Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
March 28, 2007
Civic Centre
Ottawa, ON Canada


  • Ronnie James Dio - Vocals
  • Tony Iommi - Guitar
  • Geezer Butler - Bass
  • Vinny Appice - Drums
  • Scott Warren - Keyboards


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from Redmond Curtis
date Mar 29, 2007 10:18 AM
subject Heaven and Hell Ottawa concert review

Heaven and Hell. Also known as "Black Sabbath" (the DIO years). One gets shivers just saying the names out loud: Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi (for those of you from Ashby, he's also known as "Tony Lommy"), Geezer Butler. Legends. And Vinnie Appice is OK too.

As the lights came up, the stage setup looked like an old castle, or a graveyard. then I realized what was going on: we were worshiping at St. DIO's house of metal.

I'm sure people want to ask "hey man, did they do Holy Diver? Did they do Iron man?" No solo Dio, No ozzy- era Sabbath. They did selected tunes from "Mob Rules", "Heaven and Hell" and "Dehumanizer", plus a couple of new tunes from their forth-coming album "Black Sabbath, the Dio Years". The new tunes were pretty good. One was called "Shadow of the wind", another was called "The devil does [something]". opening line from that song was very funny, was something like ".It was a beautiful day, in HELL.." or something like that.

Dio is still that elf-like dude, running around screaming about dungeons, dragons, lucky charms, unicorns, the devil, etc., with that HUGE voice. He is a powerful presence, especially when you consider he's 65 years old. I saw him a couple of times previously as an opening act, and he was NOT happy. Mr. Big-ego likes to be the center of attention. Last night he was, and deservingly. He put on a great show, and he was happy, and having fun.

Tony looks like an English Gentleman. Almost scientific in his approach. He puts on his lab coat (which in his case is black, and has crosses on it), and in his mind says (avec his British accent) "right, then, I shall insert a face-melting solo into this part of the song." And off he goes-bloody hell! But the fascinating thing about his solos was that while they were as good as you'd expect, it was his rhythm playing that I concentrated on. The riff for "Mob Rules" is so huge, but he makes it look simple. Same with "Neon Nights". During the song, I'd be watching Tony.until the solo part came, then I couldn't take my eyes of Geezer. Man, he fills in the blanks like nobody. His right hand moves almost in a Steve Harris-type fashion, but he doesn't play the same. Just amazing.

Vinnie was solid and had a weird kit.he had two sets of two toms on vertical stands, that he'd pull toward himself, strike the drum, then let it wobble back into place. I can honestly say I've never seen that before.

So, musically, it was an amazing AMAZING show. But as for the "concert experience", it had some issues.

The civic center STANK like B.O. mixed in with the aroma of `left handed' cigarettes. They ran out of beer. To top it off, there were an overwhelming number of `youts' who decided it would be a good idea to do a lot of "moshing" (is that what the kids call it), body slamming and surfing and whatnot. Maybe I'm old and/or fat, and/or cranky, but, I don't think anything should infringe upon my civil rights to peacefully enjoy my metal. That's my only complaint.

Final verdict:

6 Lobsters, out of a possible 6.66 Lobsters. They would have gotten full marks but for the arseholes in the crowd (over which they have no control).

If Heaven and Hell, or Megadeth come to your town GO. But, wear earplugs. Today I feel like I'm wearing a helmet made of `nerf'.