In one of the most anticipated classic rock concerts in recent memory, Black Sabbath reunited for an epic headlining performance at Lollapalooza 2012 in Chicago. The band was minus drummer Bill Ward, who continues to battle over his contract, but Ozzy Osbourne’s drummer Tommy Clufetos filled in admirably, even adding a drum solo to let Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler take a break.
Chicago-based blog Chicago Rants attended the show and was beyond happy with the set list, while noting the band’s great overall sound during the performance. The set list wisely skewed heavily toward the band’s legendary first three LPs, Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Master of Reality, which means it was filled with classic after classic. You can see the entire set list and plenty of videos of the show at Brooklyn Vegan.
Fan photos of the show on Twitter show a stage filled with fiery video effects to complement the sonic hellfire Black Sabbath songs rain down on live crowds. Even the non-heavy metal fans were impressed.
Don't even like metal but black sabbath was awesome http://t.co/2S4EKgoW—
Marisela Fonseca (@maads92) August 04, 2012
Annette Rose (@theAnnetteRose) August 04, 2012
José A. Martinez (@bluejosem) August 04, 2012
Iñaki De la Muelat™ (@Inakidelamuelat) August 04, 2012
Joe Cajindos (@jcajindos) August 04, 2012
Fan tweets offered some similar reactions, one of them being disbelief that Black Sabbath were actually performing together in front of them.
I cannot believe I am seeing ozzy osbourne and black Sabbath right now #lolla—
Corbin Blankenstein (@truecb) August 04, 2012
I just heard Black Sabbath. Omg. I can't even explain that.—
Joshua Neyhart (@maniacmiler) August 04, 2012
Can't believe I'm seeing Black Sabbath perform! I <3 #Lolla—
bri^y (@StarOfD00m) August 04, 2012
Whether intentional or not, many fans tweeted morbid messages of dying happy and the band “killing it.” The original heavy metal icons will do that to you.
Saw Black Sabbath live. Can now die happy. <3—
Allie (@alliewojcik) August 05, 2012
Seeing Black Sabbath live. Another item off of my list of things to do before I die. About to happen! #lolla—
Scott Goldstein (@GoldyHawks) August 04, 2012
I got to see my two favorite Black Sabbath songs live in addition to the most legendary drum solo I've ever seen. I can die happy. #lolla—
gina russell (@geenuhhhh) August 04, 2012
Jilly Mc Donough (@Jillers101) August 04, 2012
Omg Black Sabbath is KILLING it #lolla—
Alex Alvarez (@AlvarezAlex27) August 04, 2012
August Marron (@augustmarron) August 04, 2012
If you’ve seen Sabbath live before, you understand how hard it would be not to scream along with songs like “War Pigs” and “Iron Man.” These two fans who lost their voice at the show probably weren’t alone in waking up muted.
Lost my voice rockin out to Black Sabbath last night. #Lollapalooza—
Bobby Reys (@LionsAndReys) August 04, 2012
i lost my voice at black sabbath—
frida (@mexifrida) August 04, 2012
Were you at Lollapalooza for Black Sabbath? Wish you were there? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
- Medley Intro
- Black Sabbath
- The Wizard
- Behind the Wall of Sleep
- Into the Void
- Under the Sun
- War Pigs
- Electric Funeral
- Sweet Leaf
- Symptom of the Universe (instrumental)
- Drum Solo
- Iron Man
- Fairies Wear Boots
- Dirty Women
- Children of the Grave
- Encore: Paranoid (“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” intro)
Photos: Black Sabbath at Lollapalooza