sent: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 02:34:57 -0400

It was a rainy day at the beginning, but the real storm didn't occur until around 6 p.m.

We got to Blossom Music Center around 1 p.m. We walked in as Throwdown was playing on the second stage. They were decent, a hardcore band. We really didn't pay attention to them, walking around, etc. Lamb of God was next, and I was very impressed. As a fan of death metal/hardcore, they combined the death elements with some Metallica and Slayer-esque riffs. You can tell who they grew up listening to. I would definitely check out their CD.

Up next was Hatebreed, one of my favorite "new" bands on the metal scene. In a word, they were outstanding. They got the crowd into it, forming a huge circle pit in the parking lot where the second stage was located. Jamey Jasta (who is also the host of the new Headbangers Ball) kept the crowd going. Anyone who wasn't into Hatebreed prior had to be won over by their stage presence and their sound. Some of their messages in their songs are cliche (most of their songs have a positive message, which goes against the genre), but they are very good at what they do. My fiance met the band afterward in the Jagermeister signing tent, and they took the time to thank everyone for coming to the show and supporting them, always engaging in a conversation with everyone as they walked through. Wow, rock stars who care about the fans. What a novel concept! (Oh, Jamey Jasta himself mentioned that, by logging on to his website, you can request any video for the Ball, and he will get them on.

Up next was Slipknot. I really don't care for Slipknot. They sound good, but I don't like the gimmick. Plus, there's a Cleveland bias against Slipknot for stealing the gimmick of a band called Mushroomhead, which is a locally-based band. There were some boos. I spent this portion of the show meeting one of my idols, Kerry King, getting his autograph and shaking his hand. Slayer is the greatest!!!

I got down to the pavilion in time for Black Label Society. Zakk Wylde is the best metal guitarist around. The man is one man concert. All his stuff has a Sabbath-like sound to it, and Zakk's singing is like Ozzy Osbourne with more balls. The fans that watched went nuts. His sound guy could have been better, but Black Label held their own and then some. I'd love to see Black Label headline, or get a better placement on the bill with more time. The "Ohio Chapter," as he called us, definitely delivered for Zakk.

Superjoint Ritual ? Note to Phil Anselmo, heroin is bad, you shouldn't shoot up heroin, mmm kay. Combine heroin with bitterness, and you have Phil "Mother fucking, god-damn" Anselmo, the lead guy for "Super Fucking Joint Fucking Ritual," mother fuckers. The man ranted for 5 minutes in between songs, sometimes forgetting what he talking about, saying "God-damn" and "Mother fucking" every other word. As in, "This next fucking song goes out to all the god-damn mother fuckers out there who don't give a fuck about god-damn anything. I want to see all you mother fuckers out there making some fucking noise. God-damn right, mother fuckers." I guess Phil wasn't happy with Cleveland. He tried to start an Ozzy chant that didn't get picked up on, and then he said, "If I were Ozzy, I'd be pretty pissed off at you fuckers." After his last song, he said that "this Ozzfest crowd was the worst Ozzfest crowd he's seen. Suck my dick!" and threw down his mic. Despite all this, I liked their stuff. Very loud and fast, and Phil can still do that patented yell.

OK, Dimmu Borgir is fucking terrible. I saw Cradle of Filth last year. Same gimmick, yet better stage show and music. And, I like death metal/black metal, but these guys stunk up the place. Musically, they were good. But, they went over like a fart in church. The only good thing about them was I could rest up and get some beers before the mighty Slayer came aboard.

Slayer is my favorite band of all time. I've seen them 8 times in my life. Once again, they were phenomenal, but I could tell something lacked. They didn't play Angel of Death (minus points for that), and after their last song, Tom Araya simply said "Thanks," and walked off the stage. No encore or nothing. Slayer needs to headline to truly appreciate them live. Even friends of mine who didn't really like Slayer thought their performance was cool. Everyone's favorite Satanists delivered once again.

I've never seen a band outdo Slayer in concert, and that includes Pantera. However, Judas Priest blew EVERYONE off the stage. They were super. Rob Halford can still bring it vocally, continueally hitting the high notes. He strutted around the stage like he owned the joint, and for 75 minutes, he did. Some people in my group weren't into Judas Priest before, but after their set, were on their feet and yelling and cheering them on. I definitely liked the older stuff, like Victim of Changes, The Green Manalishi and Beyond the Realm of Death. Halford came out on the Harley for Hell Bent for Leather, and finished up with Living After Midnight and You've Got Another Thing Comin. I've never seen Judas Priest before, so it was definitely a life-altering moment. I will definitely see them again if they come back around.

The best part is, Priest is done, everyone's pumped, and you still have Black Sabbath coming up. It's was like the cake was done and icing was on it, now all you needed was the decorations. Sabbath was the decorations, and Ozzy and Co. delivered. I had heard bad reviews about Sabbath's prior performances, but they seemed motivated to put on a good show this time. Ozzy was running all over the place (he always seems to play well in Cleveland) and his singing was right on. Iommi was great, Geezer was great, hell, even Bill Ward was great (he looked like he was about to keel over when they came in 2001). Their set was exactly how it was described in every other review I've read on this website, but it was still awesome. The show ended just after 10:30 with Sabbath taking a much-deserved bow to cap a truely amazing concert.

It was by far the best concert I've ever seen and well worth the $80 we spent on pavilion seats. It's not every day you can see Slayer, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath back-to-back-to-back. Throw in Phil Anselmo, Zakk Wylde, Slipknot and Hatebreed, and some body painting, and you've got yourself a show that will go down in history. Hopefully, next year's Ozzfest will be just as good, but it will be hard to top.

From: BLKSAB10
Subject: Comments on Aug 19th Ozzfest
Date sent: Sat, 21 Aug 2004 08:52:09 -0400

I am not going to bother with a detailed review, been done many times,at this point. I do have some comments on the show, and some of the things I have read on this list. First off, if Ozzfest comes to your town, and you don't go for whatever reason, you are really cheating yourself out of one hell of a show. The night I went, it was raining on and off the whole time, but it ever seemed to put a damper on the crowds enthusiasm. I was in the pavillion, so the rain didn't bother me. :) I went into this show with fairly high expectaions, due to the reviews I read. Let me tell you, it went above and beyond what I could have expected. Like a lot of people, I went mostly to see three bands; Slayer, Priest, and Black Sabbath. Not only did I think they all put on top performances, but it just seemed to get better, and better as the night went on. Slayer I have seen many times, and they gave me exactly what I expected. I have always had a hard time explaining a slayer show, because unless you have seen them, words can't put it into perspective. I always just say "It was Slayer, man!" Much like Mtorhead or AC/DC, you pretty much know what to expect, but I enjoy it every time. I thought Slayer did well, with the ammount of time they had. Next up, we would have the original JP. I have seen Priest with Ripper, and I have seen Halford with his own bands(Fight and Halford), but never together. So, I kind of knew what to expect. Still, I was not prepared for just how amazing of a show they put on. I read the reviews, but seeing it, and hearing! Once the Hellion was over, and you could see halford standing in the "Eye", The venue just knew we were in for something great. I could almost feel the energy. Then, once Rob starts doing his thing, he just commands your attention. Not just his screams(which I love), but his presence as well. The band was as tight as could be, and the whole band's energy, and passion for what they do, really came out in the performance. It was almost took my breath away. Again, the crowd was really drawn in. I don't think I saw one person sitting. Priest's set was an hour of metal greatness. If that was the end of the show, few would have felt cheated. But, there was aband to go. Could Black Sabbath top it? Could they keep the crowd energy high? Two words......Hell Yeah!

To me, there is no greater band then the original Black Sabbath. They are the first band I ever remember being my favorite, and they have been ever since. I like all Sabbath, but to me, the original four is just the best. Now, I had seen Sabbath several times already, 3 with the original line-up. Two out of the three times I had have seen them, Ozzy was so out of it, I always felt it took something away from the rest of the band. He looked lost, and he could barely get through a song without losing his voice. So, I was looking forward to seeing Sabbath, but I was cautious, because I have seen the worst in Ozzy a few times. I also would have liked a few different songs this time around. But let me tell you, when those air raid sirens kicked in, and the curtain came up, I was caught up in it. The crowd just went crazy. Then, once they got into the song, it was nothing short of magic. Ozzy sounded and looked better than I have ever seen him. Actually, I don't think the band as a whole, ever sounded better. Again, I have seen them many times, I have heard all the live albums...this might have been the best. The mix was great, the band was tight, and again, Ozzy really had it that night. I thought Priest had the crowd into it, but Ozzy and Sabbath had the crowd as loud and energetic, as I have ever seen that venue. Once they were a few songs into it, I think I felt a little drop of liquid running down from the corner of my eye. I was in heaven. Here I was, up close, watching my favorite band, who were in top form, and it was better than almost anything I can remember ever seeing. Sure they played the typical "We Sold Our Souls" set, but it matterd a lot less once the masters showed the place why they still play together. Because there is still a huge demand to see them. All the guys were grinning and having a great time, and so was the crowd. So, for those people that think that Ozzfest is a waste of time, and did not really missed out on something special. It was a great night, and honestly, one of the best concerts I have ever seen. Sorry this is so long, Joe!


From: Catanese571
Subject: Ozzfest 2004 Tour Stuff
Date sent: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 00:25:51 EDT

Dear Joe,

I just went to the August 19 Ozzfest in Cleveland at the Blossom Music Center, and it rocked!!!! I had a backstage pass and saw everything and personally met Bill Ward and had dinner with a few of the band members from Judas Priest. I truly loved the event, was the best one I have ever been to, cant wait till next year!! Ozzman Forever!!!!!!