I was at Black Sabbath’s last ever gig. Beating out terrible weather and even worse public transport, which lead to us needed to get a black cab from Birmingham to Walsall, at great expense, but I digress.
It was a hell of a way to spend two hours though I tell you that. Singing along to Sabbath’s greatest hits and trying to decode whatever the hell Ozzy was saying between songs, something that extends to the interview sections of this film.
Not so much a story in this one to be honest, footage of the band’s final ever show is interlaced with interviews with the band after the concert and footage of a studio session that took place after the concert.
As much as this movie is about celebrating Sabbath’s music and legacy, it has a surprising amount of heart. Throughout the movie the members of the band talk about each other with incredible admiration, especially when talking about Tony’s battle with lymphoma, and about his incredible ability to come up with catchy riffs.
It’s amazing that after nearly 50 years and the multiple falling-outs they talk so admiringly about each other, Ozzy for example was full of praise for Geezer Butler’s lyrics, at least that’s what I think he was saying, he could have been complimenting the carpet for all I know, I’m joking of course, although he is getting harder and harder to understand, I can only imagine what he sounded like when he was drinking, oh wait, I could just watch the Osbourne’s.
The film takes an emotionally turn most of the way in, when it touches on Tony Iommi’s battle with cancer part way through the recording of their latest album, the members of the band talk frankly about his struggle and his resolve to keep working through his chemo, in particular the admiration in Geezer Butler’s face for his friend.
Having been through all that Iommi’s playing is still incredible, and Ozzy sounds like he did on the records 40+ years ago, unfortunately they are missing Bill Ward, the drummer, however the guy they have filling in, Tommy Clufetos is just as good if not better in some ways.
In conclusion, it was amazing to have been there live, and it was great to relive that night and it’s worth watching for long-time fans, or just fans of heavy metal/rock not just for the concert clips but the insightful interviews, and backstage clips, if you’re into it pre-order the Blu-ray and enjoy yourself.