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Black Sabbath Bring ‘The End’ Tour to NYC With Triumphant Stand at Madison Square Garden

This is ‘The End’ for Black Sabbath, and the legendary band is going out on top! The metal godfathers played the “Word’s Most Famous Arena” on Thursday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 27, when they performed two nights in Madison Square Garden, and they shook the New York City venue to its core.

Loudwire had the pleasure of taking in the Thursday night show, and Ozzy Osbourne and company started the set with the song that pretty much started heavy metal, the ever-ominous track “Black Sabbath.” The sold-out crowd rose to its feet upon Tony Iommi‘s very first notes, and remained standing throughout the entire concert.

For the most part, the show was a celebration of the band’s first three albums, all metal masterpieces, as 12 of the set’s 14 songs came from Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master of Reality. Among the highlights were Ozzy trading lyrics with the audience on “War Pigs,” a thunderous version of “Iron Man” and the set-closing encore of “Paranoid.”

The band was in fine form, with Ozzy’s vocals holding up throughout the night, and the one-two punch of Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler filling up the Garden with their massive guitar and bass riffs, respectively. While fans had hoped that founding drummer Bill Ward would return for this final tour, Tommy Clufetos more than held his own behind the kit, and even played a monstrous drum solo toward the end of the gig.

Throughout the night, Ozzy interacted with the audience, shouting, “I can’t hear you” whenever the crowd didn’t yell loud enough to his liking. The fans always responded with a louder roar upon Ozzy’s request.

While it would have been nice to hear a track off ’13,’ considering how successful and critically acclaimed the 2013 album was, there was very little to complain about. The band had played ‘God Is Dead?’ early on in the tour, but dropped it from the set after Ozzy’s bout with sinusitis forced the band to postpone three Canadian dates.

So, this is it. If you want to catch Sabbath on tour, don’t miss this opportunity, because as Ozzy has said in many interviews, this truly is the end. And it wouldn’t hurt to get to the show early, as opening act Rival Sons put on an entertaining show. Check out photos of Black Sabbath’s in concert above courtesy of famed photographer Ross Halfin, as well as fan-filmed video of both Madison Square Garden gigs below. Tickets for Sabbath’s remaining shows are available here.

Black Sabbath Setlist 2/25/16 Madison Square Garden:

‘Black Sabbath’
‘Fairies Wear Boots’
‘After Forever’
‘Into the Void’
‘Snowblind’
‘War Pigs’
‘Behind the Wall of Sleep’ (‘Wasp’ Intro)
’N.I.B.’ (‘Bassically’ Intro)
‘Hand of Doom’
‘Rat Salad’
‘Iron Man’
‘Dirty Women’
‘Children of the Grave’
‘Paranoid’

Black Sabbath Perform ‘Iron Man’ at Madison Square Garden 2/25/16

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Black Sabbath Perform ‘War Pigs’ at Madison Square Garden on 2/27/16

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Black Sabbath Perform ‘Paranoid’ at Madison Square Garden on 2/27/16

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