Thirty years ago, I would have be going to see Black Sabbath at the Felt Forum. Last week, I saw Heaven and Hell at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
In what was an interesting site, Sabbath fans had to navigate through the Britney Spears fans who were there to see her play the big Madison Square Garden. By the time I got in, I completely missed the opening band, Coheed and Cambria. On the bright side, they probably weren’t very good.
The stage was set up like the gates of hell. Eddie Trunk came out to introduce the group. The band came out dressed in black playing instrumental E5150 and going right into Mob Rules. The set was mostly filled with what you’d expect, which is cool, because I had never seen this lineup before. They sounded great, played a few songs off each albums. The new stuff totally holds up to the classics. They closed the set up by playing an eighteen minute Heaven and Hell, then came back out to play the first verse of Country Girl right in to Neon Knights and then back into the last few bars of Heaven and Hell.
Here’s the setlist (from memory, so may be slightly out of order):
Children of the Sea
Falling of the Edge of the World
Follow the Tears
Heaven and Hell
Country Girl/Neon Knights/Heaven and Hell