There may be a temptation to think every time you see Ozzy Osbourne perform that it’ll be your last. That kind of went through my mind a few times during the Boston show – the last of the 2010 Ozzfest — especially considering the death this year of Ronnie James Dio. But then I saw Ozzy and he sure doesn’t seem like a guy on a victory lap. He had as much energy and enthusiasm as he did the first time I saw him back in the early 1990s on the “No More Tears” tour. Back then, Ozzy’s hair was teased to the moon and he was a leaping, bounding wildman with a band that included a skinny, shirtless guitar prodigy named Zakk Wylde.
Today, Zakk is a beefy biker motherfucker with his own top-selling band and Ozzy is a paunchy, jittery 61-year-old. But Ozzy somehow remains the same leaping, bounding wildman and still has a giddy, almost childlike passion for rocking. Watching him hose down the crowd with a maniacal grin on his face is akin to watching Beavis and Butthead light a fire: his excitement is barely containable. Sure, he didn’t exactly hit all the notes on “Shot in the Dark” or “Mama I’m Comin’ Home,” but what the hell? Guys half his age can’t sing their songs the way they were originally written. Fact is, we’re lucky as hell to still have an iconic heavy-metal treasure like Ozzy prowling the stage, rather than being relegated to watching old videos or buying his tribute albums.
If this turns out to be his final Ozzfest, it can be said he went out with a bang, partying through “Paranoid” with a nine-year-old Japanese guitar prodigy ripping solos. But if I had to bet, I’d say it’s more likely we’ll be seeing Ozzy many more times, including probably headlining a gig with that Japanese kid melting faces as a teenager. The rest of the bill was solid:Motley Crue had the cougars flashing as they did their party rock thing, while Rob Halford’s voice soared like the metal god he is. But the side stage provided some great metal moments, including Skeletonwitch and Kingdom of Sorrow, both of which absolutely destroyed it while a driving rainstorm pelted the masses. The storm unfortunately cut the bill short, forcing Kataklysm, Drowning Pool and Black Label Society to cancel.
But the Purple Heart of metal for this edition of Ozzfest undeniably goes to Goatwhore bassist James Harvey. Not only did his band brave the relentless downpour, Harvey played the show with a massive hematoma on his leg (see gruesome photo below) inflicted by a sewing needle. Apparently, he had a needle in his pocket for some unknown reason during a show last week and rammed it deep into his thigh while playing. He went to the hospital where doctors dug a hole in his leg in a failed attempt to find and remove the metal shard, he told LimeWire Music Blog. So yes, it’s still impacted somewhere in his leg. It looks so painful and has him walking with a cane. But still, he blistered his way through “Carving the Eyes Out of God” and “Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult.”
Ozzy surely was proud.
images by Dave Wedge
Goatwhore bassist James Harvey's sewing needle-impacted thigh
Goatwhore bassist James Harvey (left) feeling no pain
Kingdom of Sorrow
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog