Black Sabbath played a celebrated return gig to their hometown of Birmingham on Saturday night, the iconic metal outfit's first home show in more than a dozen years, and was a proper precursor to the group's upcoming headline appearance at Download next month. Original Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were joined by Ozzy's drummer Tommy Clufetos. Read about the details of the drummer switch right here.
Rolling Stone reports much of the audience's focus was on guitarist Iommi, who still receiving treatment for lymphoma. Iommi was reportedly visibly moved by the outpouring of affection from the 3,000-plus capacity audience.
The show was a bit of a B-12 revitalizing boost for the Oz as well. "People say I sound like a Yank now," he said before War Pigs, "but I’m from England and fucking proud of it."
Here's footage of what you missed.