Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
May 1, 2007
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
San Antonio, TX


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


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from Scott Smith <>
date May 8, 2007 11:25 PM
subject Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell Tour 2007 (San Antonio (Selma) Texas gig)

Saw Sabbath (or Heaven and Hell) on May 1 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma (San Antonio), Texas, and it was mind-blowing. My first ever Sabbath show. I saw Dio in 1987ish on the "Sacred Heart" tour, which was a great show (despite Vivian Campbell getting hurt by a pyro), but the Heaven and Hell show last week was even better.

Dio was in great voice and spirits. Geezer pounded out fantastic bass, Tony Iommi was smiling and riffing away on his axes and Vinny Appice was rock-solid heavy. Great, great gig. They played for about two hours and had great sound and a great stage set-up (as we all know by now.)

Dio thanked the crowd of about 10,000 multiple times for coming out and supporting the band that night.
Even better was what happened backstage after the show. I had the once-in-a-lifetime chance of meeting the band, and they were so gracious and kind. We saw Vinny first, who said hi and signed autographs, and then my brother and I were escorted to a small room on the end of the hallway that was inhabitated by none other than Geezer and Tony, and I felt like Wayne in "Wayne's World." Wow, I was stunned. I somehow managed to blurt out "I play bass because of you, Mr. Butler." And he asked if I still played, and I said yes. Tony then said to Geezer, "You see Geezer, look what you've done to this poor guy." We all laughed. After we visited for about four or five minutes, my brother and I then met Dio, and he joked with us, told us stories about Sabbath's 1980 tour (Vinny's first gig in Hawaii) and let us take photos with him. I told him that I started playing bass because of Geezer Butler and John Entwistle in the eighth grade. I said "He's my bass hero," and Ronnie said "As he should be. Geezer should be more people's bass hero." Dio went on and on how talented Geezer, Tony and Vinny are, and he said how glad he was to be doing this tour, playing with "such a fantastic band again." Dio kept calling my brother and I by our names, and we talked with him for 15 minutes. All four guys were so kind. I'm still pinching myself. My first Sabbath concert, and I had the wonderful pleasure of hanging out with them. They seemed moved when I told them I drove 9 hours to see them in concert. True gentlemen. But man, can they still rock it out onstage. I can't wait for the live DVD and CD this fall.
Thanks for listening. Feel free to use any of this rambling if you want, or it can be for your information.  Thanks and peace!

Scott Smith
Fort Smith, Ark.