BPREVIEW: Black Sabbath – The End Tour @ Genting Arena 02&04.02

BPREVIEW: Black Sabbath - The End Tour @ Genting Arena 02&04.02




Words by Ed King

On the 2nd and 4th of February, Black Sabbath will be performing at the Genting Arena – playing the last two dates of The End Tour in Birmingham. Black Sabbath’s support band throughout The End Tour are Rival Sons, the Long Beach born blues rockers who will also appear at the Genting Arena.Birmingham Preview

Tickets for Black Sabbath The End Tour are priced at £73.92 + booking fee – as presented by Live Nation UK. For direct gig info and online ticket sales, click here.

There’s something inherently sad about writing this. Epochs, eras, fads and fashions… Black Sabbath are coming back to Birmingham (minus Bill Ward) to play their last gigs, with two dates in the biggest venue their hometown has to offer.

The near 50 year foot stamp of Black Sabbath’s authority is coming to The End, as the children turned fathers of Heavy Metal (being the band that coined then defined the genre) are no longer coming out to play. It is a difficult time. It’s a sad time. It is a time to remember and to celebrate. It’s also a time to mug the nearest pensioner for your ticket money, as you’ll get little change left over from a couple of Matthew Boultons.

This is Birmingham Review, so I shouldn’t need to do this, but… Black Sabbath were born when a handful of Brummie blues rockers decided the name Earth was just a little too pants and wanted to play some serious rock. Black Sabbath was born and through a series of creative evolution became tougher, darker, more politicised and iron clad than… well, a blues rock band called Earth.

BPREVIEW: Black Sabbath - The End Tour @ Genting Arena 02&04.02Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut album was recorded and mixed in two days, got slammed by the rock music press and charted instantaneously. Four months later and they were recording their sophomore LP – the legendary, pivotal, game changing Paranoid (nee War Pigs). Buy the time Black Sabbath’s third album, Master of Reality, was leaving blank spaces on shelves both in the UK and across the pond, the homespun four piece from north Birmingham were global stars and music had a new genre. Nothing would ever be the same again.

Black Sabbath’s subsequent years saw a myriad of line-up changes, public bust ups, accidental animal dismembering, award show reconciliations, world tours and a total of 19 studio albums – the last with nearly all of the original line up being 13, released in 2012. Black Sabbath’s final recorded release, an eight track EP called The End, has been made only available at the final shows.

Birmingham Review didn’t get to see Black Sabbath at the O2 Academy in 2012 or at the then LG Arena the following year. But we did get to see Ozzy when he was touring his last solo album, Scream, in 2010. My interview with The Prince of Darkness was the first we ran on the website – read it here. If you’re on the Birmingham Review Facebook Page you might recognise one of the pics too (with thanks to Paul Ward).INTERVIEW: Ozzy Osborne - 26.06.10 / Paul Ward

Ozzy was quite something to watch, storming through a set to a packed out Town Hall, and along with Tonni Iommi and Geezer Butler is still one of the city’s proud badges of musical honour. Black Sabbath are rock stars, in the absolute sense of the sobriquet.

Like ‘em, loathe ‘em, listen to ‘em or not, Black Sabbath are a corner stone of Birmingham’s modern culture – in centuries to come the robotic spawn of Carl Chinn will be giving a lecture somewhere about  “…a fully humanoid gestalt entity that changed the world of music.”

And The End is nigh… Your LAST CHANCE EVER to see Black Sabbath, with all the original members bar the publicly capricious Bill Ward (seriously dude…), is now a ticking clock reality. Let a city mourn and rejoice. Here’s our Graham with a quick reminder:

‘War Pigs’ – Black Sabbath (Paranoid Tour – live in Paris 1970)

Black Sabbath bring The End Tour to the Genting Arena, playing their final live dates on Thursday 2nd and Saturday 4th February, as presented by Live Nation UK. For direct gig info and online tickets sales, click here.

For more on Black Sabbath, (just stick your head out a Birmingham window, or…) www.blacksabbath.com


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BPREVIEW: Alter Bridge @ Genting Arena 27.11.16

Alter Bridge @ Genting Arena 27.11.16




Words by Michelle Martin

On Sunday November 27th, Alter Bridge will perform at the Genting Arena in Birmingham – with support from Gojira, Volbeat and Like a Storm.birm_prev-logo-main-lr

Alter Bridge at the Genting Arena is presented by Live Nation – tickets are priced at £34.55 +booking fee. For direct gig info, including online ticket sales, click here.

Hailing from Orange County in Orlando, Florida, Alter Bridge comprises of Myles Kennedy, Brian Marshall, Scott Phillips and Mark Tremonti. Philips, Tremonti and Marshall were former members of rock band Creed, who disbanded in 2004.

Having taken a hiatus from touring across 2015, Alter Bridge started writing and recording their fifth studio album, The Last Hero, late last year – once again working with the band’s long standing producer, Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette. Beskette has produced every Alter Bridge album since the BPREVIEW: Alter Bridge @ Genting Arena 27.11.16band’s sophomore LP, Blackbird, in 2007.

Released on October 6th 2016, The Last Hero has received a widespread thumbs up from both critics and metal fans alike, with Chad Childers (Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock) praising the LP for being ‘darker and more political in nature’. A big record, the only real negatives came from the album’s intensity and power, with Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer, The Guardian) calling it ‘relentlessly bombastic’.

But The Last Hero is Alter Bridge’s third top ten LP, reaching a very respectable No3 in the UK Album Charts. Plus we can’t imagine the Genting Arena crowd having too many complaints about something being ‘much heavier and more overtly metallic than their modern arena-rock peers.’

The album’s lead single, ‘Show Me a Leader’, was released on 26th July 2016 – with front man, Myles Kennedy, stating “Lyrically, it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world. The world is looking for trustworthy effective leadership and not this undignified dog and pony show that’s really made a mockery of our system.”

‘Show Me a Leader’ – Alter Bridge                      

Alter Bridge announced a tour supporting The Last Hero Tour in summer 2016 – playing seven dates across the UK, from Manchester on 23rd November to Glasgow on 1st December, before heading to mainland Europe for six more dates this side of Christmas. Alter Bridge then tour North America and Canada across February 2017, before heading on to Australia in April.

Alter Bridge will be back in Birmingham for one show at the Genting Arena on Sunday 27th November, with support from Gojira, Volbeat and Like a Storm. For direct gig info and online ticket sales, click here.

For more on Alter Bridge, visit www.alterbridge.com


For more from the Genting Arena, including full events listings and online tickets sales, visit www.gentingarena.co.uk

For more from Live Nation, including full event listings and online ticket sales, visit www.livenation.co.uk