Yesterday, my wife, our daughters and I went to OzzFest Japan 2015!
It was great!
Two years ago I went to OzzFest Japan 2013 with my friend.
It was a long day. We were there for twelve hours!
Here’s the line-up of bands we saw:
I bought an Ozzy Osbourne T-shirt and sweatshirt:
All of the bands were very entertaining! But the bands that we were really looking forward to seeing were on from 2:50PM til the end.
At 2:50 were the Japanese band “9mm Parabellum Bullet” (called “kyuu-milli” for short).
My second daughter has been a big fan of this band for years. She’s seen them in concert a number of times. This was the first time that I’ve seen them on stage…though, I’m familiar with their songs since my daughter is a fan.
After that was Black Label Society! I’m a fan of this band! After they played, my daughters said that Zakk Wylde is “cool”.
And then the Japanese “horror rock” band 人間椅子 (Ningen-Isu) played. I saw this band before at OzzFest Japan 2013. They were inspired by the Japanese horror writer Edogawa Ranpo (who took his pen-name from his inspiration: horror author Edgar Allen Poe):
And then the loud, energetic band Hatebreed took the stage!
Next was Baby Metal. Do you know about the Japanese band Baby Metal? They combine heavy-metal with J-pop. (Click here to read my post about them.)
I don’t really care for their music…but they have many dedicated fans! In fact, Baby Metal were the only act at OzzFestJapan to have a rule limiting the number of their T-shirts that fans could buy, and they were still the only act to have their merchandise completely be sold-out!
At 6:50PM, Jane’s Addiction took the stage. This is another band that has many fans but I don’t really care for.
I had heard that Yoshiki would be performing a song with them…and sure enough, before one their songs, the singer announced their “friend Yoo-shee-kee” (a very non-Japanese pronunciation of the Japanese name よしき).
And then…it was time for Ozzy Osbourne & friends!
In addition to his current band members, Gus G., Rob Nicholson and Tommy Clufetos (who is a very cool drummer!)…Geezer Butler (“Black Sabbath”) played bass on all Black Sabbath songs that Ozzy played, and at times the guitar position altered between Zakk Wylde (“Black Label Society”), Dave Navarro (“Jane’s Addiction”) and Tom Morello (“Rage Against The Machine”).
For the final encore, the Black Sabbath song “Paranoid” was played and all members (Ozzy Osbourne, Gus G., Rob Nicholson, Tommy Clufetos, Geezer Butler, Zakk Wylde, Dave Navarro and Tom Morello all took the stage together…and then, as Ozzy promised, the popular Japanese mascot character “Funassyi” (who represents Funabashi, Chiba, Japan) was invited onstage to get hosed down by Ozzy Osbourne. (Throughout his show, Ozzy sprayed the front row of the audience with a foam hose, as he often does at his concerts).
(All photos in this post were taken by my wife, my daughters and myself…except for the 19 that are from the official OzzFestJapan website (and labeled as such)).
The setlist that Ozzy Osbourne & friends played:
- I Don’t Know
- Mr. Crowley (with Tom Morello)
- Bark at the Moon (with Tom Morello)
- Suicide Solution
- Flying High Again
- Shot in the Dark
- Guitar solo / Bass solo / Drum solo
- Iron Man (with Tom Morello and Geezer Butler)
- N.I.B. (with Tom Morello and Geezer Butler)
- Snowblind (with Geezer Butler)
- Behind the Wall of Sleep (with Geezer Butler)
- War Pigs (with Geezer Butler and Dave Navarro)
- Fairies Wear Boots (with Geezer Butler and Dave Navarro)
- I Don’t Want to Change the World (with Zakk Wylde)
- Crazy Train (with Zakk Wylde)
- Mama, I’m Coming Home (with Zakk Wylde)
- Paranoid (with Geezer Butler, Tom Morello, Dave Navarro, Zakk Wylde and Funassyi)