The kings of heavy metal land in Massachusetts. The Prince of Darkness among them. After almost a year since I purchased the tickets, my dad and I were lucky enough to see Black Sabbath live Thursday night in Mansfield, MA at the Xfinity Center while on their final, goodbye “THE END” tour together and BOY…did they go out with a bang! Now even though traffic was terrible on the way down, parking was frustrating even with VIP parking (surprise, surprise) and I was cheap and bought lawn seats (not to mention being short), this was one of the most fun concerts I have ever been to.
When we finally arrived and finally found our VIP parking lot, I knew immediately this was going to be a unique show. I have been to a lot concerts, small shows, stadium shows, shows where there was moshing, shows where I sat the whole time (Fleetwood Mac….), but this was unlike any other. The people were what made this concert great (apart from Sabbath of course). They were people you would expect to be at a Black Sabbath concert. Leather jackets, ripped band shirts, bandannas, and a whole lot of cigarette smoke. We even spotted a heard of bikers approach. This set the tone for the show and it was great!
The next great event of this show was Rival Sons opening up, on the dot, 7:30pm. I am a huge Rival Sons fan. These guys play the music I love. They came out and ripped it. Ozzy…..you made a great choice in an opener (he hand picked the band)! Soulful and strong vocals, heavy and catchy riffs, groovy bass and heart pounding percussion. They have it all. Once they they finished their set………it was time……….!
The lights go out, the screen in the background shows a video of a blood soaked egg hatching and out comes what looks to be a demon. I looked over at my dad, slowly head nodding in approval….”yes..” I start hearing rain and thunder sounds and then finally….Ozzy appears, followed but Geezer and Tommy and they blast into the opening riffs for the song “Black Sabbath.” Song after song, heavier than ever! The whole crowd was headbanging, air guitar, and air drumming. The smell of cigarettes and…um…*cough* other substances in the air. This was great! I felt like I was seeing them back in the day. It was such a cool experience and I feel so lucky to see them before they are gone forever.
This concert got me thinking too. As my dad and I were driving home, he brought up a good point that these bands are fading away. It will not be long until it will be “The End” tour for any band that came out of the mid to late 60s and 70s. The music from that time period is timeless. It definitely is a very unique time in music. I do not think there has been any other time period where the music is as relevant today as it was back then. It is sad to think that when I have kids, I will not be able to bring them to concerts like Black Sabbath, Rush (most likely), Fleetwood Mac, etc. How many more years to the Rolling Stones REALLY have?
Black Sabbath really are the last of their kind. A lot of the bands from their era that are still around, are not touring. The band members may not even be making music together anymore and the music they are making…..isn’t really that great. Black Sabbath’s recent album “13” was amazing. Heavier than they have ever been. I believe a new Zeppelin album would be the same way but just like the others, they two no longer making music, let alone touring (C’mon guys! You know you want to!). Sabbath are the last remaining band of their time that are touring together and making music together with 3/4 of their original lineup. I cannot think of any band, of their caliber, touring and making music as good as it was when they started way back.
People like me, who really appreciate and respect that music of any band including Sabbath from that time period have responsibility to carry that passion on to our children because, as I said above, it is timeless, spans generations, and influenced most of the bands coming out today.
I felt so lucky Thursday night to see them and will always remember it for the reasons I laid out above. They are one of a kind. They are the last of their kind……..and, by the way, I am done buying lawn tickets.
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