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While it was in Fe­bru­ary this year that Black Sab­bath of­fi­cially wrapped up their lat­est re­union – and, in­deed, their en­tire ca­reer – 20 years ago next month marks a piv­otal mo­ment for the god­fa­thers of heavy metal. In De­cem­ber 1997, fol­low­ing a re­united stint on that year’s Oz­zfest, the four orig­i­nal mem­bers of Black Sab­bath con­vened upon Birm­ing­ham’s NEC for two his­toric nights in their home­town.

Ozzy Os­bourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – who’d missed the Oz­zfest tour due to a prior com­mit­ment – played their home­town to­gether for the first time in al­most two decades – shows that would be doc­u­mented in the suit­ably named Re­union live video. Ris­ing up through a sea of fog and launch­ing straight into War Pigs, the icons kicked off a fas­ci­nat­ing if bumpy new era for the band that would see them play and tour to­gether a num­ber of times over the fol­low­ing years – most re­cently, of course, with­out Bill.

Still, at that point in time, all the metal world knew was that Sab­bath were back and on blind­ing form once again. “Come on, you fuck­ers!” bel­lowed a vis­i­bly de­lighted Ozzy. Birm­ing­ham duly obliged.

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