Thu 10 Feb – Ozzy Osbourne, Slash
The BOK Center located in Tulsa, OK is a brilliant blend of architechture. It is very modern, many clean bathrooms, helpful workers, good sound, can hold around 21,000 people, etc.
Me and my party took our seats (Front Row, Section 310) which is in the upper level. However, our view was excellent. And as soon as Slash's band took the stage, I found that the sound was amazing.
Slash opened with Ghost, a song off his new album, which I dig. Soon they were blazing threw old Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit tunes, and his new material. Throughout this set, I was especially taken with Myles Kennedy, Slash's vocalist. He has an excellent vocal range, being able to sing all of these difficult numbers. And Slash himself was of course, excellent.
After closing with Paradise City, there was around a 10-15 minute renovation of the stage while people milled around waiting for the main act. I stayed in my seat, afraid that I might miss a single second. Hahah.
Then, it happened. The lights dimmed, the roar of the crowd emerged, and a montage of spoof videos rolled around on the screen, poking fun at Avatar, Jersey Shore, The Hangover, Twilight, etc. As soon as that ended, the man himself, Ozzy, took the stage. The roar of the crowd erupted even louder than ever. Then the magic, or should I say Madness, began.
Opening with Bark At The Moon was incredible. This man has to be seen live to fully appreciate his music. He has been performing since the late 60s, and his voice is still in top shape. He doesn't seem to age much, which just adds to his image as The Prince Of Darkness. Throughout his set, there were fireworks, water buckets, foam hoses, and in almost every song Ozzy encouraged everyone to help him sing. The energy he can create is immense, and you can't help to get caught up in it.
It was like a dream, finally seeing an icon, live in the flesh. It wasn't fake, it wasn't artificial, it was all reality. I thought he ended too soon, but then again, I could have watched him perform for hours. I strongly suggest seeing this man live if you ever get the chance.
I will never forget that night. It has been by far the best concert experience I have ever attended.
Been There Lately
Back From Cali
Sweet Child O' Mine
Bark At The Moon
Let Me Hear You Scream
I Don't Know
Fairies Wear Boots
Road To Nowhere
Shot In The Dark
I Don't Want To Change The World
Mama, I'm Coming Home