The setlist that Black Sabbath (without Bill Ward) has been following for the last several concerts on its current tour relies heavily on material from the classic Paranoid album of 1970.
That's the good news.
The not-so-great news—for this longtime Sabbath freak, anyway—is that the setlist which will most likely be in effect in Vancouver tomorrow barely touches on what is arguably the band's best album, 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
Yeah, yeah—I know what you're thinking: "Geez, quit yer whining, Newt. Fer chrissakes—it's Sabbath! Be thankful you're seeing 'em at all!"
Hey, I am thankful. But I'm also a jaded critic who thinks that the world's best rock music was made in the '70s. And we're supposed to whine about stuff.
So, like I said, it's great that Sabbath is playing no less than five tracks off Paranoid, including "War Pigs", "Fairies Wear Boots", the instrumental/drum solo track "Rat Salad", "Iron Man", and the title track.
The band is also playing, according to the setlist, three tracks off its self-titled 1970 debut album, two off 1971's Master of Reality, two off 1972'sVol. 4, and three or four off it's new release, 13.
The only riffs you'll hear from Sabbath Bloody Sabbath are the few from the title track that Tony Iommi is cranking out as the intro to the encore's "Paranoid".
Hell—the band's even including a track from one of its weakest albums, 1976's Technical Ecstasy. "Dirty Women" is a decent song, mind you, but still... would it have killed them to sneak in SBS's "Sabbra Cadabra", or "Killing Yourself to Live", or even "Looking For Today"?
And if that's not enough whining for you, I still stand by the claim I made back in 2011 that Sabbath shouldn't even have reunited unless it planned on playing "Supernaut".