Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
August 31, 2004
Alltel Pavilion
Raleigh, NC


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


None available - if you have any, let me know.


From: Tom Havelos
Subject: Aug 31st show
Date sent: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 15:07:54 -0400

It was an excellent show. Enjoyed it immensely. I have been a Sabbath fan since I was that's 30 yrs total, but had not been able to make it to a show until last night. I am also a big Priest fan. I enjoyed watching the original line-up in the 80's and was very impressed with their impecable musicianship. Halford can still sing the lights out. So it was a great joy to see to original line-ups of two legend bands. Black Sabbath closed the Festival strong and showed no signs of weakening. Hats off to Bill Ward. One of the premeir drummers in rock and roll.

From: "Brandon Mullis"
Subject: Sabbath - Ozzfest 8/31/04 review, ticket stub, and pics
Date sent: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 23:26:28 -0400

Hey man. I love your site, and I've been going to it for a good while now. I just wanted to drop you an e-mail and let you know about Ozzfest's Raleigh, NC date (August 31, 2004). I was there, and I have a ticket scan for you as well as a few pics (albeit shitty ones).

We got there while Slipknot was playing. My girlfriend and I walked over just to say we'd seen them, but we're not really into them, so we walked around, checked out the vendors, and waited for Black Label to start. We had fifth row seats, and MAN did we get blown away. I had first seen BLS on Ozzfest 2002, but now that I'm a fan, I couldn't have been more into their set. They were AWESOME, and I'd highly recommend any metal fan check them out if you get a chance.

Superjoint Ritual played next, but I wouldn't know how their set was. The moment I saw Phil Anselmo walk onstage, we left to go pass the time elsewhere. And it was raining at this point, so that really shows you how much I care about SJR. As we were leaving, we heard him yell something about "Getting the fuck up, or getting the fuck out of the way." We gladly did the latter.

We kept roaming while Dimmu Borgir played. They sounded half cool, but not cool enough for us to want to walk back over to check them out. Too gimmicky for my tastes. Hint to all bands: if your music is good, you won't need to rely on masks and makeup and other goofy shit to establish your identity.

Ahhh, Slayer. I'd never seen this band live before. Man did they rock. I'm certainly going to buy some Slayer albums now. I wish Metallica would take a look at bands like this and Anthrax, and realize that yes, something really did go horribly wrong in their own career. If these other bands can still do it, and do it so damned well, that's all the proof you need to see that Hetfield and Co. are just past their prime, no two ways about it.

Judas Priest was... wow. You know, I've loved metal for 12 years, but I've never owned a Priest album. I've always been a Maiden man, and just never knew much about Priest. That's going to change, by God. Priest remasters, here I come. Rob Halfored owned the arena. He'd come onstage via these moving set pieces that would "levitate" him up through the floor. You never knew where he was gonna pop out from. He used a motorcycle, he used these levitation tricks, and he used more studded leather than I've ever seen anyone wear in Summer weather in the South. The crowd chanted "Priest! Priest!" many, many times, and you could tell he was beyond moved. He looked like he was gonna break out in tears a few times. (He may actually have; he was sweating too much to tell.) A-freakin'-mazing.

Then, Sabba Dabba Doo. They pulled a huge curtain up over the stage covered in the trademark winged demon. Soon, the boys appeared in sillouhette, the curtain was pulled away, and they rocked our nuts off. The setlist looked like this:

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

Good night! No, wait! Encore! They came back on and teased "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath," but went into "Paranoid" instead. It looks like other shows got to hear "Snowblind" as well, but Raleigh did not. Not like I care; I got to see Sabbath when I thought I had missed my last chance back in 2001. They could have played "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and I'd have thrown up the devil horns. Ozzy didn't show any signs of slowing down, other than a couple of times when his rhythm would be off in "Black Sabbath" or "War Pigs." But that's just Ozzy; he always fucks up a rhythm or two in those tunes. Bill Ward beat the skins like he was 25 years old, and Geezer Butler... holy hell, that man can play a bass. His finger speeds reminded me of Steve Harris! And Iommi... I mean, he's the master. I just stood there and watched him work. It's like watching Leonardo Da Vinci paint "The Last Supper." I doubt I'll ever see another show like this one again.

Ozzy threw enough water to double the audience's weight, and at the end the confetti piled up like the Canadian Yukon. They almost had to snowblow us out of the ampitheater. My girlfriend was speechless; she's into music like John Mayer and Radiohead. This shit had her headbanging like her name was Beavis. She's a full-fledged convert.

Take care, and keep up the amazing work on that site. You rule!

-Brandon Mullis