Black Sabbath ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

22 03 2007

Tony Iommi - Guitar GodMarch 13, 2007 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton was like a day lost in time: It could easily been a late Winter day in 1981 or so… and that was a GOOD thing.

That was the day (well night really) of the the Heaven and Hell concert (read that as Black Sabbath show). The show was simply fantastic. Although it’s been 25 (or so ) years since this version of Black Sabbath first got together, after the firing/quitting of Ozzy Osbourne, they still knew how to blow the roof off a place.

Ronnie James Dio, vocalist extraordinaire, still has an amazing set of pipes, despite being in his mid 60s. Sure, he doesn’t quite have the range that he used to, but he managed to change up his singing so as to not end up cracking or dropping any of the lyrics. Tony Iommy, well he seems to be getting better with age ( as good guitarist seem to do). His riffs were tasty as they always are and the solos cut through tio my soul. Geezer Butler was as solid as he always is. That man could knock down the walls of Jericho with that bass of his. Vinnie Appice, the veteran drummer still has what it takes. Rock solid beats and a fantasic solo… These guys show that getting old doesn’t have to mean getting boring.

The set was energetic and classic. Opening with the erie instrumental, E5150, and sliding into After All (the Dead), the band led the audience through a classic Metal adventure that few will forget (until the onset of Alzheimer’s, that is – hey, there were a lot of older guys there 😉 ) . It was a long set of about twenty songs, including the three new songs that they recorded for the anthology, The Dio Years. It’s hard to pick highlights from a show that rocked through and through, but if forced, I would have to say that Sign of the Southern Cross, Children of the Sea, Voodoo, Heaven and Hell (of course!), and Neon Nights stood out as especially great moments… but if you asked me ten minutes from now that list might change – it was that good.

Opening band Megadeth has been doing this thing since the 80’s, and although I have never been a fan of them, they did perform a professional, tight show that was nearly flawless.

Man… I loved this show!

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My Trogdor Tattoo – In all it’s Majesty!!!

7 03 2007

Another thing I did in Edmonton was get a tatoo before the Wolfmother concert. My friend Clint who happens to be a good tattoo artist (see his portfolio at Raptor Tattoo – this will open in a new window) did the work. I dropped by Clint’s work to pick him up for the concert. I was a little early, and since he had no clients at the time, I decided to get a tattoo that Clint had suggested a while ago – Trogdor the Burninator. For those that are not familiar with Trogdor, I’ll briefly explain: Trogdor is a character from a hilarious web site called Homestar Runner. I am in no way affiliated with the creators of the Homestar Runner – I just think they create some of the funniest material on the “Net today. Click this LINK to find out more. A quick tattoo, Clint had it done with plenty of time for the show…





Wolfmother Live in Concert

6 03 2007

Hey all (if anyone is really there!)…

As per my previous post on the subject, I went up to Edmonton on February 25th, 2007 to see a Wolfmother concert with my good friend, Clint.

Well, The Wolfmother show has come and gone and I was blown away. I have seen anywhere from 40-50 concerts in my life (so far), and I have to say that this show ranks in the top 5. They rocked from beginning to end with an energy that was infectious.

The show was general admission, and with the help of a good friend, we made it to within about 15 feet of the stage and had a pretty good view of the show. Aside from some large screens that the show was projected on, the light show was very basic, but that did nothing to detract from what was coming going on on the stage… and that was some old school Rock N’ Roll of a type that seems so very rare now…

Anyway, they started their set off with the song, Dimension and never looked back. Partway through the show the lead singer commented on playing in the World’s Largest Mall, and that he had seen a flamingo for the first time, and that it just happened to be in said mall. Then he toasted to the flamingo and continued on in to some more rock. A power trio, these boys from Australia sound like they’ve been doing this kinda’ thing for 20+ years.

A great show. If I get the opportunity, I would definitely see them again.

Next stop: Black Sabbath!!! (Yeah, yeah, I know: they’re using the name Heaven and Hell…but that doesn’t fool anyone).