The tag line for the Black and Blue documentary put it thusly: "1.5 million saw it live… Now hear and experience the power and the glory again & again & again." With a plug like that, you'd think the movie featured some sort of era-defining political rally, but nope, this is a pretty standard music film, which splices together Nassau Coliseum sets by hard-rock giants Black Sabbath, pictured, and Blue Öyster Cult, taken from their 1980 joint tour. Still, for devotees of these legendary crews, this is a killer find. And all you lucky Gothamites can catch Black and Blue tonight, Tuesday, December 16, at Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema. Go here for tickets. Introducing the feature is local drummer, Howard Stern associate and all-around metal maven Richard Christy.
Black and Blue catches the mighty Sabbath in transitional mode, with founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler taking the stage alongside then-new recruits Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. (Watch it, Ozzy purists: This is three fourths of the lineup that record 1980's Heaven and Hell, which documented one of rock's most memorable reboots.) As for Blue Öyster Cult, the film captures the Long Island institution in its classic lineup, playing in front of an adoring hometown crowd.
Preview the Sabbath footage below, and imagine how killer this is going to look and sound on the big screen: