BLACK SABBATH’s May 19th show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England, was the band’s first performance in their home city for the first time in thirteen years. The anxiously anticipated (partial) reunion featured guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Tommy Clufetos replacing original skinsman Bill Ward.
Butler commented after the show: “Thank you, thank you, thank you Birmingham. Best fans ever – you brought out the best in us. It was a privilege playing for you tonight. Tony was a hero – you were the best medicine he has had. Proud to be a Brummie.”
Black Sabbath’s set-list:
‘Into The Void’
‘Under The Sun’
‘Wheels Of Confusion’
‘Behind The Wall Of Sleep’
‘Fairies Wear Boots’
‘Lord Of This World’
‘Sweet Leaf’ (edit)
‘Symptom Of The Universe’ (edit)
‘Children Of the Grave’
‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ (edit)
Fan-filmed footage of the band in action can be seen below:
Some photos from the show have been posted HERE.
In related news, BLACK SABBATH have defended their decision to remove original drummer Bill Ward from photos on the main pages of their official website.
“At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward’s images from the main pages of the Blacksabbath.com official website. In accordance with Bill Ward’s attorney’s request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows.”