The stage set-up was plain-Jane, but adequate for what was to come in the next 115 minutes at the Target Center in Minneapolis Monday evening.

I'm still dead-ass tired from last night's spectacle at the Target Center and the final Minnesota performance by Black Sabbath on their 'The End Tour'. Since I talked about this show for months I guess it's now my cue to give a few details about the show. The best way I know how to do that is thru photo's. I've also included a few other details below. If you were one of the lucky ones (like myself) who was there I'm confident you will concur with the line that "Tony Iommi stole the show". Absolutely brilliant! I was pretty much speechless (and hoarse) after the show and sat up until around 3:30am sifting thru images on my camera, and admiring the VIP package by the Live Nation reception staff. Money well spent! -Train Wreck ~ Z-Rock Weekends

photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
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Ozzy Osbourne, despite a few hills & valleys with regards to vocal pitchiness was his usual likable, animated self. Several times during the performance he dropped to his knees and bowed to the arena faithful, in between always demanding that the crowd make some e'fing NOISE! Near 'The End' of the set a stage hand delivered a bucket of water out front and placed it in front of the drum riser so the Ozz-man could douse himself in between songs.

photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
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Tony Iommi played the entire 115 minute set w/ calculated ferocity and precision - jaw-drop AMAZING and bone-crunching riffs. He stole the show! He would find moments to briefly chat with Ozzy in between songs, or nod confidently to the crowd.

photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
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Geezer Butler was equally as brutal and lightning-fast on bass in a signature workman-like attack. It was like he was flattening the hell out out of a rusted old barrel in a junkyard with a sledge hammer. A sly grin would appear now and then after he crushed his nemesis.

photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
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Tommy Clefutos filling-in for Bill Ward, who opted not to participate in 'The End Tour' appeared very confident in his supporting role. Highly energized and enthusiastic, he crushed a mid-set solo with ferocity. (there's that word again)

photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
photo: 'Train Wreck' © Z-Rock ~ Weekends
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SET LIST

1. Black Sabbath
2. Fairies Wear Boots
3. After Forever
4. Into The Void
5. Snowblind
6. War Pigs
7. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
8. N.I.B.
9. Hand Of Doom
10. Rat Salad
11. Iron Man
12. God Is Dead?
13. Under The Sun/Every Day Comes And Goes
14. Dirty Women
15. Paranoid

Encore
16. Children Of The Grave

ALBUM STATS
Paranoid - 6
Black Sabbath - 3
Master of Reality - 3
Vol 4 - 2
13 - 1
Technical Ecstasy - 1