Fortunately, Ozzy has not only managed to survive, but to come out on top and he's still plugging away. His stage show isn't what it used to be, and he moves a bit slower these days, but give the man some credit; while other folks his age are winding down and planning their retirement, he's still recording new material [image-1](2010's Scream was his 10th studio LP) and playing arena-sized venues (his current international tour hits more than 40 cities).
Amid a flurry of explosions and pyrotechnics, Ozzy took the stage at the St. Pete Times Forum this past Friday night to the frenzied screams of nearly 9,500 fans and launched into his 1982 hit, Bark at the Moon. The response was deafening and he seemed to feed off the energy, even taunting the crowd with steady retorts of I cant fuckin hear you! They loved it and Ozzy continued to give them just what they wanted, both in 'tude and tunes -- War Pigs, Iron Man, Crazy Train and other classic hits were played along with newer songs like Let Me Hear You Scream. While the Prince of Darkness might be getting a little long in the tooth, he can still kick the sonic crap out of plenty of other younger heavy metal wannabees. Long live the Godfather of Metal!
For his contribution to the evenings entertainment, former Guns N Roses guitarist (and possibly distant relative of Cousin Itt) Slash offered a frills-free set of hardcore rock. No pyrotechnics, smoke and mirrors, explosions or flying monkeys -- just a healthy dose of heavy rock marked by plenty of loud guitar solos. In sharp contrast to his nearly robotic Super Bowl performance, Slash was extremely animated, traversing back and forth across the stage, and striking poses for the crowd and pit full of photographers. The set set included songs from Slashs 2010 self-titled solo LP as well as select Guns N Roses numbers, like Night Train, Sweet Child O Mine and Paradise City.
More photos from the show