Silhouettes behind curtains, air-raid sirens and a familiar, slightly slurred voice set off the crowd Saturday at a packed Erwin Center. Then, suddenly, there was Ozzy, beckoning the crowd to scream. Guitarist Tony Iommi smiled out at the audience before launching into “War Pigs,” one of Black Sabbath’s most recognizable and enduring songs.
The group’s North American tour, which started Thursday in Houston, comes in support of a new, Rick Rubin-produced album, “13.” That album finds Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Iommi getting back to the stripped-down sound of their early albums. Founding drummer Bill Ward did not join them on the recording or the tour because of what has been described as a contract dispute; Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos is taking his place.
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