Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Bloodied angels fast descending \m/

"The closer you get to the meaning
The sooner you'll know that you're dreaming" - Heaven and Hell(1980), Black Sabbath

It was the 1st of May, four of us sabbath fans all geared up to go. The concert was in San Antonio, TX at 7:00 pm. We started from here about 4:00 pm clueless as to what was heading our way. The last thing you want, a thunderstorm, after about a 45 mile drive. Had to stop by a gas station for about 30 min as the visibility had become really poor. Then we started and drove pretty much above the speed limit due to the time crunch. By the time we reached the Verizon Wireless amphitheater, we were already an hour late. Machine Head and Megadeth were the supporting bands. We could hear "Peace Sells ... " being played, from the parking lot and being an ardent fan of Megadeth couldn't resist the temptation to make a dash for it. Well, unfortunately I tripped over a steel rope and had a nasty fall, nearly missing by balls, another thing being it was the last song by Megadeth for the night. So much for the run. Fortunately we made it in time for Sabbath to start.

The guitar riffs kicked in and Oh man! what a sound. It was great to hear these old geezers live especially the creative force behind the first metal band ever, Mr. Tomy Iommi himself. Metal never sounded so good and it takes you back to the late 70s and 80s when Metal was at it's peak, while mainstream grunge was rearing it's ugly head. Metal saw it's demise in the early 90s as Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Lar$ Ulrich(Metallica) and the rest of the lot ushered in an era of talent-free living. Well you people better watch out, Black Sabbath is coming for your filthy asses.

Coming back to the concert, Sabbath belted out classics like Heaven and Hell, Sign of the Southern Cross, Children of the sea, Lady Evil, Die Young with Neon Knights being the encore. RJD(Ronnie James Dio) was brilliant as the frontman. Every note that he hit was perfect and Iommi was awesome to say the least. He nailed all the riffs and the leads were great too especially the extended lead on "Heaven and Hell" where he turned the 6 1/2 min. song to a 9 min. monster with a jaw dropping solo.

The concert got over at about 11:00 and for about an hour I was having difficulty hearing to what my friends were talking. Well, it was a WALL OF SOUND.

Will post the pictures soon. Till then, \m/


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