From the Midnight Sun blog:
Contributor Evan Haga reviews Ozzy Osbourne's show Monday night at 1st Mariner Arena.
Wham City be damned: For three terrifically loud hours last night at a half-full 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore was a metal town again.
Ozzy OsbournePrince of Darkness, reality TV icon, advertising personalityplayed a 100-minute show that stretched back to his Black Sabbath days, covered 80s and 90s solo hits, and tossed in an obligatory new song for good measure.
You guessed it: Osbournes voice aint what it used to be, but a crack band featuring consistently jaw-dropping guitarist Gus G. pulled up the slack and the results were worth the tinnitus.
This was unapologetic metal, and, consequently, lots of fun: pyrotechnics, marathon drum solos on elevated platforms; Iron Man; Crazy Train; Paranoid; a well-used foam gun, and an opening set from another hard-rock icon, Rob Halford.
A full review to come later today.
Rob Halford setlist:
Resurrection Made in Hell Locked and Loaded Made of Metal Nailed to the Gun Fire and Ice Thunder and Lightning The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) ( Fleetwood Mac cover) Diamonds and Rust ( Joan Baez cover) Jawbreaker ( Judas Priest cover) Like Theres No Tomorrow Cyber World
Ozzy Osbourne setlist:
Bark at the Moon Let Me Hear You Scream Mr. Crowley I Dont Know Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath) Suicide Solution Road to Nowhere War Pigs (Black Sabbath) Fire in the Sky Shot in the Dark Guitar solo/Full-band jam/Drum solo Iron Man (Black Sabbath) I Dont Want to Change the World Crazy Train
Mama, Im Coming Home Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Evan Haga is a frequent Midnight Sun contributor, and the managing editor of JazzTimes. He last reviewed The Cult at Rams Head Live.