Volume 92, Issue 77

Friday, February 12, 1999


Bunker flick needs time to take off

Bionic band performs a million dollar tour

Ozzy back in Black - Sabbath rocks T.O.

It's not like tuning a car

Underground sound

Ozzy back in Black - Sabbath rocks T.O.

By Shawn Despres and Mike Gaspar
Gazette Staff

Famous Canadian musician Neil Young once said "Hey, hey, my, my, rock 'n' roll will never die." Tuesday night at the SkyDome, Black Sabbath proved this. The band showed age is simply a state of mind and rock music, despite recent claims by many music critics, will always rule supreme.

Black Sabbath's "Reunion of the Century" tour has taken all four original members (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward) out on the road together for the first time in 20 years. Playing to a sold out crowd of 20,000, the godfathers of metal showed they are not ready to be dethroned.

Under a huge cloud of marijuana smoke, Sabbath took the stage after a brief video introduction. Opening with "War Pigs" the band played a tight 90 minute set, which included all of their greatest hits. The crowd cheered and head-banged its way through amazing versions of "N.I.B.," which Ozzy told the crowd was recorded in Toronto, "Fairies Wear Boots," "Iron Man" and the closer "Paranoid." A cool light show, a smoke-filled stage and ample pyrotechnics pumped up the audience even more.

As each classic Tony Iommi guitar riff began, Osbourne worked the crowd into a frenzy by jumping, running and leap frogging his way around the stage.

The highlight of the show was without a doubt "Black Sabbath," the title track off the band's first album. The stage was covered with giant torches creating a cool and eerie effect. The group sounded amazing as Osbourne's haunting vocals filled every corner of the cavernous SkyDome.

Osbourne ended the show by telling the crowd they better get home safe or he'll kick their asses. After that, the ballad "Changes" was played over the PA system as the lights came on. It seemed weak to end such a powerful show, but nevertheless, Sabbath showed despite their age, they can still rock harder than any band today.

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