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Black Sabbath Shakes The Gorge
Black Sabbath - The Gorge - WA 8/24/13

Who would've thought in the year 2013 I'd be saying Black Sabbath just achieved their first #1 Billboard charting album ("13"), they'd be touring the world as one of the biggest grossing acts or actually saying Ozzy is still singing and alive. With their crazy past it just doesn't make any sense I'm stating all this but to our joy we can say the Godfathers of Metal have tested and won against father time. With Ozzy always fighting with his addictions and Tony Iommi still fighting his lymphoma you just don't know when the Sabbath train will truly come to the end. With Geezer Butler on bass you have 3 out of the 4 original members on tour with original drummer Bill Ward never back in the band because of contractual issues. Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk did the drums on the new album and Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy's band) is doing the tour duties on drums. Tommy is amazing but how cool would've it been if you had the original 4 members (all in their mid 60s) playing again. I think the tour would've been even bigger than it has been, but since it didn't we'll take what we have.


Black Sabbath didn't disappoint a near capacity crowd at the Gorge with a 2-hour set that included many of the classics and new tunes off the amazing new "13" album, their first in 35 years! Check it out, it's one of my favorites of the year so far. The classic sound and vibe are still there after all these years. Check out the video for "God is Dead?"

Setlist: War Pigs/Into the Void/Under the Sun -Every Day Comes and Goes/Snowblind/Age of Reason/Black Sabbath/Behind the Wall of Sleep/N.I.B./End of the Beginning/Fairies Wear Boots/Rat Salad/Drum Solo/Iron Man/God Is Dead?/Dirty Women/Children of the Grave/Encore: Paranoid

I knew the band was gonna be a machine this night with Geezer/Iommi & the hard hitting Clufetos, but the wildcard was Ozzy who got sick towards the end of the set in Vancouver two nights before and had to cut the show short. As soon as Ozzy walked onstage I snapped my first shot of him and it was this huge smile, I knew right off the bat (no pun intended with Ozzy ha) this was gonna be a good night.


Opening with the theatric "War Pigs" there was so many good songs throughout the set, but my favorites had the be the haunting and powerful "Black Sabbath" when everyone in the crowd held up their lighters and cell phones during the intro bell blasts. That was so cool and when "Fairies Wear Boots" was played later I had my own little jamming moments in our special (what I call) crow nests section. Yes me & my wife were the only band guests up and side stage so we had our own 20x10ft platform to view down on the band and crowd. As a super long time fan and shooting the first two songs in the front pit to go from there to up here for the rest of the show was a little shocking as a long time Sabbath fan. Check out our view we had from my cell phone pic below! We saw Sharon across the way and thought maybe she'd join us but nope, it was all ours for the night.

Toni Iommi and Geezer Butler, the guitarist/bassist blue-print to every band in Heavy Metal today were so good tonight. The sound and tone were just amazing live and Ozzy was even better than his normal off-key singing this night. I mean he wasn't anywhere perfect but lets give Ozzy some credit, at 64 years old most guys wish they could even get on any stage at that age and jump around for 2 hours and do what Ozzy still does. The whole night Ozzy was having fun with the crowd and especially his band members as seen in the photo below with Ozzy & Geezer.

Overall anyone that was there I bet felt like they got their monies worths. Visially awesome stage with no fire, smoke or bombs anywhere in sight. It was all about the music tonight! I finally got to shoot Ozzy and better yet with Black Sabbath! Still pinching myself the day after!

For more Black Sabbath photos check out the gallery on KISW Photo Gallery and on my Facebook page for even more exclusive photos like Geezer's equipment: Savoia Photography Live

"Iron" Mike Savoia

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KISW's Pain in the Grass & Dreamfest 2013

September 2013 is your month to get outta the house you Rockaholics!!! KISW is sponsoring two major multi-day concerts you need to buy tickets for fast!

September 6&7th at The Gorge: KISW's Pain in the Grass 2013 and September 22&23rd at Louie G's KISW's Loud & Local sponsored Dreamfest 2013!

Confirmed artists to perform at the 2-Day KISW Pain in the Grass: Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Jane’s Addiction, Volbeat, Coheed And Cambria, All That Remains, HIM, Circa Survive, Baroness, Airbourne, Walking Papers, Danko Jones, Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Attika 7, Heaven’s Basement, Mindset Evolution, and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show plus more! Add in some of our Seattle area local heavyweights on the side-stage like Windowpane, BlackBeatBlue, Girl on Fire, Princess, Endino's Earthworm, The People Now, & Curse Of The North and you have two days of national and local band talents for the ages! 
Advanced general admission tickets are $99.90 for a 2-day pass (this price includes the $12 parking fee). Tickets are $59.50 for a single day pass ( this price includes the $6 parking fee). Advance tickets are available through Day of show price is $110 for the two day on Friday. Friday and Saturday day of show price is $65. CLICK HERE for the official KISW Pain in the Grass 2013 website for all the show info! Watch the days following for all our photo/video coverage from Pain in the Grass 2013!

On September 21st & 22nd KISW 99.9 Loud & Local / Louie G's Pizza / Pyramid Stage & Lighting / Jazzbones presents Dreamfest 2013! The Local Music Event of the Year hosted by Louie G's in Fife, WA. Dreamfest is not only showcasing many of the Northwests best local bands on their huge arena-like outdoor stage from Pyramid Stage & Lighting, but are also raising money and awareness for the Burned Children Recovery Foundation in an effort to support the over 280,000 children burned annually in the United States. Donations help Phoenix House, Camp Phoenix, counseling and many other support services for not only the children but their families as well.

Dreamfest 2013 will be an all-ages, all-day into the night, two-day rock music festival featuring many prominent bands from Washington State. Louie G's famous pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs and incredible pizza will be orderable onsite and when you're done eating or throughout the day remember to get yourself a cup of  chilled "Iron" Mike chocolate pudding at Louie G's for only $1. All proceeds go to the The Burned Children Recovery Foundation! You know I love my puddin' so you should too! ;) Raffles, prizes, t-shirts and other prizes will be given away! See Louie talk about Dreamfest 2013 live on King-5 TV September 9th at 11am on New Day Northwest! Check out all the killer bands (many about to break out of our local scene and heard on KISW's Loud & Local with Jolene) and links below. Buy your tickets now to Dreamfest online at Brown Paper Tickets:

Day 1 (9/21/13):
Windowpane (Headliner)
Riot in Rhythm:
Amadon (CD Release):
The Fame Riot:
Ben Union:
The Fail Safe Project:
Jason Kertson and The Immortals:
The Crying Spell:
Mom's Rocket:
Insuburban Avenue:
Clear the Chaos:

Day 2 (9/22/13):
Randy Hansen(Headliner)
Nolan Garrett
Sweet Kiss Momma
C-Leb & The Kettle Black
The Approach
Lady Justice
Rikk Beatty
Suspicious By Nature
The Mural Project
Fistful of Dollars

Buy your tickets now to Dreamfest online at Brown Paper Tickets:
Dreamfest 2013 on Facebook:

See ya at both shows!
"Iron" Mike Savoia

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Walking Papers level Easy Street Records

In celebration of their debut re-release as regular & deluxe versions on Loud & Proud Records 8/6/13, the Walking Papers played a free show at Easy Street Records in West Seattle Monday night 8/5/13. Fans were treated with a seven song set (see photo below) with a meet and greet signing afterwards. You could also buy the new released CD a day early too. 

Awesome to see the turn-out at Easy Street Records, even pouring out to the street in support! It was hot and cramped like sardines in there and the stage, well lets say this, Duff assigned me to make sure he didn't fall off the stage ha! No close calls thank goodness!

The deluxe Loud & Proud Records iTunes version contains these extra bonus tracks: "The Butcher" (feat. Synergia Northwest Orchestra) [Live at the Moore Theater], "I’ll Stick Around" (feat. Mike McCready & the Synergia Northwest Orchestra) [Live at the Moore Theater], "Capital T" (Live at the Kill Room), and "The Whole World’s Watching" (Live at the Kill Room). 

The exclusive limited Best Buy Digipak version contains four exclusive live tracks, "Already Dead," "Two Tickets and a Room," "Leave Me in the Dark" and "The Whole World's Watching," featuring Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.

Make sure to check out the Walking Papers on the upcoming Uproar Festival Tour w/ Alice in Chains starting 8/9/13 in Scranton, PA and for us Seattle Rockaholics our next chance to see the band will be at KISW's Pain in the Grass 2013 September 7th at the Gorge so buy your tickets HERE now before it's sold-out!!!

The Walking Papers are basically a little (soon to be big) Seattle supergroup consisting of the incredibly talented & mesmerizing frontman Jeff Angell - Guitars, Lead Vocals (The Missionary Position) - Barrett Martin - Drums (Mad Season/Screaming Trees) - Duff McKagan - Bass (GNR, Loaded) and Benjamin Anderson - Keyboards (The Missionary Position/Rorschach Test). Their self-titled debut album, produced by Angell and Martin and also mixed by Jack Endino, was orginally released on Martin's Sunyata Records October 2, 2012 and also featured contributions by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready. Mike has been seen playing live with the Walking Papers numerous times in the Seattle area. Check out the pics from KISW's Pain in the Grass 2012!

Earlier in the day the band preformed "Leave Me In The Dark" live at KISW on the BJ Shea show:

Hear the full BJ on-air KISW 99.9fm interview:

Full set of photos will be posted on my Facebook page later today:

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