Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
July 17, 2005
Meadows Music Center
Hartford, CT


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


  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: "DeCecco, Tony" <>
To: <>
Subject: Ozzfest 2005 Tour Stuff
Date sent: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 10:22:48 -0400

I saw Black Sabbath in Hartford last nite. I must say...I've been going to Sabbath shows for 30 years and this was one of the best I saw. The sound was fantastic...and Ozzy was much more in control of his motor skills and his voice was the best I've heard in years. My friends and I just went to see Iron Maiden & Black I can't tell you about the rest of the Ozzfest.

I saw Iron Maiden once before, maybe 20+ years ago.....they were good last nite...but their brand of speed metal is not what I'm in to. All of there songs are 2 minutes of lyrics and 4 minutes of a 3 lead guitar on-slaught. (I never remembered them to have a six member band)

As for Sabbath...the sound quality was superb from my vantage point. I was about 30 rows back right in front of the stage. One word describes last nite's show...Phenomenal.....

Set list was (and the order may or may not be correct):

After Forever
War Pigs
Dirty Women (with a a phenomenal ending)
Fairies Wear Boots
Into the Void
Symptom of the Universe/Sweet Leaf Medley into full song Electric Funeral
Iron Man Black Sabbath The Wizard Sabbath Bloody Sabbath intro into
Paranoid Sleeping Village intro into Children of the grave

They came on 10 minutes earlier than listed....9:20 vs 9:30


Subject: Ozzfest 2005 Tour Stuff
Date sent: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 13:49:34 EDT

Joe, here's my review of Ozzfest 2005 Meadows Music Hartford, CT.

After getting thoroughly soaked in the parking lot outside the venue, I made my way to my seat Just in time to catch Black label society. They were my favarite main stage band besides Maiden and the Sabs. I'll skip over over Shadows fall and Mudvayne because I didn't like them. It's funny that the chubby, tattooed Goth chick sitting next to me said that she was leaving after Mudvayne cuz she hated Maiden and Sabbath! Some people don't know shit from shoe polish I guess! A word about the Meadows in Hartford; It is a sucky venue to see a show and I would recommend to go to the Tweeter Center in MA for a more laid back concert experience. The Meadows is not fan friendly and is practically run like a gulag compared to the Tweeter Ctr.

So anyway, Maiden come on stage blazing with "wrathchild" but Wait!
There's no P.A. !

The sound is only Stage volume and monitors. People got irritated very quickly and made their displeasure known. The sound came on during the next tune to thunderous applause and Maiden proceeded to absolutely Kick ass! They really were the stars of Ozzfest 2005 and Deservedly so! My favorite part of the set was when Bruce dickinson dressed down a fan for smoking reefer. " if you want to be a fucking hippie, go see Dave Matthews! " He then referred to dave Mathews as a " Jerkoff" HA HA!I loved it! Also, Maiden only played songs from the first four albums. A real treat for an old fart like me!

Next comes The Sabs. I must say that The gave a vastly improved show over Ozzfest 2004. They played gems like The Wizard, After Forever, and Sleeping Village ( a real surprise) Ozzy looked and sounded very good to me. That clean living must agree with him. I could have done without seeing his winker though! As far as the rest of the band, what can I say? It was Black Sabbth! Tonny was excelelnt and did more extended soloing than other times it seemed. Geezers bass was Loud , clear, and heavy. His Sea Foam Green Jazz bass was probably the "least" metal instrument of the day! Bill ward was on top of his game as well; his kick drum being especially thunderous. They also played a longer set ( or so it seemed) than last year, which was nice. A great set by a great band equals a great time was had by all