Black Sabbath back on top

  • By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:18pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Black Sabbath took a long time to reach the top.

The legendary heavy metal band, fronted by Ozzy Osbourne, never claimed a No. 1 record in the previous four decades.

But when the group’s founding members reunited for “13,” the stars aligned. The resulting album not only topped the Billboard 200, but was greeted by enthusiastic reviews, with critics praising the record’s back-to-basics approach.

Now the band is on the road, set to headline the Gorge Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The group, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, is playing both new material and its biggest hits on its summer tour. Fans can expect to hear “Paranoid” and “Iron Man.”

Tickets are $63.85 to $149.50 at or 800-745-3000.

Black Sabbath aren’t the only senior citizens taking the stage in the coming week.

Willie Nelson and the Family will play Marymoor Park at 7 Friday night.

Nelson, who turned 80 this year, is arguably the most iconic country musician operating today. He started his career in the 1960s as a songwriter, penning hits like “Crazy” for Patsy Cline.

Eventually he broke out on his own, with his album “Red Headed Stranger,” which appealed to country, folk and pop audiences alike. He has managed to straddle that same line for decades.

Nelson most recently released “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” a collection of standards he recorded with his backing band, the Family.

Tickets are $45 to $65 at

Chris Isaak also is back on the road, and will play the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Isaak made his name in the early 1990s by channeling the rockabilly of Sun Studios, the Memphis studio famous for its early work with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.

In fact, Isaak’s most recent album, 2011’s “Beyond the Sun,” found him covering some of the songs by those greats. Fans can see live how those covers stack up against Isaak’s own compositions, which include the hits “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Wicked Game.”

Tickets are $59.20 to $85.70 at or 800-745-3000.

Then, concertgoers can hunker down at the Showbox SoDo for a string of shows.

First up is Three Days Grace, which will headline the venue at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The angsty alt-metal band is touring now behind “Transit of Venus,” an album, which hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

Tickets are $26.50 at or 888-929-7849.

The following night, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Showbox SoDo will host Danzig.

The legendary punk rock singer is getting some help from an old friend during his current summer tour. Doyle, who played guitar with the Misfits when Danzig was fronting that band, will join the singer on stage.

Tickets are $35 at or 888-929-7849.

And then, Snoop Dogg will play the Showbox SoDo at 9 p.m. Aug. 29, as he continues to tour under his new reggae-influenced alias Snoop Lion.

Snoop is touring behind “Reincarnated,” an album that, unsurprisingly, still finds the rapper saying nice things about weed.

Tickets are $39.95 at or 888-929-7849.

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