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OZZY Osbourne - Hartwall Areena, Helsinki 09.09.2010

Ozzy will make you wet

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ozzy osbourne Ozzy Osbourne. There is hardly anything or anyone more metal than this guy. He doesn’t need any introduction; it’s certain that even your non-metal parents know who Ozzy is. That’s why the significance of his solo concert in Helsinki on the 9th of September is pretty much self-explanatory. Every heavy metal fan found it proper to be at Hartwall Areena that night and pay homage to one of the godfathers of their favourite music genre. Although keeping in mind Ozzy’s age and general state, one couldn’t keep their hopes too high. The set-list from the previous night in Sweden was very promising, yet I was only hoping that he will go through the show without crumbling into dust.

Strictly on schedule, at 9pm we heard a familiar voice coming out of nowhere above still an empty stage. The voice was chanting something that reminded me of a football chant and was instantly took up by the crowd. A moment later the stage was lit with bright light and none other than the Prince of Fucking Darkness rose in front of our eyes. Speaking of the light, it was done perfectly, reflecting the supposedly “spooky” atmosphere of the show. Light-gray shimmering backdrop seemed quite simple; you would expect more from Ozzy’s stage set. However, once the light-tech started his work, the backdrop reflected all the lights directed at it, creating a rattling good impression.

Without any further ado Ozzy started the show with “Bark At The Moon”. Surprisingly enough, on stage Osbourne was exactly the opposite of what many people would imagine him to be. He is far from a shaking mummy, he is alive and he’s even got the energy to move around the stage! Of course, he is not the Ozzy he was in the 80’s and his vocals are also not as good, but still on an unexpectedly decent level. Yet no matter what, he still can get the crowd going, he still can sing, he is still breathing!

Even though the current tour is done in support of Ozzy’s latest release “Scream”, the set-list consisted of compositions from Osbourne’s solo career from the 80’s – early 90’s together with some of the Sabbath’s hit songs. ozzy osboune And only at the beginning of the show the freshly-made “Let Me Hear You Scream” was performed, to the chorus of which Ozzy lively jumped at the mic-stand. This was followed by an aerobics lesson started from “Mr. Crowley” and continued through the rest of the show, when Osbourne shouted “Let me see your hands!” and thousands of hands were instantly waving in the air.

During the whole gig Ozzy was happily pouring some wet foam out of a hosepipe over the people standing in the front, probably so that they could be sure they are not dreaming. Just in case this wasn’t enough, closer to the end of the concert Ozzman poured three buckets of water on them, first dipping his head into one. I suppose it’s a good thing that this show didn’t take place during wintertime. And maybe pouring water on the audience might be considered as oh-so-last-century by some, it’s Ozzy fucking Osbourne we’re talking about, he’s allowed to do whatever he likes, without him last century might even have had a different ending.

In general I got an impression that I attended an exciting lecture, done by one of the most authoritative professors in the field. Provided that the lecture was on the history of the formation of heavy music and the said professor was Ozzy Osbourne. The show went by in the best traditions of heavy metal and in this was its grandeur, because that’s exactly how it all began long time ago. Ozzy didn’t bite the head off a seagull (which would be the Finnish version of a bat); he constantly repeated that he loves us all, got down on his knees and sent kisses to the public. This man’s status is doing the show for himself; however, Ozzy gives back the worth of every penny paid for the tickets to his show.

Nobody could leave earlier, because “Paranoid” was left till the very end and there was no way this song could be missed. You can never know if you get another chance to hear it live. The show lasted for a little over 1.5 hours and this earned Ozzy even more respect. He proved that he is more alive than anyone could imagine and he can still kick it hard and heavy.

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Bark at the Moon
Let Me Hear You Scream
Mr. Crowley
I Don’t Know
Fairies Wear Boots
Suicide Solution
Road to Nowhere
War Pigs
Shot in the Dark
Iron Man
Killer of Giants
I Don’t Want to Change the World
Crazy Train

Mama, I’m Coming Home

Review: Tanja Caciur | Pictures: Henri Lassander

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