Ozzy is back in his home town this Saturday to play at Birmingham Town Hall.
The first Sabbath gig at the Town Hall was a little over forty years ago and the band remain closely associated with the venue after pictures from a 1972 gig there were used in the 4 page insert that accompanied original Vertigo pressings of Vol 4 (1973). The picture above is from ebay where copies of the album regularly soar above the ticket price of Saturday’s gig.
In the interview that Home of Metal recently conducted with Ozzy he mentions the Town Hall as being THE gig for a Birmingham band to play. He was pleased to hear that the venue, the oldest working concert hall in the country, is still playing host to loud rock music.
If you have been lucky enough to get a ticket or are planning to try and obtain one by queing at HMV on Saturday morning don’t forget to have a look at the panel devoted to Black Sabbath that forms part of a display about the history of the building in the Lower Bar. Home Of Metal will be at the show with a table of information about our project so feel free to come along and say hello.
Highly recommended – why not take time to go back another day and take advantage of the audio gadget that gives a commentary. The venue, recently refurbished really is the pride of Birmingham sitting a power chord away from Anthony Gormley’s Iron Man sculpture in Victoria Square.
Ozzy’s set will be include songs from his 11th studio album Scream which was released earlier in the week.
Here is an interview from Rozie Hadley that saw Ozzy play at the Odeon in Birmingham in 1986
Ozzyattheodeon 1986 by Rob Horrocks