Last night, one night after the astronomical energy of the lunar eclipse, everyone’s favorite Long Island tribute band, the ever-popular The Wizard of Ozz, continued to show why they have been the ultimate Ozzy tribute band for almost 30 years. As they did last year, around the middle of August, Johnny and the boys returned to the outdoor venue known as Popei’s Clam Bar in nearby Coram, NY…and, in almost repeat fashion, completely awed the audience (which, for the first time in a few years, included my now-18 year old youngest daughter) with their spot-on rendition of all of the classics that we know and love.
As you may remember, the venue itself is not very big (the stage is part of the patio area set up for the bar’s “smoking area” in the rear of the place. However, with that said, the amazing set-up crew (of Nicky Traylor, Steve-O and Steve Houmis) did their absolute best to make sure that the band sounded as amazing as they did last night. True to form in repeating the output of last year’s show, everything ran especially well, considering the space didn’t impede the success of the show!!!
From the opening number (the omnipresent “I Don’t Know”) through the finale of their other main song “Paranoid” (complete with John’s daughter Brianna on drums, as happens a lot of the time), John and Petey (the prevalent drummer of the band), along with Tony and Dennis (“rotating” bassist and guitarist on this go-around), and Mark (keyboards) ROCKED THE HELL out of the small (yet always packed) venue, with such hits as “Flying High Again”, “Mr. Crowley”, “Shot in the Dark”, “I Don’t Wanna Change the World” and, of course, the always-sought anthem “Sweet Leaf”.
Also, among the set, were the great numbers “War Pigs” (yes, as usual, complete with audience participation), “Suicide Solution”, “Mama, I’m Coming Home”, “N.I.B.” (after a small bass solo from Tony), “Bark At the Moon” and “Crazy Train” before wrapping up with a newer edition to the repertoire, the awesome track known as “Children of the Grave”…after which, Petey surrendered his “drumming duties” for the finale of “Paranoid”, featuring Brianna’s stunning work on the skins!
With this particular show in the books, a huge thank you to the band, the road crew AND the venue for another wonderful night of Ozzymania…one that I know my family (including BOTH of my children, for once, and, hopefully, the forseeable future) absolutely enjoyed and will continue to experience in the years to come!
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\