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Sabbath Reunion 

Rock gods Ozzy Osbourne, Toni Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward will reunite for this year's Ozzfest, reassembling the original Black Sabbath line-up to promote a new live record, Reunion. From the website:
Here's a review from The Hollywood Reporter about the January 5th show in Inglewood CA.

- Absence makes the metalhead grow fonder. After a layoff of more than 20 years, with a 1992 four-song dalliance in between the original metal kings have returned to reclaim their throne. Featuring the four founding members, Black Sabbath -- the name still brings chills to the spine no matter how watered-down post-Ozzy incarnations have been -- absolutely laid waste to an over-the-top madhouse (a k a the Forum) during the first of two sold-out dates at the venerable arena.

Dishing up huge slabs of their patented grindstorm -- a sound and fury as influential as any in contemporary rock 'n' roll -- the mighty Sabbath stormed through a 105-minute set on the third date of their long-awaited reunion tour. Touring behind a new double live album on Epic cleverly titled "Reunion," the point here is not that release but the fact that the band has finally buried the hatchet(s) and is on the road in this form, period.

Led by irrepressible Ozzy Osbourne, along with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward, Sabbath delved into its storied past with undisguised glee, serving up mostly early '70s classics that retain all of the power, ferocity and volume of those halcyon years. Iommi remains a force as he relentlessly paced the stage laying out riff after monster riff from his array of Gibsons. Ward and Butler are simply pulverizing -- the textbook definition of a heavy rock rhythm section.

And Ozzy is, well, still Ozzy -- profane, funny spooky; the vortex of the madness that was and is Black Sabbath. He still works a crowd like nobody's business. And the response was fanatical all night. This will undoubtedly be one of the year's biggest tours, comeback or otherwise.

by-John Lappen (January 7th)

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