Three quarters of the original SABBATH line-up returned to their old stomping grounds of Orange County, California last night. I underestimated how many of the devoted would turn out for a show on a Wednesday night as it was nearly a sell out with people making the pilgrimage from near and far.
As the house lights went down, the sound of the sirens signaled that “War Pigs” would be the night’s opening song. Even from right outside the amphitheater, the absolute heaviness could be felt.
To nobody’s surprise, the band’s set focused on the first three records, Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Master of Reality. While you can’t question the love the masses have for SABBATH, it is a safe assumption that the majority do not spend much time with Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, or Sabotage, and would quickly complain if the band started playing “obscure” tracks such as “The Writ” or “Tomorrow’s Dreams.” One gem from Vol. 4 did make the set in the form of “Under the Sun.” They also performed three songs from the solid reunion album, 13.