Black Sabbath performs to Tampa

July 25, 2013 

After more than 40 years of being considered one of the most significant bands in hard rock, Black Sabbath has its first No. 1 album.

And the band, with most of its classic lineup intact, will be at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Monday.

Reports from earlier shows in the tour indicate that Sabbath is offering generous doses of its classic songs, with some selections from the new album, "13," sprinkled in.

That album, produced by the great Rick Rubin, has some great tracks and has the feel of classic Sabbath discs from the '70s. So even the new songs ought to appeal to long-time fans.

Even more important than the songs, though, is that Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler are all together in this current incarnation of Black Sabbath. Only drummer Bill Ward from the original lineup is absent. (There's been talk for a long time about "contractual disputes," which could mean anything.) He'll be missed, no doubt, but as long as Ozzy's singing to Tony's riffs and Geezer's dexterous thumping, this ought to be a thrilling show for fans.

Opening is Andrew W.K., the party-rocker-turned-New Age motivational speaker. He's reportedly doing a DJ set of classic hard rock and metal riffs instead of playing live.

Sounds like an OK thing to listen to while you're waiting for one of the greatest bands in the history of rock 'n' roll.

Details: 7:30 p.m. July 29, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $40-$143.50. Information: 813-740-2446,

-- Marty Clear

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