Black Sabbath And Andrew W.K. Will Decimate the Gorge
by Dave Segal
on Sat, Aug 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM
(Gorge Amphitheatre) Black Sabbath's new Rick Rubin–produced album, 13, is not bad, surprisingly, for a band that peaked in the first half of the 1970s. Of course, these doom-metal pioneers have earned some slack-cutting by this point, and the fact that they're even alive in 2013 is a blessed miracle. Hearing their iconic, powerfully downward-spiraling rock in the beautiful outdoors may cause cognitive dissonance, but the prospect still causes tingles of anticipation. A perusal of recent set lists reveals an emphasis on Sabbath's first four albums, the group's strongest phase (but no "Planet Caravan" or "Sweet Leaf"—boo!). Also: Nothing against drummer Tommy Clufetos, but this tour is marred by original member Bill Ward's absence. With Andrew W.K.