Black Sabbath - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - August 28, 2013
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
You wouldn't have guessed it was a weeknight judging on the amount of tailgating going on in the parking lots of Verizon Wireless in Irvine for Wednesday night's concert, featuring the Godfathers of heavy metal music, Black Sabbath.
Everywhere you looked, the band's impact was felt. From the parents with their families to the younger couples, visibly not even as old as the band itself, the music of Black Sabbath has to only survived the test of time it has united and impacted the lives of fans spawning three generations.
Irvine Police gave a clear and known presence out side of the venue, but that didn't stop people from tailgating one bit. Black Sabbath as a solo act in concert brings out as many fans and partiers as all the OZZFEST tours combined. It was a panoramic scene of food, beer, loud music and metal heads socializing. Oh and did we say beer???? Unfortunately though, hundreds if not thousands of fans were still waiting in line to enter the venue, just as the band, took the stage at 8:30 p.m. sharp, causing a panicked mass of rabid fans rushing to the front of the line at once, making security guards work extra for their money.
Black Sabbath's monumental sound stretched all across the venue from the first row to the far corners of the lawn, all packed with fans squished together like sardines. From the onset of their two hour set, classic songs like 'War Pigs,' 'Behind the Wall of Sleep,' 'Snowblind,' 'N.I.B.' and many more hits both from older classic albums and more recent songs including the hit single, 'God is Dead,' from the new album, 13.
Fan favorites included 'Under the Sun/Everyday Just Comes and Goes,' and a very haunting rendition of the classic song 'Black Sabbath,' from the 1970 debut self-titled album." This is one that goes back to the very beginning," Ozzy yelled to the crowd. Ozzy's vocals (for this song in particular) sounded amazing.
Despite the fact that bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi are all over age 60, each was full of spirit and a radiance could be felt on stage that could only be described as magical. Ozzy did he best to run around, slowly bang his head and body, wave his arms madly, throw pails of water into the front row, and incite the crowd yelling a them to scream, "I can't F*****G hear you!" to the 15,000 fans in the amphitheater.
See also: Top 10 Creepiest Black Sabbath Songs