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O2, London
Tuesday 10th December 2013

steve goldby

black sabbath

What a performance, what a show and what a night.

Black Sabbath were simply magnificent tonight as they proved beyond doubt that they more than deserve their place at Metal's top table, not just as 'founding fathers' but as excellent performers who simply cannot be matched on their day.

There were several reservations beforehand, namely; can Ozzy still do it, had Tony's health difficulties diminished his abilities in any away, is Geezer on his last legs after saying last year that his time in the band is coming to an end, does Tommy Clufetos really fit into the band and how good would a Black Sabbath gig be with no tracks from 'Heaven And Hell' and 'Mob Rules'?

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All of these questions were answered and then some as Sabbath rolled back the years to deliver a devastating performance that will live in the memory for a long, long time.

The lighting created a very special atmosphere which was 21st century pyschedelic-esque yet totally in tune with Sabbath's style and sound, a sound that was almost flawless. I've heard bad things about the sound in the O2 but Sabbath more than nailed it and the sound guys cannot be praised highly enough.

black sabbath

And the same can be said for the band themselves who delivered an astonishing display of skilled musicianship, raw power and captivating visuals which blew away the doubts and left you thinking that there is still an awful lot more mileage left in these warriors yet.

There is no doubt whatsoever that Tommy Clufetos is the right man to fill Bill Ward's boots; impressive doesn't quite do his display justice.

black sabbath

Tony Iommi was simply magnificent and Geezer should rethink his plans to retire as he's nowhere near ready for his pipe and slippers yet.

As for Ozzy, it's not hard to forgive the odd bum note here and there as he's still the excellent entertainer of old and still has what it takes to deliver a great Black Sabbath show.

Great is what this band are and great is what they will remain, still valid, still magnificent and still out there doing the business.

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I thought several times before the show began that this would probably be my last ever Black Sabbath gig but after witnessing this tremendous occasion, I've totally changed my mind and am instead looking forward to the 50th anniversary in 2018 and everything in between.

Long live the institution that is and forever will be Black Sabbath!

War Pigs
Into The Void
Under The Sun/Every Day Comes And Goes
Age Of Reason
Black Sabbath
Behind The Wall Of Sleep
N.I.B. (Preceded by 'Bassically', Geezer Butler bass solo)
End Of The Beginning
Fairies Wear Boots
Rat Salad (with Drum Solo)
Iron Man
God Is Dead?
Dirty Women
Children Of The Grave

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Intro

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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