Watch Black Sabbath Desecrate Prime-Time Television With ‘End of the Beginning’
Iron Men rock a staged crowd for eight-minutes on 'CSI'
Heavy metal elder statesmen Black Sabbath treated CBS’ elderly audience to eight minutes of hell-raising rock on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’s last month, and now the episode is available online.
Originally aired on May 15, the performance debuted “End of the Beginning,” the long lead-off track to Sabbath’s Rick Rubin-produced new album 13, and ate up a sizable portion of cop drama’s 43-minute run time. That explains why Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and guitarist Tony Iommi look so excited, milking every second of screen time. In a questionable cinematographic choice, the video toggles from black-and-white to color around the three-minute mark, as the song starts to heat up. The staged audience is just really feeling it.
“I’m not an actor,” Osbourne said in a behind-the-scenes clip. “It’s like a hurry-up-and-wait. When you see it on TV, it’s all done, but when you’re filming, there’s a lot of stuff going on.”
Of course Ozzy’s no stranger to the camera, after starring on the MTV hit show The Osbournes for four years. More recently, though, we saw him in the epic dystopian “God Is Dead?” video.