Blues Muse 1.
|Black Sabbath as they looked back around 1968. It looks like butter
wouldn’t melt in Ozzie’s mouth (second right), doesn’t it?
Last night, my son saw the original Black Sabbath
perform – thunderously live – in Melbourne, Australia. All the original line-up were there, except the drummer, Bill
Ward. This took me back to when I saw Black Sabbath at Coventry University (Lanchester Polytechnic back then) in Warwickshire (UK) in1968 or
1969, before Sabbath got huge.
I remember Ozzie being a superb comedic front man, cracking jokes with
the audience and Tony Iommi’s amazing thimble-drumming riffs.
Even so, after quaffing numerous pints of beer, I fell into a stupor against one of the speakers.The beat from Geezer’s thudding bass and Bill’s thunderous drums didn’t just punch right through me, it bounced me back and forth off the speakers, giving me the tinnitus I still have to this day.
I was managing Black Sabbath’s support act, a great blues band from Rugby (think
Spiritualized) called West Bank Avenue, who were the equal of Sabbath on the night; and received just as enthusiastically by the
crowd. While West Bank Avenue never recorded and disappeared from the scene to concentrate on their day jobs,
Black Sabbath went from strength to strength, pioneering their brand of hardcore Birmingham
blues that became heavy metal. Such is the fickleness of rock, eh?
it with the water in Birmingham? John Bonham, Robert Plant, Slade and Judas Priest came from around there
too and Motorhead’s Lemmy came from nearby Stoke on Trent.
While you’re here, there’s a link below to an interview by a Bob Marley fan I did years ago, simply because I was on nodding acquaintance with the legend, before he became so famous. The link’s below the picture.
|Paul Merry’s interview re: Bob Marley|