With an epic, classic laden set

Black Sabbath closed this year's instalment of Download last night (June 10th) with an epic set.

Black Sabbath have a good claim for the patent behind metal. Sludgy riffs? Check. Wailing vocals? Check. Lyrics about fairies who wear boots? Hell yes.

So when the band opted to return last year, the organisers of Download made the sensible decision to coax Black Sabbath into returning to Donnington. Sitting on top of a typically vast bill, the iconic group closed the festival last night with an epic set.

Emerging onstage to cheers from the vast crowd, Black Sabbath opened with the self-titled cut from their debut album. Playing a set laden with classics, Tony Iommi won admiration by spitting out riff after riff.

Currently recovering from cancer, the guitarist earned a short tribute from Ozzy Osbourne. Addressing the crowd, the singer said: "The guy on the stage I've known for most of my life, and he's one of the strongest guys I know. Let's hear it for Mr Tony Iommi."

Ending with - what else? - 'Paranoid' the full set list reads as follows:

'Black Sabbath'
'The Wizzard'
'Behind The Wall Of Sleep'
'Into The Void'
'Under The Sun'
'War Pigs'
'Electric Funeral'
'Wheels of Confusion'
'Sweet Leaf'
'Symptom Of The Universe'
'Iron Man'
'Fairies Wear Boots'
'Tomorrows Dream'
'Dirty Women'
'Children of the Grave'

Photo credit: Ross Halfin

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