It's the curse of being a fan. You want to hear all your favorite songs, but you know that the artist only has so much time onstage, and what with trying to shill a new album nobody has heard and playing the requisite classics, may only have time for an obscure nugget or maybe two.
With Ozzy Osbourne in town tonight, there are two sides of his career to choose from: His landmark proto-metal work with Black Sabbath and the chart-topping solo efforts that began in 1980.
Somehow the grand old man and his new group of young guns has to tow the line between the old, the relatively old and the brand-new (i.e. last year's Scream). Imagine the pressures on younger players having to nail the work of Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward every night in front of rabid fans.
Let's just pretend that the post-Ozzy, post-Dio Sabbath never existed.
Rocks Off made a quick list of the songs we would like to hear tonight at the Toyota Center, even though they are probably only pipe dreams. It's not like Ozz can play Sabbath's first four albums in their entirety tonight, but we can deal with that.
Looking at recent setlists from this tour, Ozz seems to be hitting all the major Sabbath touchstones like "Paranoid," "War Pigs" and even "Rat Salad." Those are metal monoliths he cannot skip without making mullets flip their shit.
It's the stuff after Paranoid that we are interested in hearing if we can, especially something from the stoner-jam stew that is Master of Reality. Plus, you really can't beat Sabbath's own theme song, can you? Everything else we will probably have to wait for another reunion tour for, if they ever do another one that is with the band rapidly aging.
"Sweet Leaf" (Master of Reality)
"Children Of The Grave" (Master of Reality)
"Killing Yourself To Live" (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)
"Snowblind" (Vol. 4)
"Black Sabbath" (Black Sabbath)
Solo Ozzy is spotty, as even he would probably tell you. It veered early from headbanging anthems, to ripping hair-metal ballads, but the only thing that made them palatable was Ozzy himself at the helm. We will no doubt get "Crazy Train," "Mr. Crowley" and a few metal ballads from the late '80s and early '90s.
Did you know that Lemmy Kilmister co-wrote most of the best songs on No More Tears with Ozzy and Zakk Wylde? He claims he makes more money off "Mama I'm Coming Home" than he does with any of his Motorhead work, which is a tragedy. It also proves the man can write a sweet melody when he feels like it.
(This has been your Daily Rocks Off Lemmy Tidbit.)
By far, you must start with his first three solo releases, Blizzard Of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, and Bark At the Moon. For us, 1986's The Ultimate Sin is a dark-horse favorite. It wasn't as hit-heavy as the others, but it's got some nuts to it. Even Ryan Adams agrees.
"Flying High Again" (Diary of a Madman)
"Over the Mountain" (Diary of a Madman)
"Crazy Babies" (No Rest For the Wicked)
"Gets Me Through" (Down To Earth)
"Secret Loser" (The Ultimate Sin)
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