BLACK SABBATH – ” The End Tour ” Omaha 20th January 2016

Posted: January 21, 2016 in MUSIC
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Black Sabbath kicked off their final world tour last night in Omaha, Neb. with a 14-song set largely dedicated to their most popular songs. You can see the full setlist below.

The founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were again joined by Tommy Clufetos, who took over for original drummer Bill Ward on Sabbath’s 2012-2014 reunion tour following a still-acrimonious split.

In Omaha, the quintessential heavy metal band kicked off its farewell tour — dubbed “The End” — and said this really is the final hurrah. Nearly 50 years after first forming (and 34 years to the day after Osbourne bit the head off of a bat), Black Sabbath took the stage with thundering versions of “Paranoid,” “War Pigs,” “Iron Man” and the eponymous “Black Sabbath.”

Even though it wasn’t a perfect show, it was tough to say goodbye. Black Sabbath basically invented heavy metal. Back then, they were just four guys in Birmingham. Fast forward 50 years and their guitar tones, howling occult lyrics, and slamming drumbeats are standard metal stuff, and those same guys stood in front of nearly 13,000 screaming fans. Wednesday’s show was just shy of a sellout, and people packed to the rafters to watch the band kick off its final jaunt with a no-nonsense 90-minute set. The thousands — heavily male, dressed in black and often heavily tattooed — heard the first ominous notes of “Black Sabbath” and jumped to their feet to hear the band run through its classics.

Backed by a screen full of psychedelic video streams and flanked by six flaming pyres, frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi dressed all in black for the occasion. (They were joined by drummer Tommy Clufetos, who has sat in for original drummer Bill Ward for several years.)

Iommi was pure thundering bliss on guitar. Playing some battered-up, well-used Gibson SGs, the legendary picker had a thick tone that was often menacing, sometimes forceful and always bursting with lightning. Butler availed himself well, especially on the band’s more recognizable basslines such as “War Pigs.” And Culfetos beat the drums like he hated them. Then there was the Ozzman.

Osbourne’s voice wasn’t great. It wasn’t awful, really. It simply wasn’t very good. On Wednesday, he was sometimes flat. He was sometimes pitchy, occasionally off-key. He almost never hit the notes he was looking for.

Osbourne did better on less vocally demanding songs such as “Dirty Women” and “Black Sabbath.”

It was the first show of the tour, so maybe his voice will warm up. Maybe they’re still working out the sound in his monitors. Maybe it’s just that he’s 67 years old.

It’s not clear what the cause was, but Sabbath also shuffled around its original setlist and skipped three songs. After Osbourne and Iommi consulted on stage, “Children of the Grave” was moved from the end of the setlist. They then skipped “God is Dead,” Under the Sun” and “After Forever” and finished the show with “Dirty Women” and “Paranoid.” The show came in 30 minutes under it’s originally scheduled runtime. (Read the show’s setlist below.) But nothing could stop fans from loving him.

They screamed every word to “Snowblind,” and danced around for “Children of the Grave.”

When the chugging chords of “Paranoid” signaled the end of the show, the arena was brought to its feet while purple confetti rained from above. When the show ended, the band took its bow and the house lights came up, many people refused to leave their seats. It was too hard to admit it was over. “This is the beginning of the end for us and I just wanted to say thank you for all of your support all these years,” Osbourne said at the end. “Thank you. Goodnight. God bless you all.”

As hinted at on an promotional video highlighting the band’s rehearsal sessions for The End tour, 1970’s slow-burning, bass-heavy “Hand of Doom” was performed for the first time in almost 40 years, alongside expected classics such as opener “Black Sabbath,” “War Pigs” and “Children of the Grave.

Unlike Black Sabbath’s last tour, nothing from their most recent album 13 was performed at last night’s show. Nor were any songs from The End, a new CD featuring four unreleased studio tracks from the 13 sessions and four live performances. This CD will only be sold at shows on this tour.

The End tour continues tomorrow night in Chicago, Ill., and is currently scheduled to conclude Sept. 21st in Phoenix, Ariz. You can get all of Black Sabbath’s tour dates at the band’s official site.

Black Sabbath Setlist: 1/20/16 Omaha, Neb.

01. “Black Sabbath”
02. “Fairies Wear Boots”
03. “Tomorrow’s Dream”
04. “Into The Void”
05. “Snowblind”
06. “War Pigs”
07. “Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
08. “N.I.B.”
09. “Hand Of Doom”
10. “Rat Salad”
11. “Iron Man”
12. “Children Of The Grave”
13. “Dirty Women”
14. “Paranoid”

 

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