Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
August 21, 2004
Tweeter Center
Chicago, IL


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


You can visit the photo gallery for this concert here.


From: TripleJ
Subject: 8/21/04 Ozzfest comments
Date sent: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 09:30:35 EDT

Had a great time at the Tweeter Center yesterday In Tinley park, Illinois. Got there just in time for Slipknot, who sounded like garbage, and was not loud at all. BLS was outstanding, wish they had a longer set time. Superjoint Ritual is an acquired taste, as is Phil Anselmo, and his non stop talking about who knows what. Dimmu Borgir was very good I thought, I will definitely be looking into these guys further. They sounded very good, and the keyboards added a very sinister tone to their music. Slayer was fantastic, very tight and heavy. But most of their set was just listened to because we were defending ourselves from the massive amounts of sod that was being flung toward our seats. Judas Priest was very impressive. It doesnt look like they have missed a beat since Halford had quit and since returned. Green Manalishi, Victims of Changes and Painkiller were particular highlights. But then, it was Sabbath. I thought that the whole main stage had been loud, but the Sabs were definitely the loudest of the night. Sound was crystal clear, but sometimes at that volume, it was hard to understand Ozzy's words in between songs. I thought that Bill had a bit of a struggle on some of the drum fills on Faeries Wear Boots, but that was it. His drums were so impressive, simple yet incredibly heavy. My personal favorites were Into The Void and Black Sabbath. I swear they turned up even louder for their self titled song. This was my first time ever seeing the original line up. I had seen the Mob Rules and Born Again tours back in the day. I spent a lot of money for tickets, but do not regret it. I have trouble with $7.50 cups of beer, and $10 guitar shaped cups of beer. I have trouble with assholes who filled those guitar cups with sod and launched them into the crowd from the lawn seats. I have trouble with $40 and over concert shirts, especially with the high price of tickets. I saw that some of the same $35-40 shirts at the show were only $26 at the Ozzfest website. I know those are a lot of complaints, but I went first and foremost for the music. I went with my 2 best, long time friends, and with my son, who is home on leave from his second tour of Iraq. He is a lance corporal in the US Marines, and this was his first concert. Sabbath has always been an important part of our music lives, and we have always shared that music bond. I think that it was a great first concert for him, the stuff of legends. When it was over, I asked him what was louder: the shock and awe of the initial attack on Iraq, or Sabbath.....his answer was of course, FUCKIN SABBATH! Thanks Joe, for giving us all somewhere to talk about our favorite band, and thanks to everyone else for listening.

John Jodlowski
Sab fan since 1979

From: brett billedeau
Subject: Chicago Ozzfest
Date sent: Sun, 22 Aug 2004 13:10:01 -0700 (PDT)

I went to see the Ozzfest in Tinley Park (Chicago) yesterday. Overall, my friend Matt and I had a good time. We actually live in Michigan but were unable to get tickets to the Detroit show.

We started the day by going to the second stage. All we managed to see was part of Hatebreed's set and decided we'd had enough. The main stage started up not long after the second stage ended. Black Label Society kicked off the day with a killer, but way too short set. Zakk Wylde is amazing. I would gladly go and see a full-length set by them. The set list was:

Funeral Bell
Suffering Overdue
Stoned & Drunk
Guitar Solo/Stillborn
Band Intros/Genocide Junkies

Again, way too short for their talent, but oh well. Next was Superjoint Ritual. If ever there has been a wasted time at a show, theirs is it. The songs are too short and lack musicality, and Phil Anselmo was his usual self: moronic, pointless, and ignorant. Dimmu Borgir was interesting, and for Norwegian death metal, I suppose they were okay. Slayer was in fine form, though being on the lawn meant we spent more time trying not to get beat up in a mosh pit or hit with whatever objects came hurdling through the air. We had fun anyway.

Then it was time for the mighty Judas Priest. I have never seen a band in as fine a form as those guys were. Halford's voice was beyong perfection, Glenn and K.K. were in sync the entire time, and Ian and Scott make for the ultimate rhythm section. For much of the show Halford stalked the stage like a caged animal, like a man possessed. Their set list was as follows, though I may have put a song or two in the wrong spot. Sorry if I did:

The Hellion/Electric Eye
Heading Out To The Highway
Metal Gods
Touch Of Evil
The Sentinal
Beyond the Realms Of Death
Victim Of Changes
Breaking The Law
Green Manalishi With The Two Pronged Crown

Hell Bent For Leather
Living After Midnight
You've Got Another Thing Coming

On songs such as "Painkiller" and "Realms Of Death" he proved he still has the finest scream in all of metal, but even his lower tones on every song sounded great. What a thrill it was!

After the Priest, I thought that Black Sabbath may pale in comparison. I have never been more wrong. As with the other shows, things started off with a video collection of old footage and Ozzy screaming from behind the curtain on stage. Then the sirens wailed and with a crash "War Pigs" began and it was solid from start to finish. The set list was the same as the other shows:

War Pigs
Fairies Wear Boots
Into The Void
Black Sabbath
Iron Man
Children Of The Grave

The Priest's set may have been longer, but Sabbath was every bit as good. Geezer's bass was pumped up more than usual, which added a lot of depth to the songs. Bill Ward's drumming sounded almost tribalistic on many songs, and Tony Iommi's guitar playing showed all the younger bands of the day how it should be done. And as for Ozzy, despite missing a few notes, he was in better form than he has been in years. He looked youthful and vibrant on stage, constantly smiling at the crowd, and jumping and running around like a madman. The guys seemed to genuinely enjoy being there, and it showed. Iommi even walked around a bit to where Geezer was, which is unusual for him. I wish they would have played longer, but what we got was quality all the same. All in all, the show was definitely worth going to.


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 Andrew Dorner - taken with permission.  Photos he mentions are online here.

I haven't seen these guys since the 1999 Reunion Tour. I took the following Ozzfest photos on August 21st 2004 at the Tweeter Center in Chicago. Our seats were decent and I managed to get in a camera...enjoy

Opening Bands:
Main Stage: Judas Priest, Slayer, Dimmu Borgir, Superjoint Ritual, Black Label Society, and festival headliners Black Sabbath.
Second Stage: Slipknot (headliner), Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, Lacuna Coil, Every Time I Die, Unearth, God Forbid, Otep, Devil Driver, Magna-Fi, Throwdown.

Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
Tony Iommi - guitars
Geezer Butler - bass
Bill Ward - drums

Set List:
War Pigs
Fairies Wear Boots
Into the Void
Black Sabbath
Iron Man
Children of the Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath intro - Paranoid
My Review:

I’ll not bother reviewing any opening bands since they’re just not worth it. In fact, while the opening bands were playing, the lawn-seat crowd was throwing sod and empty plastic bottles around, which was far more entertaining to watch.
As soon as Judas Priest came on, all sod throwing ceased permanently. Priest was good, there appeared to be as many Priest t-shirts in the crowd as Sabbath t-shits. Rob Halford’s voice was strong and he's still able string out his long notorious screams. For the encore set Halford rode his motorcycle on stage. They played a nice long set.

Now on to the main attraction… the video on the jumbotron showed a movie montage spanning Sabbath's entire career. Then a curtain showing the outline of the band was projected, the crowd roared feverishly! The curtain lifted and there they were! The original Black Sabbath. The sound of WWII air-raid sirens blasted, and then, the song War Pigs begins!

After War Pigs, Ozzy speaks to the crowd… “You know I had a major accident on an 4-wheeler a while back and the doctor said Ozzy you can’t tour for 18 months. You know what I said? F*** YOU!.” Then Ozzy says “What did I say to him?” The crowd: “F*** YOU!" This went on several more times. Ozzy then said “The doctors gave me some really cool drugs, legal too!” He then said: “I smell some really powerful weed coming from this section over here!” “You know I don’t do that anymore”, putting his hand in front of his nose and pulling it away slowly like Pinocchio's nose getting longer (like Sam Kinnison used to do) and the whole crowd laughed.

Ozzy’s voice was as strong as ever. He doused a few people with buckets of water. The rest of the guys looked and sounded great too. Geezer Butler’s non-stop head banging makes me surprised he doesn’t need a neck brace. Bill Ward has grown a ponytail. Tony Iommi did an extended guitar solo at the end of the song Black Sabbath, it was sweet watching the master at work.

After a few songs Ozzy introduces the band. He starts off “Mr. Geezer Butler!”... the crowd cheers, then once again “Mr. Geezer Butler!”, more cheering. Then “Mr. Bill Ward!”... “Mr. Bill…” Ozzy hold out the microphone for the crowd to finish... The crowd: “Ward!”, this went on several times… Then finally he says: “And now the one and only, Mr. Tony Iommi!” The crowd cheers and Ozzy gets on his hands and knees and starts play-worshiping Tony Iommi. Iommi loved it and was full of smiles!

Sabbath played a short set. At the end of the show Ozzy implored us to get home safe and don’t drink and drive because he wants to kick all of our asses again next time.

Sabbath was full of energy and sounded great, I only wish they would have played more songs.