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Wembley 19th June

It was my first taste of Ozzy live and to me he didnt dissapoint.A bit of delay during War Pigs didnt take anything away from a great performance.War Pigs,Mr Crowley,Crazy Train and the rest of the favourites made for a good show that got better the more it went on.I liked the new tunes too.So while the fans at the front dodged the buckets of water and Ozzy dodged Zakk's gob ....... everywhere,everyone else just lapped it up......good on yer guys.

a full review was in the Standard (i hope no one minds me reproducing it,but really i couldnt have put it any better.)

Clown still wears the Rock Crown
By Chris Elwell-Sutton, Evening Standard 20.06.07

His TV show may have made him even richer, but the mainstream view of Ozzy Osbourne as a bumbling TV clown has damaged his rightful legacy as a rock pioneer. To the frenzied fans who packed Wembley last night, Ozzy was no joke, but a hero. And they had a point.
Osbourne's time with Black Sabbath saw him establish heavy metal as we know it, selling 70 million records into the bargain. And after nearly 40 years in the business, the Birmingham-born hellraiser is still attracting new fans, a feat acknowledged by the Icon award he won at this week's Mojo Awards.
Clips of his TV tomfoolery flashed up on screens before his arrival, but the crowd - predominantly male and ranging from grizzled old rockers and tattooed Hell's Angel types to skinny young teenagers in even skinnier jeans - didn't want Ozzy the comedian. They wanted Ozzy the rock god.
Sporting a majestic mane of hair, his trademark eyeliner, and a bit of a paunch, he shrieked: "Are you ready to go f***in' crazy?" The answer was a resounding yes, and the crowd's reward was a wild rendition of his 1983 hit, Bark At The Moon.
Widespread air-guitar-playing broke out as his unmistakably eerie voice cut through the roar of the guitars. As the crowd screamed out the chorus, it was clear that for them, Ozzy could do no wrong.
Technically, Osbourne certainly did do a few things wrong. But with the exception of the slightly ropey power ballad, Road To Nowhere, none of his songs were spoiled by his inability to hit all the notes correctly.
He was backed up by the brilliant guitar skills and stage presence of long-time collaborator, Zakk Wylde, whose group, Black Label Society, provided support and whose huge hair, studded guitar strap and theatrical movements brought to mind a Dungeons & Dragons character.
Indeed, there was a gloriously cartoon-like quality to the whole show whose highlight for me was the gritty abandon of War Pigs and which ended, unsurprisingly, with the Black Sabbath classic, Paranoid.
Don't ask me how or why, but the Prince of Darkness has still got it.


Just to add to this post -
I agree with all said, both by the poser and the 'Evening Standard'.

Ozzy is and always will be, even after his dimise (not for many many moons yet), be the god or rock.
I've enjoyed this guy (live) since 1980, when i first went to the 'Blizzard of Oz' gog at the Kings Hall in Stoke-On-Trent. With a (fraudulent) ticket. I didn't know at the time and had to purchase a real one (£3.00).

Of course this was one of the few gigs featuring the great, late Randy Rhodes. (God Bless Him and His Family)

Sinse then i've managed to catch him on more than a 'few' occasions live.
All these years Ozzy has given me more that just music. He;s given me a solid belief in myself. Whenever the hard life gives me grief, i put on an Ozzy Album which ALWYAS makes me feel special and brings out the rebel in me (all of us).

Last nights gig was only spolit (in my opinion) by the poor sound system. I know Ozzy and the band can still sound much better. Lighting was 100% and the clinical organisation didn't reall spoil it. I'm sure i saw in Ozzy's face a little dissapointment and i think this was done the the poor sound in the arena.

The 'pre gig' video was funny and the intro 'O Fortuna' makes my hair stnad on end every time i hear it. It's a shame Ozzy didn't do more tracks from the new album 'Balck Rain' as it's one of the best he's done for years (as close to Blizzard he's done).

All in all - a great concert from 'THE' rock god. - Gob Bless you Ozzy - Your a Good, Honest and genuine Man.

God Bless - Andy

PS. I drove from Newcastle-Under-Lyme to London and back and still turned up at work on time :-)

I have been a fan of Ozzy's now for some years and Tuesday night was the first time i have seen him live and to be honest i thought it was F***in brilliant and i can not wait for the next one, I am hoping he is going to do some dates next year as it will be his fortieth anniversary.

sound was shocking for headspace and black label society...i was shocked by the sound quality of such established artists...the ozzy set was great dispate the dodgy vocal levels at the beginning...i was pretty upset i couldnt enjoy black label society which i was really looking forward to...shame on you shoddy sound guys.....

Great concert, loved it, I myself, just like AndyJay in an earlier post, have followed Ozzy since 1980, I saw him with Randy Rhoads at Hull City Hall on 18/10/80 , and I've followed him ever since, sometimes he's been great , sometimes not so great, but the other night at Wembley was brilliant. OK his voice cracked a few times but so what, he still gave it his all, and the atmosphere was probably one of the best I've known at any gig. Roll on Brum on 6th July.
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