Legendary British heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH closed this year’s edition of the Download festival earlier tonight (Sunday, June 10) at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. Black Sabbath
02. The Wizard
03. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
05. Into The Void
06. Under The Sun
08. War Pigs
09. Sweet Leaf
10. Drum Solo
11. Iron Man
12. Fairies Wear Boots
13. Tomorrow’s Dream
14. Dirty Women
15. Children Of The Grave
A video snippet of the performance is available at this location.
Original BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler performed live together for the first time in seven years on May 19, playing an intimate show at the 3,800-person O2 Academy in SABBATH‘s hometown of Birmingham, England. The show, which served as a warm-up for the group’s appearance at the Download festival, was laced with emotion and drama: it was the first live appearance for Iommi since being diagnosed with cancer, and it was the first with stand-in drummer Tommy Clufetos, making the split official between founding drummer Bill Ward and the rest of SABBATH.
Iommi, Osbourne and Butler discussed their new album in a video interview posted at NME.com. The three musicians are working with producer Rick Rubin on their first recording project together in 34 years, with Osbourne saying, “We’ve written about 15 songs so far. Whether they all get on the album, I don’t know. We just keep on writing.” Osbourne also dropped a clue about the set’s title, hinting, “Next year, 2013, is a good clue to what we’re going to call the album.”
As for how Rubin influenced the band’s approach to writing together again, Butler explained, “He sat us down, put the first album on and said ‘listen to this’, imagine it’s 1969, you’ve just done that, what would you do next?”
Iommi added, “It’s taken on the flavor of the old stuff in the way we put things together, but with a different look on it.”
The project suffered another blow earlier this year when Iommi was diagnosed with cancer, although he said that playing the warm-up show in Birmingham, was a boost to his spirits. “It was great,” he said. “Going through what I’ve gone through over the past year has been like living in a different world — being onstage and to get that (reaction from the fans) is just fantastic, it really boosts you up.”
SABBATH has curtailed almost all its planned touring activities for 2012 while Iommi undergoes treatment. The band is still scheduled to headline Chicago’s Lollapalooza event in early August.