Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne in Rīga

Written by: Bad English
Published: 19.12.2007
Introduction

So, I arrived in Rīga at 18:00, the show starts 19:30, it's just one hour, maybe slightly less, to get there. When I got there I was pissed of by the security guards' rude attitude towards me because of some unknown reason (seems he didn't like my nose), but in th end I give them my chain and get into arena. I had about 30 minutes or so until the show started and I just drank one beer and looked around, saw some faces I knew there. I just stood and looked at the people, all different kinds of Ozzy fans and simple people gathered there in one place. Only at a concert can you see so much of the "dark side" of society all in one place.

So 10 minutes before show starts I take my seat and wait ...

Black Label Society:

Before I start I should say that it was the first time I heard this band (before I knew only 3-4 songs) and so I can't give you a set list but I know there was Suicide Messiah. Before the band came out on stage there was some playing and a warm up, and a very huge banner/flag with Skull and BLS logo cover a stage; the band started playing at 19:30 right on time (there was no warm up band) after playing for one or two minutes the banner fell down and the crowd exploded. I don't know what to say about the songs but the quality of music was very good, it was almost like in the studio. Zakk Wylde with his attitude and beer drinking life style was amazing; I didn't count how much beer he and the other band members drank in concert but it was a lot of bottles of beer (but it didn't make the show bad). There are southern rock/blues/metal elements in the music and Zakk looks more like a Viking and Scandinavian biker, not an American guy. Maybe that was why the show was so good, it was simple and primitive. We didn't need anything more elaborate. The band played for just under one hour.

Ozzy:

Before Ozzy came out there was a 10-15 min break, the staff changed the drums and put keyboards on stage and then...
The arena was full with many more people than watched BLS play and the crowd was so crazy, they just exploded when they saw Ozzy. He walked across the stage and then started singing. Most of the songs were from 80s/90s albums + one of Black Rain and Paranoid. The TV series "The Osbornes" was totally bullshit: I saw him live, and of course he isn't like he was when he was 20, but he is much better than he was shown on TV. His singing wasn't as good as on a CD, but quality was very good, the instruments were also good. Ozzy also said something after every song, you know those things that he s always says like: ''I love you, God bless you all!'' and when you hear it in real life it's like being in a dream, not reality, but at the same time it wasn't anything strange. Any weird feelings disappeared after the first 2 songs, and then the time went so fast. The last song was "Paranoid" and it was one of the not so good vocal parts; Ozzy somehow couldn't sing it like on the CD, it helped to recognise the song if you knew the lyrics. Other songs, even from "Black Rain" were easier to understand.

Set List:

01. Bark at the Moon
02. Mr. Crowley
03. Not Going Away
04. Flying High Again
05. Road to Nowhere
06. Suicide Solution (w/ Zakk Wylde solo)
07. I Don't Know
08. Here for You
09. No More Tears
10. I Don't Want to Change the World
11. Mama, I'm Coming Home
12. Crazy Train
13. Paranoid

Conclusion:

I was almost near exit when he play "Paranoid" so I didn't see what happened after it, and didn't hear what he said. I just left the Arena at 21:45 and had to run very fast, buy 2 beers to drink on the train and caught it with 2 minutes to spare (22:20) I got on the train without a ticket, (I bought it on the train ) but that's another other story....


 
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Bad English - 19.12.2007 at 22:44  
Thank's hanna and baraley for helping whit gremmer
Stalker - 19.12.2007 at 23:12  
Written by Bad English on 19.12.2007 at 22:44

Thank's hanna and baraley for helping whit gremmer

Hahahah, I wanted to ask you who wrote, but now I see.
Anyway, great man!! Although I dont recognize you in this stile hahaha
Nicely written.
Bad English - 19.12.2007 at 23:14  
Written by Stalker on 19.12.2007 at 23:12

Written by Bad English on 19.12.2007 at 22:44

Thank's hanna and baraley for helping whit gremmer

Hahahah, I wanted to ask you who wrote, but now I see.
Anyway, great man!! Although I dont recognize you in this stile hahaha
Nicely written.


No way i wrote my self, but
I wrote for examle Zack
thay Zakk

get it

Thank's
Stalker - 19.12.2007 at 23:20  
Written by Bad English on 19.12.2007 at 23:14

No way i wrote my self, but
I wrote for examle Zack
thay Zakk

get it

Thank's

I get it man, dont worry, but when I saw "Zakk looks more like a Viking and Scandinavian biker, not an American guy" I know you would writte "Zakk looks more Scandinavian HOW American" hahahah
Anyway, I liked your style, haha its interesting, you should do this more often!
Bad English - 19.12.2007 at 23:46  
Written by Stalker on 19.12.2007 at 23:20

Written by Bad English on 19.12.2007 at 23:14

No way i wrote my self, but
I wrote for examle Zack
thay Zakk

get it

Thank's

I get it man, dont worry, but when I saw "Zakk looks more like a Viking and Scandinavian biker, not an
Anyway, I liked your style, haha its interesting, you should do this more often!


Ok by me comncert ticket, pay for hotel I go to concerts ou yes + send me something like sljivovice to warm up in cold winte rnight
Stalker - 19.12.2007 at 23:50  
Written by Bad English on 19.12.2007 at 23:46


Ok by me comncert ticket, pay for hotel I go to concerts ou yes + send me something like sljivovice to warm up in cold winte rnight

OK, you pay the plane/train ticket to Serbia, and Ill pay the rest
Bad English - 19.12.2007 at 23:51  
Written by Stalker on 19.12.2007 at 23:50

Written by Bad English on 19.12.2007 at 23:46


Ok by me comncert ticket, pay for hotel I go to concerts ou yes + send me something like sljivovice to warm up in cold winte rnight

OK, you pay the plane/train ticket to Serbia, and Ill pay the rest


Yes but I need visa go there
when you be in EU?
Stalker - 19.12.2007 at 23:52  
Written by Bad English on 19.12.2007 at 23:51

Written by Stalker on 19.12.2007 at 23:50

Written by Bad English on 19.12.2007 at 23:46


Ok by me comncert ticket, pay for hotel I go to concerts ou yes + send me something like sljivovice to warm up in cold winte rnight

OK, you pay the plane/train ticket to Serbia, and Ill pay the rest


Yes but I need visa go there
when you be in EU?

I dont know man, they're fucking us all the time, seems we will be in EU in 2050's hahaha
iaberis - 20.12.2007 at 00:40  
Nice review, although I've seen the unedited version! The original was better! xD
more kvlt how this
duyhung - 20.12.2007 at 00:47  
Nice review, K7 , and yes, 'The Osbournes' series is totally crappy
Bararey - 20.12.2007 at 06:04  
Congratulations L7 on your first review

Written by iaberis on 20.12.2007 at 00:40

Nice review, although I've seen the unedited version! The original was better! xD
more kvlt how this


It barely changed from the original, only grammar and spelling mistakes were corrected
^Necrolust^ - 20.12.2007 at 10:23  
good work!
Lupas - 20.12.2007 at 13:12  
Nice review When i start reading this i wonder where are the so called " K7 words" but at the end there was a note in the comments that explain it.
This is a great thing, MS members helping each other

K7 keep up the good work , maybe one day you could be one of the staff here
Bad English - 20.12.2007 at 13:18  
Written by Lupas on 20.12.2007 at 13:12

Nice review When i start reading this i wonder where are the so called " K7 words" but at the end there was a note in the comments that explain it.
This is a great thing, MS members helping each other

K7 keep up the good work , maybe one day you could be one of the staff here


Thank's man

Hhehehe I do what I shood do
Warman - 20.12.2007 at 17:56  
Doesn't Ozzy suck bad live these days?
Bad English - 20.12.2007 at 20:06  
Written by Warman on 20.12.2007 at 17:56

Doesn't Ozzy suck bad live these days?


No he dosnt he still kick ass
There are more sucky bands
If I see Bullet for my Valantine live i start puke
Lucas - 22.12.2007 at 12:55  
Nice setlist, nice review man.
Bad English - 22.12.2007 at 15:38  
Written by Lucas on 22.12.2007 at 12:55

Nice setlist, nice review man.


Thank's
addiction - 18.02.2008 at 18:58  
you know i actually liked this...:) it was a really good read although Ozzy and BLS are not my thing. and please continue with your story about you not buying a ticket...:P

btw it is weird to read this without like a million mistakes in every line...but you can still tell its you...:)
Bad English - 18.02.2008 at 19:02  
Written by addiction on 18.02.2008 at 18:58

you know i actually liked this...:) it was a really good read although Ozzy and BLS are not my thing. and please continue with your story about you not buying a ticket...:P

btw it is weird to read this without like a million mistakes in every line...but you can still tell its you...:)


Thank's and no I didnt bought a ticket :p
I get it for free

Alos I wrote all story and Hanna and Baralay look for mistaces
addiction - 18.02.2008 at 19:25  
i thought the story about you and the ticket would be more interesting...:P

and i knew somebody helped you with spelling...:) because if it was you that wrote that thing, the world would probably turn upside down...
Bad English - 18.02.2008 at 19:28  
Written by addiction on 18.02.2008 at 19:25

i thought the story about you and the ticket would be more interesting...:P

and i knew somebody helped you with spelling...:) because if it was you that wrote that thing, the world would probably turn upside down...


Well Its a sicret :p
Xaxaxaxaxaxa man ipside down
addiction - 18.02.2008 at 19:30  
i am telling you man! when you start writing properly the world will change!!! it will be the second coming!!!
Bad English - 18.02.2008 at 19:35  
Written by addiction on 18.02.2008 at 19:30

i am telling you man! when you start writing properly the world will change!!! it will be the second coming!!!


I know man I know
BTW I didnt went watch greek band comeing here member Sakis are Xanomia
Talvi - 18.03.2008 at 18:01  
Written by iaberis on 20.12.2007 at 00:40

Nice review, although I've seen the unedited version! The original was better! xD
more kvlt how this


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