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Black Sabbath

Live at Ozzfest, 2004, East Troy, WI

Review by Gary Hill

Ever since their original reunion with Ozzy I have made a point to see Black Sabbath whenever they came around. This time marks the 6th time I saw the lineup, and of all the shows, it was the weakest.While the band made their way through a good cross section of their classic material, the set was considerably shorter than on previous tours, and they just didn't really seem to be fully involved in the show. Perhaps they were tired, but they looked bored. They also didn't play with the precision that I have been accustomed to seeing from them, getting downright sloppy at points. The stage set was rather minimalistic in comparison to earlier tours. I have to say, though, that with all that is going on in the world today, "War Pigs" definitely has taken on a new relevance, and the video footage of war machines and armies on the march certainly brought that home.

The final word is that while this show was entertaining and enjoyable, I found it a bit disappointing. The sad thing is that after a killer screaming set from Judas Priest, the Sabbath set was a bit of a let-down. It's too bad they weren't playing as well as they did in 2001, then it might have been a real contest.
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