Monday, December 23, 2013

BLACK SABBATH

22.12.2013 NIA Birmingham

2013 was a superb year for Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne as they circled the globe, playing in major venues across the world. Their latest album "13" has garnered three Grammy nominations and has made it to the top spot of the charts in over 10 countries.

Tonight Birmingham's biggest musical export (I guess Duran Duran won't be pleased to hear that) came home.

The show was superb and the boys didn't show their age at all. Full of energy and enthusiasm they commanded the crowd from the first note onward. Ozzy shouted numerous times: "I can't fu**ing hear you" but that was probably a sign of aging (lol) because the crowd was really awesome and very vocal indeed.

Sabbath was in top notch form, Ozzy's voice was there all the time as they played for a solid two hours and just watching Tony Iommi doing his magic on stage was magical.

Many "13" songs were played and they fitted in well with the classics, ranging from "War pigs" to "Black Sabbath" and, of course, "Fairies wear boots".

The most impressive thing about Sabbath, apart from the awesome backdrops and lighting effects, is that they still turn out new stuff, still deliver powerful songs and there is an honesty to the blokes on stage that transcends any notion of nostalgia.

A really powerful performance and a lovely pre- Christmas gift to ourselves.

Phot credit: Nicole Valentin





















Saturday, November 30, 2013

Barry Gibb - Mythology Tour

Barry Gibb - Mythology Tour
21.09.2013 LG Arena, Birmingham

My love for the Brothers Gibb aka The Bee Gees goes back to my childhood and way beyond their "Saturday Night Fever" era, for which they are perhaps best known and will be remembered for. I never had a chance to see them live and when Maurice Gibb died in 2003 and Robin Gibb in 2012 I didn't think that lone brother Barry Gibb, or, as he sees it:, "The last man standing" will tour again.

But apparently he did and this man is a living legend and he delivered from the first minute to the last. His voice is as spiritual and potent as it ever was and despite a palpable sadness and feeling of loss surrounding the gig, this was an amazing and awesome night.

The set-list included gems like "First of May", "How deep is your love", "You should be dancing", "How can you mend a broken heart" and even "I've gotta get a message to you" with a video insert of Robin singing his lines.

Videos, mostly private recordings, were featured heavily throughout the evening, adding to the feeling of longing to see the missing brothers.

Barry's oldest son and Maurice's daughter also perform on stage and Barry renders the awesome "Islands in the stream" and "Guilty" as duets with one of highly talented backing vocalists.

The whole evening was a blast and what I admired the most, apart from the unique and often times angelic voice of Barry Gibb,, was the musicianship the Bee Gees brought to their tunes.

Just an amazing evening!!