September 7, 2016
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Dallas, TX USA
Review by JW Hammett
Photos by Keith Oliver
In The Era Of The Done, Dying Or Dead Iconic Rock Band Black Sabbath Delivers!
I'm still in disbelief at how incredible Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath performance was at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Texas. Ozzy, at age 68 was phenomenal! The band is now closing in on the their final tour properly called The End!
Although it may not have been a pretty sight, he gets a "B" (for Balls) at times performing shirtless as in days of old. But, that's what you get from Ozzy... raw, real & randy!
Towards the end, he got a little tired and wasn't projecting quite as strongly, but how many of us at age 68 could have pulled off the entire night of high impact performance & entertainment delivering one classic Sabbath song after another.
As for the rest of the band, FLAWLESS... TONY IOMMI proved he has maintained his magical mastering on the fret board via effortless touch & alluring dynamics... and GEEZER BUTLER brandished his bass lines around like a Tech 9. I was amazed at how fast his plucking fingers were going through most song selections. There's so much more to it than one can casually hear. Nuances of notes woven into the bass lines must be seen live to be appreciated!
The new guy! I was so blown away by TOMMY CLUFETOS on drums! I had been a bit skeptical about Bill Ward not making this tour and I thought for sure that it would be the big hole in the show. WRONG! At first I was not impressed by the 'sticks in the air' style of playing... too flashy. Again I was WRONG! Once consuming his entire performance, he pulled that flash off flawlessly. Even as a drummer myself, I've never been a big fan of long drawn out complex drum solos. Last night I was slapped upside the head... I can see clearly now.
In the era of the done, dying or dead iconic rock bands from the golden age of rock and roll, it's great that Black Sabbath is going out with a BANG, the way they burst into the music scene back in Feb 13th, 1969, the release date of their debut LP. Only a few more months of tour dates, so don't miss out and go catch this show, they truly hold up to the title of Godfathers of Heavy Metal!