This 25-minute U.S. television performance is currently the only pro-shot footage in circulation from the "Sabotage" era. It was Sabbath’s first appearance on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, a late night music showcase that ran from 1973 to 1981.
For quite a while, we have been led to believe that this show was filmed at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA, USA, due mainly to the claims of a few Sabbath collectors. In March 2004, Dave Tangye set the record straight in his book "How Black Was My Sabbath". We were in the right state and off by a few days, but the Don Kirshner film is actually from a show at Santa Monica Civic Center in Santa Monica, CA. I'm still looking for confirmation on the exact date, but my best guess would be September 3rd or 4th, 1975.
The performance itself is excellent! The band are enjoying themselves and Ozzy has his voice under control. The film allows us to see the 'snowflakes' the band used during their 1975 performances of "Snowblind". It's kind of funny to see these flakes covering the band as they played. You can see the white stuff all over the stage for the remainder of their set! For "Black Sabbath, a large silver cross was raised above Bill's drum set. Also, note the carnations that adorned Bill's drum kit. This was a decoration he had adopted for that particular tour.
The arrangement of "War Pigs" is a bit skewed, as though the band went into the wrong section at one point. They are able to recover the song without noticably screwing up.
It's a great show, it rocks! Enjoy!
- Killing yourself to live
- Hole in the sky
- War Pigs
BLACK SABBATH - Don Kirshner's Rock Concert