- Ozzy Osbourne - Vocals
- Tony Iommi - Guitar
- Geezer Butler - Bass
- Bill Ward - Drums
- Adam Wakeman - Keyboards
- After Forever
- War Pigs
- Dirty Women
- Fairies Wear Boots
- Symptom Of The Universe / Sweet Leaf /
- Iron Man
- Black Sabbath
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Paranoid
- Encore: Children Of The Grave
- Outro: Changes
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From: "micahjackson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Article about the Houston Show
Date sent: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 16:30:38 -0500
The last weekend of August at the Cynthia
Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands TX, an annual rock and roll festival
was held. This festival was the heavy metal superfest, Ozzfest. You may be
somewhat familiar with what Ozzfest is. But if you were not there you
certainly missed out on a few special events.
I hope to communicate not only how jamming this concert was but also help
you to know what it may have felt like to have been there.
In the words of Ozzy Ozbourne, there is only one thing to say about it,
"rock and f@#king roll!"
I had attempted to purchase tickets months ago but at the time all that
was available was overpriced obstructed view tickets. I was amazed when I
heard tickets were available which had just been released on the day of
the event. It was already midafternoon when I heard this announcement. I
was so frustrated! Rob Zombie ( the film maker and former frontman of the
band White Zombie) was onstage! I really had wanted to see him. By the
time I gathered my compatriots together and finally got there we had
missed over half the bands on the line up!
When we came through the gates and ascended the hill, Mudvayne was
onstage. People were laying around on the hill a few folks were standing
in the front. I did some people watching after Mudvayne finished their set
and the stage was being set up for Velvet Revolver. It was so hot many of
the women had taken off their tops and were in swimsuit tops or bras. This
was definitely a rock n roll bash! Between the sets more people had
arrived and the hill was more populated when Velvet Revolver took the
stage than it had been during Mudvayne. Scott Wylan, vocalist for VR (and
renown vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots) reminded the crowd that it was
the fans that made rock and roll and then commenced to excite the crowd.
Slash and Wylan as well as the rest of VR put on a energetic show and I
have to admit as I was not a fan before they managed to reach a larger
audience through this event. Beneath the red Velvet Revolver sign Slash's
"Got Pot?" shirt was readable from the hill. The band played mostly their
own songs but they did perform two songs from their old groups, one from
S.T.P. and Mr. Brownstone from Guns and Roses. Most of the crowd was
standing for Velvet Revolver.
I found myself half naked, my long curls soaked, jumping round like a
savage to televised flames, light shows, and driving rhythm.
Once Velvet Revolver had completed their set I looked around and there
were even more people then before. The sky was growing dark and lightning
crossed the sky. The crowd waited with a hush of anticipation as the stage
was set for the headlining band. A band whose debut was years before this
writer was born. A band known for wild antics, as well as infighting, a
band that few thought would reunite, a band that some find hard to believe
that all the members are still alive. A band that pioneered the genre, a
band known as Black Sabbath. This was not some retread version of Black
Sabbath with Tony Iommi on Guitar and three other guys. This was Black
Sabbath the original four Tony, Ozzy, Geezer, and Bill. I had serious
concerns about a band made up of people from my parents generation being
able to move such a large and rambunctious crowd. When Ozzy came out the
crowd went crazy.
During no other set was the audience so active. The cool wind came and
blew the trash around beneath stomping and jumping feet. Ozzy demanded
more and more from the crowd. Yet every time he asked the crowd would
deliver. No other band had the audience singing, chanting, dancing, and
clapping. Black Sabbath had an interesting stage set and of course the
crazier the crowd went the crazier Ozzy went. As the rain came down in the
dark of night, it came down fast, and cold yet people did not leave
instead they merely cheered louder. I found myself half naked, my long
curls soaked, jumping round like a savage to televised flames, light
shows, and driving rhythm. The Sabs revitalized such timeless numbers as
War Pigs (which played against the backdrop of the war and the videos of
peace symbols reached a new relevance), Children of the Grave, Black
Sabbath, After Forever, and of course Paranoid.
I thought that these guys on stage were still flying by the seat of their
pants and that this was indeed a Black Sabbath concert. This primal energy
is what attracted fans to Sabbath and Hard Rock in general and it made me
feel even more alive recognizing that they could still transmit this
energy to thousands and thousands of fans, standing in the cheap seats, in
the rain, going crazy! In the words of the infamous Ozzy Ozbourne there is
only one thing to say about it, "rock and f@#king roll!"