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The Roundhouse, London 3 July 2010
Osbourne is now a household name but sadly not just for being the
Godfather of Metal. He almost lost that status after making a
moany dithering old fool of himself on the reality show of his family
the 'Osbournes'. Ozzy is now back doing what he loves best. Making
albums and performing on stage.
'O' is at the legendary Roundhouse (So called because it's round), the
smallest venue Ozzy has played in the capital since The Forum on a club
tour back in '88. A time when a young slim long blond haired
guitarist by the name of Zakk Wylde first shredded with the band.
With a new
band Ozzy has just made his best album in two decades with 'Scream'.
Tonight's show is a promotional tool for both Ozzy and iTunes Festival.
To obtain a ticket, you had to be one of the lucky names pulled out of a
hat on the iTunes Facebook or Myspace campaigns.
dedicated fans, the eyes were on new guitarist Gus G (So called because
his real name is Kostas Karamitroudis...try screaming out for his name
and you'll end up sounding like Daffy Duck.).
Gus G has
brought more of a melodic sound to Ozzy's band not heard since Jake
E.Lee was committing the ultimate sin. In fact only three songs
from the Zakk Wylde era are performed tonight and two of those are slow
ballady songs, so comparisons are kept to a minimum.
At The Moon' and 'Shot In The Dark' where the band sound vibrant and
fresh again. Gus G bringing a more commercial sound to the fore
dismissing the Pantera crunching sound of recent years. 'Let Me Hear You
Scream' is the only new track played tonight is a crowd pleaser where we
duly oblige by screaming back.
there is a note perfect introduction from keyboardist Adam Wakeman (So
called because he is the son of Rick, the Yes man who also played keys
on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.). Ozzy's voice may get a bit of a
enhanced help these days but it's all about entertainment baby.
Ozzy hobbles across the stage with the gaze of Tommy Cooper on acid.
Wear Boots' is first of five Black Sabbath numbers tonight, oddly which
all are from the 'Paranoid' album. Drummer Tommy Clufetos doing an
admiral job even looking like a youthful Bill Ward with his beard and
more buckets of water out over the audience than what you would recieve
at a Tiswas convention. With time moving on it was time to board
the 'Crazy Train' where once again Gus G made the song sounding closer
to the original than in recent years.
For a four
song encore with Ozzy prompting the crowd to shout ''One more song.'',
we gathered in our masses to sing along to 'War Pigs' and end in fine
headbanging fashion for 'Paranoid'.
of Darkness still shines brightly.
Set list : Bark At The Moon / Let Me Hear You Scream / Mr Crowley / I
Don't Know / Fairies Wear Boots / Suicide Solution / Road To Nowhere /
Shot In The Dark / Rat Salad / Iron Man / Crazy Train ...encores Mama
,I'm Coming Home / I Don't Wanna Change The World / War Pigs / Paranoid
and photos by Mark Taylor
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