Black Sabbath Birmingham O2 Academy Review: Five Reasons Black Sabbath Ruled (Setlist Included)
Basically, we went to see Black Sabbath play Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Saturday night, and it was a fucking blinder. Here’s five reasons why…
The Atmosphere Was Fucking Magic
The building was packed almost an hour before the band even got near the stage, and from the moment they launched into Into The Void to the final closing seconds of Paranoid, the sense of celebration, jubilation and rock ‘n’ fucking roll in the air was tangible.
Tony Got The Reception Of A Lifetime
There was, of course, a huge reception for Messrs Osbourne and Butler, but when Tony Iommi walked out on stage, the place went ballistic. “Tony!” chants echoed around the building all night, and when Ozzy pointed at the man himself and screamed “HE. IS. IRON. MAN!” it was a legendary moment in the making.
They Managed To Sound Even Heavier Than We Thought Possible
How do the godfathers of heavy itself manage to make their set sound even more bone-crushingly arena-collapsing than usual? Slow a few numbers down and put down a mix that could blow up a whale’s appendix.
They Rolled Out Some Rarities
They could have played for four hours straight and still left out some ragers, but airing the likes of Under The Sun, Wheels Of Confusion, Dirty Women and Tomorrow’s Dream was world-class.
They Had The Tony Stark Black Sabbath T Shirt For Sale
So we bought twelve.
Seriously, it was a legendary gig and has only made us even more excited for Download in June. Bring it on.
Black Sabbath Birmingham O2 Academy Setlist
Into The Void
Under The Sun
Wheels Of Confusion
Behind The Wall Of Sleep
Fairies Wear Boots
Symptom Of The Universe (jam)
Children Of The Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (jam)