The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald have published separate reviews of the second date of the Ozzfest 2004 tour, which took place Monday (July 12) at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. A couple of review excerpts follow:
Boston Globe: "The show sold out, though the one-night stand was down from two nights in the past. But the energy level was definitely higher than last year when some poseurs were on the grounds (MARILYN MANSON, for one) and Ozzy played with his solo band rather than with BLACK SABBATH, which lived up to expectations last night with a pummeling set that had the horn salutes raised high.
"And Osbourne, who looked much better than he did last time, startled some fans with video to his opener, 'War Pigs', which juxtaposed photos of George Bush and Adolf Hitler, with an unprintable caption about how they resemble each other.
"Although Ozzfest is typically a celebration of alternative lifestyles, this year's version often had a political edge. The band OTEP reminded the crowd to question 'priests and police and politicians.' The group BLEEDING THROUGH said the country needed a 'new leader.' And a couple of acts stood up for the troops overseas: BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's Zakk Wylde dedicated a song to them, while SUPERJOINT RITUAL's Phil Anselmo said 'crushing the enemy is something we had to do.' " Read more.
Boston Herald: "While the blossoming metal gods of bands like UNEARTH, HATEBREED, BLEEDING THROUGH, GOD FORBID and DEVILDRIVER observed, SABBATH's Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and Ozzy gave a free lesson in Metal 101. Iommi calmly riffed as Ward and Butler pounded along. Ozzy's slimy hair smothered his aging face as he chanted his way through a stellar set of his band's seminal hits, including 'N.I.B.', the weed paeon 'Sweet Leaf', 'Iron Man' and a politically tinged version of 'War Pigs'.
"Metal elder statesmen JUDAS PRIEST, with leather-clad vocalist Rob Halford freshly out of the closet and back in front of the mike, set the old skool stage with a thunderous set of their trail-blazing Brit metal, that included 'Breaking the Law' and 'Living After Midnight'. West Coast speed metal legends SLAYER preceded PRIEST, with a powerful set of that included the jaw-dropping 'Raining Blood'." Read more.