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OZZY Osbourne - Hartwall Areena, Helsinki 09.09.2010
Ozzy will make you wet
Ozzy Osbourne. There is hardly anything or anyone more metal than this guy. He doesnt need any introduction; its certain that even your non-metal parents know who Ozzy is. Thats 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 Ozzys age and general state, one couldnt 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 Ozzys 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 hes even got the energy to move around the stage! Of course, he is not the Ozzy he was in the 80s 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 Ozzys latest release Scream, the set-list consisted of compositions from Osbournes solo career from the 80s – early 90s together with some of the Sabbaths hit songs. 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 wasnt enough, closer to the end of the concert Ozzman poured three buckets of water on them, first dipping his head into one. I suppose its a good thing that this show didnt take place during wintertime. And maybe pouring water on the audience might be considered as oh-so-last-century by some, its Ozzy fucking Osbourne were talking about, hes 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 thats exactly how it all began long time ago. Ozzy didnt 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 mans 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.
Bark at the Moon
Let Me Hear You Scream
I Dont Know
Fairies Wear Boots
Road to Nowhere
Shot in the Dark
Killer of Giants
I Dont Want to Change the World
Mama, Im Coming Home
Review: Tanja Caciur | Pictures: Henri Lassander
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