Review: OZZFEST 2004 Ruled By The Old School Of Rock

July 15, 2004

Isaac Guzman of the New York Daily News reviewed the Ozzfest 2004 traveling festival when it hit Long Island's Jones Beach Theater Wednesday (July 14).

"Collectively, the three headliners — BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER — have been performing for nearly 90 years, and they're three of the metal world's most iconic acts," he wrote.

"Oddly, the oldest, BLACK SABBATH, sounded the least dated. The pondering, overdriven sound developed by guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward is such an archetype that it has been copied by everyone from NIRVANA to THE WHITE STRIPES.

"Osbourne seemed to enjoy playing with his old bandmates even more than with his solo band. The group opened with 'War Pigs', featuring an unflattering video portrait of President Bush and the Iraq war.

"SABBATH went on to hammer through 'Into the Void', 'Snowblind' and 'Iron Man'." Read more.

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