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1  Forum / General Discussions / Re: THANK YOU ALL! SEE YOU AT OZZFEST 2011! on: March 02, 2011, 05:29:55 pm
While returning home from an Ozzy show in Florida, some German dude at the airport said Slash had posted on his blog: "See you at Ozzfest 2011." I haven't taken the time to check but it got me hopeful anyway.

(BTW, what's up with this Darkblade chick? You know, the one who thinks Sabbath songs don't count as Sabbath songs if they were released on Speak of the Devil. By that logic, half the Blizzard album should be called Living Loud songs. *rolls eyes* In Montreal, Ozzy & the band performed Paranoid, War Pigs, Iron Man, Rat Salad, Fairies Wear Boots, N.I.B., and Into the Void. Most of us would call that 7 Sabbath songs. I don't know how many that counts for in your world where you say you're their number one fan but bash them continuously here and on other sites. What a lunatic!)
2  Forum / General Discussions / Best Album 2009 on: December 30, 2009, 12:29:54 am
By far, my best for 2009 is THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.

I'm not surprised people have mentioned that one already.

Voivod - Infini is great too... thrash pioneers but not well known in the US, huge in Europe and Canada.
3  Forum / General Discussions / Diary of a Madman on: April 18, 2008, 12:06:18 pm
My two cents...

The album version of this song was used as the taped intro for shows on the Diary of a Madman tour in 1982.

The only time Ozzy ever sang this song live was on a few dates of the Ozzfest 2000 tour, with Joe Holmes on guitar.
4  Forum / General Discussions / Testament vocalist confirms tour with Judas Priest, H&H, Motorhead... on: April 07, 2008, 05:28:19 pm
This is AWESOME news! What a loaded line-up. I saw H&H four times last year and Iommi ruled the universe.

Yes, I will still be attending Ozzfest again this year even though there's no way they can come close to this line-up.
5  Forum / General Discussions / Am I the ONLYone who likes Lordi??? on: September 06, 2007, 08:09:32 pm
Before traveling to Ozzfest, I heard some Lordi at a friend's house. I found the music to be basic, theatrical, classic rock style, a little cheesy but amusing, very polished production and very melodic. Although it's not for everyone, I liked it. It somehow struck me as music that would be more liked by Europeans than Americans.

When I arrived at Ozzfest, I went to a booth where you get free ticket upgrades if you buy a CD. They had 20th row tickets so I looked at the CDs. All were $20 except Lordi's was $15. I chose the Lordi CD because it was one that I would at least play once in a while - and $15 for a CD and two 20th row seats was a decent deal to me.

When I examined the CD I noticed that, not only did it cost $5 less than the others but it had three bonus tracks, plus a bonus DVD, plus it was signed by all the band members. It was quite impressive.

Whether you like them or not, you have to give these guys credit. Little things like this mean a lot to the fans. By comparison, I bought the Japanese version of Black Rain to get two bonus tracks and It cost $30. Hmmm...

If you want to say you don't like Lordi, that's fine with me. If you want to come out and pompously announce "Lordi sucks", then I might say you are mistaking your own opinion for fact.
6  Forum / Ozzy / do you like ozzy with sabbath better or ozzy solo? on: August 21, 2007, 04:43:04 pm
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With Sabbath, there hasn't been anything new in 30 years? Nope. It was in 1997 that they performed Lord of This World for the first time. It was in 1998 that They performed Spiral Architect, a song they had not played since 1975. It was in 2001 that they performed their new, unreleased song Scary Dreams. It was in 2005 that Sabbath performed Sleeping Village, a song they had never performed live before.
To clarify, I meant new material, not 30 year old songs that they were just getting around to playing. I suppose when you get to be Ozzy's age and done the things to himself that he's done then you might need to stick to the same thing over and over.

Ahhh, that's well put. I still thought we were talking about the songs included in the setlist... but we are now talking about new compositions.

Yes, it's true: Since Ozzy has re-joined Black Sabbath, they have given us a grand total of 3 new songs in the last ten years: Psycho Man, Selling my Soul, and Scary Dreams (unreleased). I blame this lack of production on Ozzy's management for focusing on promotion rather than the music. If I had to guess the list of priorities Ozzy's management had set for him, it might look something like this:

1- Promotions (TV shows, special appearances, etc.)
2- Ozzy Solo Concerts
3- Ozzy solo recording
4- Sabbath concerts
5- Everything else
6- Sabbath recording

Ozzy will do lenthy solo tours outside of Ozzfest - but he has done less than 20 Sabbath shows outside Ozzfest in the last 8 years. It seems Ozzy's people have zero interest in Black Sabbath unless they are using the band to sell Ozzfest.

Like I said, I blame Ozzy's management for the lack of new Sabbath material. Meanwhile, Geezer has been putting his witty lyrics into his solo albums and Iommi has been doing the same with his riffs & solos. Let's face it: Ozzy's lack of commitment to the band has once again caused him to be replaced by Ronnie James Dio. A huge anount of credibility and prestige comes with the position of vocalist in that band - no matter the name. Hopefully, the Heaven and Hell phenomenon will pressure Ozzy into reclaiming his throne and commiting to the band. A new album by the original Sabbath would be the biggest release in rock history - but there was never any interest from the Ozzy camp in making that happen. Then, when the Heaven and Hell announcement was made, within 24 hours Ozzy's people issued a press release saying Ozzy was going to make new new record with Sabbath. I found it sad that the biggest news of the rock world would come out as a cheap, retaliatory attempt to steal the glory from Heaven and Hell. Such an announcement should have been given the dignity, respect and huge publicity it deserved.

What about the sessions with Rick Rubin? They were abandoned. If Ozzy had died in that quad-bike accident, the news would have said: "Rock God spends last days scooping poop on MTV for the amusement of non-fans while new Sabbath album lies unfinished." I don't think I could have endured anything like that.

In the end, I will still do whatever I can to catch the Ozzy or Sabbath show. Last week was my 25th time seeing Ozzy live (19 solo, 6 Sabbath) and I am still grateful for every show - as well as all the fine solo albums by the Sabbath members over the past few years. I just did not expect that Ozzy re-joining Sabbath would mean the end of their recording career.
7  Forum / Ozzy / do you like ozzy with sabbath better or ozzy solo? on: August 21, 2007, 07:33:22 am
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To those who say we still get sabbath tunes with Ozzy solo, well, what kind of Sabbath stuff do we REALLY get? Two songs? The truth is that I would much rather hear heavy Sabbath stuff like Into the Void, After Forever, Electric Funeral or Children of the Grave than the ballads Ozzy is playing now: Here for You, Road to Nowhere and Mama I'm Coming Home.
More like about half his set. Year after year it's the same whether it's with Sabbath or solo. War Pigs, Iron Man, Paranoid, Children of The Grave. He repeats more than he ever changes. I've seen both and just prefer solo more. Every once in a while he actually throws in a new song. With Sabbath there hasn't been anything new for what...30 years.

Half his set? Nope. Ozzy solo has not played any Sabbath other than Paranoid and War Pigs for the last two years. Yes, it's true, Ozzy's setlist includes two new songs from Black Rain this year. This is the first time Ozzy has given us something new in the set list since he first unveiled three Down to Earth tracks on the Merry Mayhem tour of fall 2001. Ozzy also surprised us with a live version of Diary of a Madman on some Ozzfest 2000 dates but, before that, you have to go back to 1995 for two new songs from Ozzmosis: Perry Mason and I Just Want You.

With Sabbath, there hasn't been anything new in 30 years? Nope. It was in 1997 that they performed Lord of This World for the first time. It was in 1998 that They performed Spiral Architect, a song they had not played since 1975. It was in 2001 that they performed their new, unreleased song Scary Dreams. It was in 2005 that Sabbath performed Sleeping Village, a song they had never performed live before.

I guess I'm trying to say that, as much as I love Ozzy, he seems to insist on predictable setlists for his own band as well as Sabbath.

Heaven and Hell (Dio Sabbath), on the other hand, has a setlist that is fresh, high quality and interesting. I'll be seeing them for the fourth time this September... but that's a discussion for another board.
8  Forum / Ozzy / do you like ozzy with sabbath better or ozzy solo? on: August 13, 2007, 06:48:37 pm
To me, there is no question - SABBATH by a mile.

To those who say we still get sabbath tunes with Ozzy solo, well, what kind of Sabbath stuff do we REALLY get? Two songs? The truth is that I would much rather hear heavy Sabbath stuff like Into the Void, After Forever, Electric Funeral or Children of the Grave than the ballads Ozzy is playing now: Here for You, Road to Nowhere and Mama I'm Coming Home.

Seeing the original band is better than seeing only Ozzy with his hired hands. ALL of Sabbath is better than 1/4 of Sabbath. No offence to the fine players in Ozzy's band.

IOMMI always was (and still is) the star of that band anyway. All the Ozzy fanboys can flame me for saying that. I don' care. This summer will be my 25th time seeing Ozzy live, so I'm far from being anti-Ozzy. There just happens to be two other rockers I like just as much as Ozzy: Iommi and Dio. Yep, I like Tony Iommi and Ronnie James Dio just as much as I like Ozzy. I guess that makes me a weirdo around here doesn't it? Oh well. You can't expect EVERYBODY to want to hear I Don't Want to Change the World and Bark at the Moon year after year after year, even though they are great songs.

I must say I don't want to bash those who likes a more commercial /polished  brand of metal. I just like when Ozzy does the heavier Sabbath stuff - with the heavier original Black Sabbath.

The same goes for Dio: MUCH heavier with Sabbath (or Heaven and Hell) than he was solo. No matter how great his guitarist happened to be, Iommi was just more sinister and satisfying to me.
9  Forum / General Discussions / Possible bands for next year? on: August 08, 2007, 06:10:41 pm
Who knows? These things are so unpredictable. I would like...
Black Sabbath
Judas Priest
Rob Zombie
Motorhead
Disturbed
Stone Sour
Alice Cooper
Godsmack
Voivod
Megadeth
BLS
Velvet Revolver
Iced Earth

... but, realistically, I'm just expecting to spend most of the day being disappointed by one "up-and-coming" band after another. At least I'll get Sabbath or Ozzy, which is good enough for me, anyway.
10  Forum / Ozzy / OZZY'S SETLIST... PAY ATTENTION! on: August 08, 2007, 11:33:26 am
Thanks for your input!
11  Forum / General Discussions / Hartford on: August 05, 2007, 12:38:52 pm
The Hartford venue is not one of those middle-of-nowhere amphitheatres. It's rIght downtown. It can be that hard to get there can it? I feel for you, dude but it could be worse. I have to drive there all the way from Montreal. Do you have any idea how much the gas and hotel are going to cost me? Yikes!

I hope you make it, man. A little time, money and creativity should do the trick - if it's really important enough to you.

Good luck.
12  Forum / Ozzy / OZZY'S SETLIST... PAY ATTENTION! on: August 05, 2007, 12:32:15 pm
Dear fellow Ozzy fans,

As you may know, earlier this year, fans from all across Russia and Europe had been posting the list of songs Ozzy has played at each show over at ozzy.com. It was interesting to see which songs were dropped or added. It was nice to see the occasional changes from city to city and speculate which songs Ozzy might sing when he plays in our area. It also enabled us to see how Ozzy's voice and health were holding up - if he has had to shorten any shows.

But, now that Ozzy has begun touring the US, the setlist postings have stopped. Isn't anyone paying attention?

If YOU have taken note of Ozzy's setlist in your area, please let the rest of us know which city and which songs Ozzy played. Some of us would be quite grateful if you did.

Thanks!
13  Forum / General Discussions / BLACK TIDE is on ozzfest! on: August 03, 2007, 06:13:54 pm
I don't mind this addition at all. There are already more than enough bands for those who like those grunting coockie-monster vocals. This band sounds more traditional but, most of all, they sound different than the other bands. I will take the time to check them out.

Did I expect more than this as a replacement for Circus Diablo? Well, I didn't really know what to expect. I'm one of those weirdos who would have rather seen Mondo Generator than Devil Driver again - but I guess I'm just old-school.

AND I still would rather PAY for my ticket and get more big-name acts on the bill. You know, Judas Priest, Rob Zombie, Tool, Motorhead, or whatever else you like.
14  Forum / General Discussions / Wondering about Zakk on: July 26, 2007, 12:15:10 pm
Fans in the Boston area were probably thrilled to learn Heaven and Hell was headlining the Locobazooka festival on Sep. 9. With other bands like Alice Cooper, Queensryche, BLS, Shadows Fall, Adema, Godhead and others, I thought this was shaping up much better than Ozzfest. The trouble is; BLS was removed from the band list only days after being announced.

It kind of made me wonder if the Ozzy camp made Zakk back out of appearing at the Heaven and Hell show. They wouldn't do something like that, would they?

Any comments?
15  Forum / General Discussions / Im suprised no one has aked this.... on: July 13, 2007, 04:18:13 pm
This summer will be my 25th time seeing Ozzy live. I would find it hilarious of somebody half my age told me I didn't belong just because I don't have any tattoos.

Who the hell thinks they can say who should or should not be there?

In 2003, there was an old lady sitting by herself next to me. She said she just came to the fest because she heard Ozzy was special and she was curious enough to spend the money and come see for herself. I applaud the courage and open-mindedness of that old lady. Too bad  some metalheads can't be equally open-minded towards others.

Sure, I'm in my 40's now. I don't have long hair anymore, I have short hair. I have no earring anymore. I have no tattoos. I have no piecings on my face. I don't wear spikes. I don't walk around trying to look heavier than anybody else.

You think I'm not metal enough for you?

You can wear the metal shirt you bought at Hot Topic. I'll be wearing the shirt I bought at the Ozzy or Sabbath show 25 years ago - or any of their other tours since then.
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