Live Review: Bass Player Live! Featuring Geezer Butler, Corey Taylor, Zakk Wylde, and More
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:56:25
As he accepted the Bass Player Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler announced to the audience at Bass Player Live!, "Tonight's proven that metal musicians are probably the best in the world".
Count Butler among them. He anchored Black Sabbath from the jump with his ominous four-string witchery and vivid, vibrant lyrics. On Saturday night, a myriad of metal's elite paid homage with a stirring, stunning, and soaring set of Sabbath classics.
Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor delivered five of the legendary outfit's anthems with palpable reverence. At the same time, Taylor respectfully infused his own panache, poise, and power—making for a heavy metal dream come to life that bridged his generation and that of Butler. During "Children of the Grave" with Megadeth's Chris Broderick on guitar and David Ellefson on bass as well as Anthrax smasher Charlie Benante on drums, Taylor led the charge to the tombstones, elegantly carrying the pummeling hook to heavenly heights before driving it right back home to Hell.
Before a hazy and hypnotic "Hand of Doom", Taylor admitted, "I never heard this live before". However, along with Benante and Broderick, he delivered a rendition worthy of the original in terms of psychological heft and vocal mastery.
Before "The Wizard" as Zakk Wylde took the stage, Taylor announced, "We've got something a little fucking special because as you can see Zakk is not putting on his guitar!"
Wylde churned out the track's immortal harmonica melody flawlessly as the band brought the audience back into the heart of Black Sabbath's legendary self-titled debut. Meanwhile, Jason Newsted, Wylde, and Benante locked and loaded "War Pigs" with their own firepower that proved ostensibly explosive as Taylor delivered every word with a big smile.
Paranoid epic "Fairies Wear Boots" saw Butler join a bowing Taylor as the band launched into a note perfect rendition. Fittingly, the tribute closed on Wylde's searing and soaring "N.I.B." complete with Butler ripping that classic lick. Other highlights included Sebastian Bach's "Heaven and Hell" and Doug Pinnick's "Supernaut". All in all, Butler surely isn't the only member of Sabbath who would be proud, and metal still does have the best musicians in the world.
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