Black Sabbath ‘Yawn’ Hall Event
Black Sabbath hosted a town hall-style event last night in celebration of yesterday’s release of 13, their first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years.
Held in lower Manhattan at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, which was once a Neo-Gothic Jewish Synagogue built in 1849, it was hosted by comedian Jim Norton and streamed online. Ozzy and Geezer Butler were there and Tony Iommi was beamed in from his home in Birmingham, England, and Brad Wilk, the album’s drummer, from his home in Los Angeles.
The 90-minute event opened with a documentary on the making of the album that was put together by Ozzy’s son, Jack. This was then followed by videos for two of the songs -- “God Is Dead?” and “End of the Beginning” -- and the night should have ended there. Some of the contest winners asked questions that were answered in the documentary, Norton tried his best to deliver the funny and failed, and there were no major revelations. Nothing was said about their upcoming tour, drummer Bill Ward not being on the album or tour, Iommi’s battle with cancer or Ozzy’s revelation that he had fallen off the wagon during the recordings. But, Norton did make a point of repeatedly saying how much he loved Sabbath, how honored he was to be there, how 13 was number-one in 50 countries since its release internationally on Monday, as well as poking fun at two of the fans who were give the opportunity to ask questions via Skype.