Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
July 9, 2005
Bergen, Norway


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

NOTE: Velvet Revolver cancelled this gig.  They were replaced by Rakadis & Stonegarden.


  1. N.I.B.
  2. After Forever
  3. War Pigs
  4. Dirty Women
  5. Fairies Wear Boots
  6. Symptom Of The Universe / Sweet Leaf / Electric Funeral
  7. Iron Man
  8. Into The Void
  9. Black Sabbath
  10. The Wizard
  11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Paranoid
  12. Encore: Children Of The Grave
  13. Outro: Changes


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From: "jonm T" <>
Subject: Ozzfest 2005 Tour Stuff
Date sent: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 17:36:54 +0200

Black Sabbath in Bergen, Norway 7/9-05

For several months I've been looking forward to this day. And finally, there I am - in the outdour consert venue. Three and a half hour before the masters will enter the stage. In fact, they hadn't even got to the town yet.

So, there I am. The sun is making everybody warm and yucky. I find myself a seat on the ground in front of the sound control tent, the only place with shadow. The venue is not half way filled with people, only the nearest front of the stage is covered with people. My plan is to stay just av few meters in front of the sound control - where the sound should be at its best.

I have for a long time considered myself as a Black Sabbath fan, but what I don't get is that everyone expects you to like metal of all sorts, just because you like Sabbath. Like grunge, death, black, drownin' and blood- (and so on.) metal. No man, I just like Sabbath and Ozzy. "They are the knights of dark metal"! - as the saying goes. So while I'm sitting there waiting unpationally, the speakers are playing out the same lousy fucking record for severeal hours. It's the sort of earlier-mentioned metal, drowning or death or what the fuck it is. It certainly made me want to stick my head in a bucket of blood.May be that it is me who's "conservative" or "dumb", but what I know is that none of the members of Sabbath like that kind of music too. It's nothing like their own! So why has it been such an obvious reason to play that kind of music along with Sabbath's? It's like Green Day and Iggy and the Stooges for comparation.

Well, anyway.

The originally warm up act was Velvet Revolver, but they had to cancel, and a norwegian band took their place. A band to a norwegian stand up comedian, and that was a fucking lousy band. No more comments!

Another norwegian band played too. Stoneguard I believe they called themself. A band wich plays this sort of black metal with an opera singer kind of guy by the vocals.

When these three and a half hours had passed, the stage was clared and set up for the old heroes! Bill's drum kit came rolling on, and the crowd cheered. Everything was cleared, and Ozzy started howl back stage along with a mix of Sabbath songs. I thought it was unbelieveable. I've been supposed to see Ozzy three times, but the shows have been cancelled. And now, standing with 13 000 others, I heared Ozzy's voice wich made the crowd scream! Starting to sing the soccer "anthem" and the crowd responced immediately. He just stood back stage screaming for a few minutes before he ran on stage. It was great to finally see him! Hallelujah! And then Tony, Bill and Geezer followed. They started playing NIB, and it was just unbelieveable. The sound was quite good, and the guys played great! Ozzy's voice was superb! I believe they had the same set list as in rest of Europe. The crowd was making noice and cheering during the entire show. Ozzy was a happy face, just a big smile and in GREAT shape. Jumping, stretching and dancing and going on the entire show. Seemed to be really pleased by the crowd. They all seem to enjoy the gig. I'm really impressed that Ozzy looked and moved so good. Not that I had doubt in him, but he had more energy than any other perfomer. He was constantly in move. His voice was also really good, until Dirty Women, when he at the end (.walking the streets.) cracked his voice. And sort of destroyed it on the "castrato singer's" level. When playing Paranoid and Children of the grave, he had more or less lost his voice. So he tried to push really hard on, and screamed out the words. It worked for a few lines, but the crowd sang so loud along him that it made no difference. I had much sympathy for him, knowing that singing as high as he does is NOT easy. It didn't make the show bad at all. Ozzy gave absolutely everything and what I love about him is that how ever false he might sing, he doesen't stop singing nor looking embarrased. He doesen't give a damn there and then. Just keeps going. It's a really great attitude.

When introducing "the guys on stage", he was really funny. Made us scream Bill Ward about ten times and he knealed for Tony, praising him for quite some time. He had so much energy!

Tony's guitar playing was like always - just phenomenal! So was Bill and Geezer. Tony and Bill seemed to have a really good time they as well. Bill stood up several times waving towards us, and even Tony raised his hand up and down, showing us his "rock hand". Geezer only seemed to be in a big consentration, standing pretty much on the same spot. I don't know, but maybe he was a bit tired of playing..? He played good although. I saw him having quite many basses hanging in the back, but I did only see him using two. First one of his black ones, and then he switched to a turkeese (spelled right?) Fender guitar.

The sound they four made was just great! Exposing such a warm, soft and massive energy wich made a really good atmosphere. It influenced everyone there, because it was really powerful! I loved it! Best show I've ever attended.

At the end Ozzy thanked us, praising us and saying we were a great great audience. He wished us safe trips back home. "You don't wanna fucking die alone, man!"

When the show was over, and all the people had left the venue, I and some other people stood waiting where they all entered in cars. We had to wait some time, butt hen we saw the police and the guards preparing "The Leaving". A black car turned out from the safety area, and waited behind a police car. I started to walk fast towards it as it just stood still on the road. I lokked in, and there were Tony and Geezer sitting in the back. I walked towards the window and rasing my thumb to them. They saw me, and smiled and waved back! Then this guard demanded me to remove, and then another black car rolled out on the road. The police started driving, as did Tony's and Geezer's car, tightly followed by this second car. I bend down and saw Ozzy and Sharon. I waved my guts out, but they speeded so fast they didn't see me. But it was cool to see them so close. I never saw Bill, but I walked back home with a grin from ear to ear.

Kar Berna


From: Roy Hilmar Svendsen <>
Subject: Sabbath in Bergen, Norway
Date sent: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 20:34:14 +0200

Hi, a few words on the Black Sabbath-concert at Koengen in Bergen, Norway on Saturday. Sabbath came on at 20:30, and played for around 90 minutes. Completely sold out, which means there were 13.000 people there. This being an outdoor show in the middle of the bright Scandinavian summer, it was bright and sunny for the entire show.

After Forever
War Pigs
Dirty Women
Fairies Wear Boots
Symptom of the Universe/Sweet Leaf/Electric Funeral
Iron Man
Black Sabbath
The Wizard
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath/Paranoid
Children of the Grave
(Outro: Changes (over PA))

Can't remember hearing "Into The Void", but not completely sure it was left out.

The band was in great shape and a wonderful mood, and was a joy to watch! He showed his ass twice, and was all smiles the entire evening. Great crowd, and Ozzy got 26.000 arms in the air for the final song. Tony seemed to be enjoying himself too, and actually pounded his fist in the air and showed the devil-sign on several occations.

Ozzy lost his voice completely halfway through "Paranoid", and could hardly be heard during the encore. Not that it mattered, 'cause he had 13.000 filling in for him on vocals :-) As they left the stage, Ozzy got the entire crowd to sing Bill Ward's name. What a night!

Here's links to some reviews (in Norwegian, but with great pics):

From: "Alan Haywood."
To: "Joe Siegler" <>
Subject: Bergen Gig Norway
Date sent: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 10:32:18 +0100

What a fantastic place Bergen Norway it is still daylight at 23.45 on the 9th July sunny all day the sabbath gig has just finished i saw the band back in June at the warm up gig in Aylesbury and i wanted to make a comparison between the first gig and the last gig on the european tour.I won't go into the set because i think it was more or less the same as the first and that has been well noted on other reviews on this site i spent a couple of days in bergen before the gig, it was held in an old fort overlooking the harbour with the mountains in the backdrop a fantastic venue.I also met up with some of the sound and lighting crew from the gig in the hotel bar the night before and had a very interesting chat with them. The gates opened at about 17.00 this security guy said to me you can't bring your camera's into the gig something about copyrights what a dick, so my partner had to take all my gear back to the hotel but i still had a small sony camera in my jacket so i did get some pics , there were guys selling beer vouchers as you went in, a lot of people bought these vouchers because beer in norway is about 10 to 15 or more dollars for a small glass in the bars, so if you bought the vouchers you could drink as much as you wanted. There were two warm up bands i have never heard of but they went down well with the locals but did not cut it with me, when sabbath came on the people went mad there were a lot of people pissed out of there heads on the beer. I have never seen so many people thrown out of a gig infact there were a lot people leaving before sabbath finished there set because i think they were scared of the drunks ,anyway i have seen sabbath at so many gigs in the past dating back to 1970 and they didn't disappoint me as long as you don't expect them to perform like they did in the 70s when most of the recordings were made with ozzy i mean if you can't accept that man don't go to gigs, the only gig that came close to the 70s gigs was the one in Aylesbury in june in a small hall the sound was awesome very very loud and the band were very fresh well fit especially ozzy , anyway getting back to the bergen gig towards the end of the set, children of the grave ozzys voice gave up, something you must expect taking into account all the things that have happened to ozzy in the recent past, you can't keep doing sets like they did in 70s when you are in your fifties and been singing for the best part of 35years without it taking it's toll, some people who are going to read this review and might think listen to this old fart going on, but when i was talking to the security guys near the stage some of the locals thought i was part of security team so i can't look that bad man, me being the same age as terry butler, i think the band can go on but i will be surprised if ozzys voice will hold out on the american tour, they will always be regarded by me as the best band in the world and ozzy the best stage performer there is. there is no one that comes near him he is the master without doubt i have seen all the various singers with sabbath when ozzy left in the 78 or there abouts and you can't get near the ozzys time with the band, i would like to pay a tribute to sharron for keeping ozzy going she is one hard bastard man, and also to bill ward you are the greatest man an icon, terry and tony can play on forever i have been a loyal fan for 35years, i did see Velvet Revolver at the G8 in Hyde Park an awesome band, they were supposed to play with sabbath at bergen that's what it said on the ticket but Velvet Revolver don't need to support any band they are brilliant in there own right, you can agree or disagree with my review personally i could'nt care a fuck either way , i am going to check out Tony Iommi daughters band Lunar Mile in August to see what that is all about i have been told the guitarist sounds a bit like Tony. One more thing there are a lot of other web sites saying they are official black sabbath but for me Joe has got the best one man what a nice guy.