Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lollapalooza Week - Black Sabbath

Rarely do you get to see true pioneers in music. To be frank, Black Sabbath invented Heavy Metal. While credit can be spread out to a few more bands of the time, specifically, Led Zeppelin. No band has ever packaged the drudge and doom of metal quite like Black Sabbath.

From the horror filled lyrics to the tuned down guitar, the boys from Birmingham, England, quickly became the band of the 70s with a string of 6 ground-breaking albums. But don't take my word for it, Rod Halford of Judas Priest has called Black Sabbath, off their debut album, "the most evil song ever written."

While they can't match the hits of Zeppelin, or the Stones, or even the Who; their influence is unparalleled. You really can't go wrong with any of their albums BEFORE the departure of Ozzy in 1979. But, my favorite is Master of Reality.

Sadly, it's not the "reunion" that was originally billed, with Bill Ward not participating due to a contract dispute. However, it might be your last chance to see these guys, with all of them well into their 60s.

Black Sabbath plays the Bud Light stage on Friday, at 8pm.

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