Ozzfest meets Knotfest came to Southern California on September 24th and 25th, 2016 in San Bernardino.
Bands featured on this year’s festival were Suicidal Tendencies, Disturbed, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth, Slipknot, Black Sabbath and many others. METAL SHOP ROCKS was able to attend Saturday’s Ozzfest that included Sabbath and Megadeth.
Walking into the San Manuel Amphitheater, the heat was relentless and with the wind picking up, dust storms were everywhere. Once inside, I was able to catch a few of the opening bands like Zakk Wylde and Opeth, eagerly awaiting Megadeth.
Megadeth opened up with ‘Hangar 18’ and then blasted through a set that included ‘Holy Wars’, ‘Tornado of Souls’, ‘In My Darkest Hour’ and ‘Dystopia’. The fans were going crazy and the pits were insane as Dave Mustaine and company kicked ass on a one hour show.
When headliners Black Sabbath took the stage, I didn’t know what to expect. I have seen them in the past and their shows have been a little slow, or dare I say, boring? But this time around, it was completely different. I don’t know if it’s the fact it is their final tour or that they know it is their final tour, but it appears they wanted to give their best performance for the fans and go out on a high note.
Sabbath performed ‘War Pigs’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Snowblind’ and ‘N.I.B’. Even though Ozzy Osbourne announced he had a cold and would sneeze on stage, he still sounded very good, along with the rest of the band… it was a kick-ass performance!
Thank you Black Sabbath (Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward). Thank you all for the great music you have provided over the years. If it wasn’t for you guys, heavy metal music may not be where it is today… we will miss you. -Ralph
Black Sabbath photos courtesy of photogrpher Ross Halfin
Over the last few months heavy metal legends Slayer have been really busy. They have a new record out, “Repentless,” they have been touring North America and Europe, shooting great videos and now a new Slayer comic book will be released in October.
In celebration of the new comic book, Slayer performed at the House of Blues in San Diego, California to take over Comic-Con on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Slayer opened with ‘Repentless, ‘Disciple’ and ‘Postmortem.’ As the photographers were being led away from the photographers pit, I noticed that the band had stopped playing for a few minutes. It turned out that a fan (if you want to call him that), decided to spit on singer Tom Araya. Tom took exception to that and called the guy out. Araya kept asking “what was that about and why?” Security was called in and the guy was kicked out.
The show continued with Slayer blasting through ‘Hate Worldwide,’ ‘War Ensemble’ and ‘Mandatory Suicide,’ then the show stopped for a second time. I had no idea what was going on though… nobody was on stage and people were left scratching their heads. A few minutes later Araya came out and asked why someone would buy a ticket to a concert and cause problems to get thrown out it… seems to me that a second person was actually thrown out of the show that was causing a disturbance.
Slayer then continued on with ‘Seasons in the Abyss,’ ‘South of Heaven,’ ‘Reigning Blood’ and ‘Angel of Death.’ The pits at the show were insane and the the sold out crowd loved it. It was a kick ass show and I look forward to the comic book. -Ralph