The biggest heavy metal band of all time and one of the most influential in the music history, Black Sabbath unfortunately came to a real “End” this year. Now, they are releasing a special in video the special last concert in the band’s hometown at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on February 4, 2017.
With a set list that includes “Iron Man”, “Paranoid”, “War Pigs” and many more, the high production values, visual effects, and pyrotechnics wowed fans, as the band delivered the most emotionally charged show in their history.
And they just released as teaser for the concert, the classic song from the second album “War Pigs”.
The original title of “War Pigs” was “Walpurgis”, dealing with the witches’ Sabbath. “Walpurgis is sort of like Christmas for Satanists. And to me, war was the big Satan”, said bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler. “It wasn’t about politics or government or anything. It was [about] evil. So I was saying ‘generals gathered in the masses / just like witches at black masses’ to make an analogy.
But when we brought it to the record company, they thought ‘Walpurgis’ sounded too Satanic. And that’s when we turned it into ‘War Pigs’. But we didn’t change the lyrics, because they were already finished.” Prior to its official release, the band often altered the lyrics significantly when performing it live.
An example of this can be found on Ozzy Osbourne’s compilation The Ozzman Cometh, which features an early version recorded by Black Sabbath for BBC Radio 1 on 26 April 1970.
While Butler has said that “War Pigs” is “totally against the Vietnam War, about how these rich politicians and rich people start all the wars for their benefit and get all the poor people to die for them”, vocalist Osbourne has stated that the group “knew nothing about Vietnam. It’s just an anti-war song.” The song’s instrumental outro is entitled “Luke’s Wall”.
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