With Ozzy Osbourne’s Recent World Tour Announcement, Ozzfest Was That Much More Special REVIEW+PHOTOS: OZZY OSBOURNE @ OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST 11/4/17
San Bernardino, CA- “Did you all have fun today? Are you ready to go f—king crazy?” Osbourne inquired, at the zenith of his headline performance before proceeding into quite possibly his most signature jam, “Crazy Train.” Osbourne’s setlist choice hasn’t seen any revamp, let alone huge changes over the years (seriously, what I would do to hear “Gets Me Through” and “Diary of a Madman” live), but still managed to captivate diehards with his signature sound on songs like “Mr Crowley,” “Paranoid,” “Bark at the Moon,” “No More Tears,” and Black Sabbath fan-favorite “War Pigs.”
Earlier this year, Osbourne announced he’d be hitting the road with his former guitarist Zakk Wylde. When together on stage, the pair is pretty magical. Wylde, who also fronts Black Label Society, is a beast of a guitar player and an absolute punisher as he wailed through cuts like “Suicide Solution” and got an extended moment to shine in a lengthy version of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” He also has the most glorious mane of flowing, long blonde hair.
Though Osbourne’s vocals weren’t the strongest, something he noted and contributed to the colder outdoor temperatures, the rest of his crew was on point. With Rob “Blasco” Nicholson on bass, drummer Tommy Clufetos (who also drummed on Black Sabbath’s “The End” tour in place of Bill Ward) and keys player Adam Wakeman, songs like “Iron Man,” “Mr. Crowley,” “Fairies Wear Boots” and “Crazy Train” were given a bit of an extra punch.
Though he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of doing some spot gigs here and there, considering that Ozzy recently announced that he plans on embarking on his final world tour- which is supposed to start next year and end in 2020- getting the opportunity to catch him at Ozzfest this year had a little more significance. There aren’t too many legendary hard rockers still slaying it on stage like Ozzy, and at 69, we hope that the Godfather of Heavy Metal will keep gracing the Ozzfest main stage for years to come.