On July 17, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release “Speak Of The Devil” on DVD by OZZY OSBOURNE in North America.
This show was filmed at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in California on June 12, 1982 as part of the delayed continuation of the “Diary Of A Madman” tour following the tragic death of Randy Rhoads a few months earlier. The audio has been digitally restored and remastered and is now available in DTS and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time. “Speak Of The Devil” includes the classics “Mr. Crowley”, “Over The Mountain”, “Crazy Train”, “Flying High Again”, “Iron Man”, “Paranoid”, “Goodbye To Romance” and many more.
The concert is a perfect snapshot of Ozzy Osbourne‘s live performances in the Eighties with dramatic staging and masses of energy with a setlist based around his first two solo albums and a few BLACK SABBATH classics. The lineup for this show features Ozzy Osbourne (vocals); Don Airey (keyboards); Tommy Aldridge (drums); Brad Gillis (guitar) and Rudy Sarzo (bass).
Sarzo, who also penned the liner notes for the DVD, recently spoke to Rockin’ Rag‘s Rockn’ Rolivia about the set. You can listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
The bassist previously told AOL‘s Noisecreep, “I’ve been looking forward to watching this since seeing the initial broadcast on Halloween in 1982. It was filmed in Southern California so it was a kind of hometown gig for all of us in the band because we all lived in the L.A. area. And of course, what makes it really special is that the person we are playing for, although he is not there in body, is truly present with us. You feel it. . . This particular show was really about capturing something unique. Rarely do you see a band doing a video where the main character or performer is not there. Randy Rhoads is missing — but we were all playing in the spirit of Randy. Every performance that happened after the crash was basically leading us all through the steps of grieving – every single one. And so by the time we were doing that last show, it was a celebration — purely a celebration of Randy Rhoads. By that night we had reached a truly special level and so to have it captured so professionally is very exciting for all of us. And remember, this was really the last tour that featured so much from ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ and ‘Diary Of A Madman’, which Ozzy wrote with Randy. So all of the music that’s featured is very special, too.”
When asked if he had any special memories from that day, before the actual concert, Sarzo said, “Well, there used to be a Lion Country Safari right next to the venue. So before the show Ozzy did a photo shoot and I think he had an altercation with a monkey or something. I was not there — but I think any creature would be afraid of the guy who bit the head off of a bat. [laughs]”
“Speak Of The Devil” track listing:
01. Over The Mountain
02. Mr Crowley
03. Crazy Train
04. Revelation (Mother Earth)
05. Steal Away (The Night)
06. Suicide Solution
07. Guitar / Drum Solo
08. Goodbye To Romance
09. I Don’t Know
11. Flying High Again
12. Iron Man
13. Children Of The Grave