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Early Review: Ozzy Osbourne

From the Midnight Sun blog:

Contributor Evan Haga reviews

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Ozzy Osbourne

's show Monday night at

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1st Mariner Arena
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.

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 Osbourne—Prince of Darkness, reality TV icon, advertising personality—played a 100-minute show that stretched back to his

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Black Sabbath
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days, covered ’80s and ’90s solo hits, and tossed in an obligatory new song for good measure.

You guessed it: Osbourne’s voice ain’t 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 There’s No Tomorrow 

Cyber World

Ozzy Osbourne setlist:

Bark at the Moon 

Let Me Hear You Scream 

Mr. Crowley 

I Don’t 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 Don’t Want to Change the World 

Crazy Train

Encore:

Mama, I’m 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.

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