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Black Sabbath
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

I had been looking forward to this show for a long time and it was better than I expected. Everyone sounded really good and Ozzy looked much, much better than last time I saw him. My biggest complaint was there wasn’t anything interesting in the show. If you are the type of person that wants a show to sound *exactly* like the album you’ve listened to hundreds of times, this was the show for you!

Black Sabbath at Shoreline Amphitheatre

The show started off promising. Ozzy’s voice was strong on War Pigs and Into the Void even had a little bit of a jam while Tony and Geezer played off of each other’s riffs. For me, this was the highlight of the show. I swear Snowblind was identical the album version and they might as well have been lip syncing except for Ozzy’s constant repetition “show me your fucking hands” between every verse. The new material was engaging and they seemed to really enjoy playing it.

The drum solo was excruciating.

Set List:
War Pigs
Into the Void
Under the Sun ->
Every Day Comes and Goes
Age of reason
Black Sabbath
Behind the Wall of Sleep  ->
Bassically ->
End of the Beginning
Fairies Wear Boots
Rat Salad >
Iron Man
God is Dead
Dirty Women
Children of the Grave
E: Paranoid

Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals (and playing the role of Ozzy)
Tony Iommi – Guitar
Geezer Butler – Bass
Tommy Clufetos – Drums


Slim’s, San Francisco, CA

I first heard of, and saw, Reignwolf, AKA Jordon Cook, when I stumbled across his set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last year. The act blew me away and I was excited to see him listed at Slim’s. Reignwolf definitely falls on the hardly side of HSB as they sound like a mix of the White Stripes and Led Zeppelin. After his set at Slim’s the other night, I now know how he was selected for the HSB line-up. When they asked if he played bluegrass he said, “Sure, I play mandolin” and simply neglected to mention that by “playing” he meant “use it as a slide.”

Reignwolf at Slim’s. Click for more photos.

For the first couple of songs, he was just him. But “just him” is a bit of an understatement as he sings, plays guitar and a kick-drum all at the same time. He was then joined but another guitar player who played the bass part and a drummer. Throughout the set he switched between guitar, mando, and bass. The set itself was surprisingly short only about 50 minutes including a two song encore. For a $15 show with two acts, I guess it’s not that bad.

The opening act, Black Cobra Vipers, didn’t leave much of an impression on me. I do remember them starting to tell a story, pausing while looking a bit confused and then adding, “it’s pauses like this that make a 45 minute set.”

Set list:

No idea but it rocked.

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

Now that’s some posing!

Scorpions at Shoreline Amphitheatre

Scorpions at Shoreline Amphitheatre

The entire show seemed blocked like a stage production with the guitarists running around the stage to take pre-assigned spots to contort themselves around their instruments, do whatever that heavy metal rocking band-and-forth thing is called, or climb all over equipment. Now that everyone has a camera in her/his pocket they paired, tripled, and in this case quadrupled up so people in the front rows could get good photos.

I was in on a $20 lawn ticket. The seats were packed and the lawn was full but not crowded. With such cheap tickets and what I think is their last tour, I’m surprised they didn’t sell out.

I did recognize some songs but what really surprised me was the number of ballads. I enjoyed the rockin’ stuff but the ballads made me long for hair metal bands. I guess, ummmm, every rose has its thorn but this show just had a good half-dozen in the middle of the set. Other than that, it was fun.

Shoba would have had a good time.