Black Sabbath at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 7/25/2013

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Black Sabbath
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 25, 2013

What can even be said about a Black Sabbath show in 2013? You know what you're in for: good times with one of the all-time greatest rock and roll bands. The experience is one that defies a simple explanation. It's becoming a part of a unique phenomenon; entering into a hallowed stature of "those who have seen Black Sabbath perform." Isn't that why any of us go to see classic rock bands: for another notch on our belts?

Of course, there is the off chance someone was at Cynthia Woods last night to see Black Sabbath because they happened to pick up their latest album, 13, in stores, having somehow been oblivious to the band for the past 40 years, liked what they heard, and decided to see them live.

Hey, stranger things have happened, and it at least seems to be what Black Sabbath would like to believe themselves.

Let's face it: this band does not consist of spring chickens. These guys have been around the mulberry bush. That makes it all the stranger that their approach seems to be designed to prove a point about their relevance.

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For those who remember, the last time "Sabbath" came through was under the Heaven and Hell guise with the dear, departed Ronnie James Dio as their front man. Though they did put out a record with Dio during the brief reunion before his passing, they seemed to look at it through a lens of honesty. Perhaps Dio's earthbound personality grounded them, but the whole thing played as a nostalgia tour.

Black Sabbath in 2013 will be having none of that. Sure, they opened with "War Pigs," they closed with "Paranoid," and somewhere in the middle they played "Iron Man," with a seemingly winking acknowledgment of the songs' incredible popularity, but this is a band that seems almost restrained by their past more than proud of it. Running through "War Pigs" at the beginning felt like a chore. When they got to delve into "Into the Void" and "Under the Sun" after it, they came to life.

They wouldn't be the only ones bored with the classics, but then if we were taking account of the audience's boredom, it would spike any time the band decided to play something off of 13. It's hardly surprising that people would be less than enthused to hear a classic-rock band's new material, except for two things: people bought the hell out of the record and put it at No. 1 on the charts, and Sabbath seemed to be at their most vital and alive when they were playing the new songs.


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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, Spring, TX

Category: Music

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Dana Marie Cain
Dana Marie Cain

I saw Ozzy in Houston in 1986 and he sucked then too.

Don Walsh
Don Walsh

Tony and the geez sounded great. The oz made us a cringe at times. Last hoorah and it was great.

dangellet
dangellet

Sabbath was great ... Ozzy had some vocal issues but that's Ozzy. But that Andrew WK deal - what the hell was up with that?

Roland Ruiz
Roland Ruiz

They were the bee's knees!!! I couldn't believe they played Under The Sun!!! Epic show!!!

Chris Alonzo
Chris Alonzo

Great show! They played Dirty Women from technical estacy one of my fav!

Debbie Erickson
Debbie Erickson

They sound like they did in the seventies..the visuals were very edgy and the stage and lighting was perfect. The video for Fairies Wear Boots..looked like CORE was in it!!

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