Black Sabbath Concert Reviews
August 12, 2009

Phoenix, AZ
Dodge Theater


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


  1. Unknown

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E5150/The Mob Rules
Children of the Sea
Bible Black
Time Machine
Vinnie Appice Drum Solo
Falling Off the Edge of the World
Follow the Tears
Die Young
Heaven & Hell
Country Girl (Intro)/Neon Nights

First, I have to say that my expectations of Coheed and Cambria were pretty low. I'd never really heard their stuff before this concert, and what I did decide to look up on YouTube kinda made me sad (not to mention the lead singer made me want to stab him in the face due to his voice). However, I was somewhat impressed by them. It wasn't NEARLY as bad as I had thought it would be, which very much so surprised me.

20 Minutes-ish after C&C left the stage, E5150 hits...

And Heaven & Hell (err... Black Sabbath!) hits the stage. Iommi struts on stage and starts blasting the riff to "The Mob Rules". I was very impressed all around with the mix. Geezer wasn't muddied in, Iommi sounded spectacular, Dio's vocals were loud and clear, and Appice's drums were pretty damn brutal.

One thing I just have got to note is something that absolutely floored me. During the song, "Heaven & Hell" Iommi used *PINCH HARMONICS* (to a very satisfying effect) during the "If it seems to be real, it's illusion..." verse. He used them about half a dozen times or so, and it was pretty damn good. The only other time I've ever seen Iommi use pinch harmonics was in a video of the song "Black Sabbath" I saw, from during the Tony Martin era. It was impressive, and definitely unexpected. Maybe Mr. Zakk Wylde should take a cue from Iommi, and not overuse the fucking things...

All in all, this was a damn good concert. Dio didn't fuck up on the vocals even once to my knowledge, and of course did his standard improvisation on the vocal melodies. Geezer was again very, VERY amazing on bass, and even got his own little bass solo during "Time Machine". Vinnie was heart pounding, just as he was the first time I saw Black Sabb... Err... Heaven & Hell, last year. Then, of course, there's Iommi. What can I say that hasn't already been said by Dio, countless other musicians, and countless fans. The man is absolutely amazing, and never ceases to amaze me. Very well done from the whole lot.

The only complaint I have is the same one that's been voiced throughout this 2009 world tour: The setlist is too god damn short. I would have loved to hear a full rendition of "Country Girl" for the encore, THEN followed by a full version of "Neon Knights".

Nonetheless, I am satisfied with what I got, and if they make their way into "Hell" (Phoenix, AZ) again, I'll probably be seeing them once again!

Posted by: Fenuxx at August 13, 2009 12:59 AM

Hi Joe,

Saw Heaven and Hell last night. Noticed that Vinnies hair was short. I've been a fan since late 1970's (with Black Sabbath). More or less 1hr 30 minutes. Started at 822pm. Led Zeppelin was their pre-concert music. The sound was god awful! Way too loud, enginneers and sound men were sitting on their asses doing nothing to fix it. Couldn't hear Ronnie or Vinnie at all, because Tony and Geezer drowned them both out. It actually was painful at times because it was so loud. I was sitting in the balcony, in the center. I've been attending concerts since late 1970's, and this was the worst sounding concert I have ever attended. I spent more than $100.00 for tickets, and I wish I had the option to refund them.

Their set list (in no particular order) was:

Mob Rules
Children of the Sea
Heaven and Hell
Time Machine
Drum Solo
Bible Black
Falling off the Edge of the World
Follow the Tears
Die Young

Encore: Country Girl/Neon Knights Medley

Posted by: Jerry at August 14, 2009 1:46 AM

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