Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
August 4, 2005
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Detroit, MI


  • 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: Scott Setchfield <>
Subject: Black Sabbath Aug 4th Detroit, MI
Date sent: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 11:48:05 -0700 (PDT)

As soon as the siren for War Pigs began, people started going nuts! However, this was only the recorded intro. It went on featuring bits and pieces of many songs. People were making noise as though this were the actual band playing already! When the actual band did make its appearance, everyone was making a lot of noise. They didn?t make any special entrance or anything like that, there were just there. The stage also was nothing special, just the 4 guys and their equipment. Like last year, it was arranged so that the bass and guitar amps were pretty close together so they didn?t make full use of the whole stage. This gave it a more intimate appearance, like it was back in the old days when they played on small stages.

When N.I.B kicked into full force, I pretty much knew this was going to be a good show. Tony, Geezer and Bill were right on as they always are and Ozzy was doing surprisingly well also. After cancelling three out of the last four gigs due to throat problems, I expected Ozzy?s voice to give him some trouble and that he might be a little pissed off about it. At one point in the show he told us that if his voice wasn?t so good that it wasn?t his fault and he was giving us the best he could. Really only on "After Forever", the second song of the night, did his voice mess up and it wasn?t too bad. The rest of the night wasn?t quite perfect, but it was more than adequate and it certainly didn?t bother the crowd, and judging by the huge smile on Ozzy?s face for most of the night, I think he was pleased with himself and the way things were going. Last year Sabbath?s performance was almost perfect because the sound was fantastic and Ozzy was right on. This year, the sound had a bit of troublebecause there were several times when there was some feedback. This wasn?t anything terrible, but certainly did take away from the sound quality. The overall sound was still very good I think because when there was no feedback, the sound was mixed very well and sounded great.

The set list as I remember it, not in very good order:

After Forever
War Pigs
Dirty Women
Symtom of the Universe/Sweet Leaf/Electric Funeral (full version)
Iron Man
Black Sabbath
Fairies Wear Boots
Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath/Paranoid
Sleeping Village/Children of the Grave

Like I said, Ozzy was all smiles most of the night. During War Pigs when the audience sings every other line, it was quite amazing to listen to so many people singing. When the crowd sang a part or just made noise for Ozzy when he asked for it, one could tell that Ozzy was pretty pleased. He was running around on stage and did many, many of his signature leap frogs. At one point Ozzy took his shirt off and it was obvious that Ozzy?s in better shape than I think he has been in years. I didn?t see exactly when the show started, but I think it lasted right around the 70 minutes that it was scheduled to. It certainly could have been longer, but I don?t think anyone in their right mind walked away disappointed. This was my 7th time seeing Ozzy and my 4th time seeing the original Black Sabbath and I know I walked away with a big grin on my face.