Gary Shaw posted:Black Sabbath - O2 London
Wonderful. My expectations were high and they were easily exceeded - the sound was amazing (like a giant dinosaur stomping around the place), the playing astonishing (I never realised what a phenomenal bassist Geezer was) and even Ozzy's voice (never a thing of grace and splendour) stood up to the hour and fifty minutes well. For such a huge barn, the atmosphere was great.
More importantly they played everything I'd hoped, mostly from the early albums (handy, as Ozzy's voice now suits the lower registers of the 1st album much better): Setlist here
Spectacular finale, with cascades of large black and purple balloons filled the arena (quickly punted up onto the stage) and an amazing purple ticker tape shower as the band closed out with a storming Paranoid (cue the appearance of Geezer's Villa bass).
A couple of very minor grumbles: the two women in front of me who barely looked at the stage, concentrating on taking selfies of each other and bellowing into each others ears (not that I could hear them), and the drum solo - went on far too long even though it was technically amazing (he drummed like Animal).I was also impressed by the fact that it was the youngest audience I've been in for ages. Really surprised me how many young people were there.Thought Rival Sons were OKish - I'd have been much more impressed if I'd never heard Led Zep II, Machine Head et al. Could have done with a decent bunch of tunes. Singer had a good pair of pipes though.
Could not agree with you more Gary. I have to say this was one of the best gigs I have been to. Yes the audience was a bit restless, in my day we would have been totally out of our heads and needed one of the straight guys to get us back to the flat. That was the advantage of living on campus rather than out in the sticks somewhere.