Black Sabbath Journey ‘Into the Void’ for Powerful New Jersey Performance
Black Sabbath‘s North American tour is finally in full swing, and we couldn’t be happier. 21 months after Sabbath announced the reunion of their original lineup, new album and tour, the heavy metal blueprinters dropped by New Jersey to perform in front of a massive crowd.
Party rocker Andrew W.K. warmed up the crowd with a unique DJ set, blasting hard rock and heavy metal classics before Sabbath took the stage. Black Sabbath’s fallen angel logos appeared on a black curtain which covered the stage, and as the lights dropped, New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center erupted with a passion reserved only for Sabbath.
As Sabbath’s black curtain rose, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and live drummer Tommy Clufetos broke out into fan favorite ‘War Pigs,’ which inspired an epic sing-a-long between Ozzy and the gigantic crowd. Sabbath churned through additional classics such as ‘Snowblind,’ ‘Behind the Wall of Sleep’ and ‘Black Sabbath during the first half of the group’s set list, also introducing the new cut ‘Age of Reason’ early on into the mix. The New Jersey crowd offered a somewhat lackluster response to Sabbath’s new ’13′ material, until the legends broke into ‘God is Dead?’, which proved to be one of the night’s strongest performances.
The true stars of the show were guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, who both performed flawlessly, bursting at the seams with technical brilliance throughout the two-hour gig. Ozzy, however, was very hit-or-miss the entire night. Repeatedly dunking his head into a bucket of water upstage, the Prince of Darkness found himself off-key fairly often, although he nailed other Sabbath material with his trademark wail.
Black Sabbath left their fans happy after finishing the show with ‘Children of the Grave’ and the phenomenal ‘Paranoid’ — both of which conjured deafening cheers from Sabbath followers.
Black Sabbath still have a bunch of North American live dates left. See Sabbath’s full touring schedule here and check out our exclusive photos from the Aug. 4 Sabbath gig below.
Check Out Our Exclusive Photos of Black Sabbath in Holmdel, N.J.: