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Formed in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, Black Sabbath is one of the most influential Heavy Metal bands of all time.

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Biography Black Sabbath has been so influential in the development of heavy metal rock music as to be a defining force in the style. The group took the blues-rock sound of late '60s acts like Cream, Blue Cheer, and Vanilla Fudge to its logical conclusion, slowing the tempo, accentuating the bass, and emphasizing screaming guitar solos and howled vocals full of lyrics expressing mental anguish and macabre fantasies. If their predecessors clearly came out of an electrified blues tradition, Black Sabbath took that tradition in a new direction, and in so doing helped give birth to a musical style that continued to attract millions of fans decades later.

The group was formed by four teenage friends from Aston, near Birmingham, England: Anthony "Tony" Iommi (b. Feb 19, 1948), guitar; William "Bill" Ward (b. May 5, 1948), drums; John "Ozzy" Osbourne (b. Dec 3, 1948), vocals; and Terence "Geezer" Butler (b. Jul 17, 1949), bass. They originally called their jazz-blues band Polka Tulk, later renaming themselves Earth, and they played extensively in Europe. In early 1969, they decided to change their name again when they found that they were being mistaken for another group called Earth. Butler had written a song that took its title from a novel by occult writer Dennis Wheatley, Black Sabbath, and the group adopted it as their name as well. As they attracted attention for their live performances, record labels showed interest, and they were signed to Phillips Records in 1969. In January 1970, the Phillips subsidiary Fontana released their debut single, "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)," a cover of a song that had just become a U.S. hit for Crow; it did not chart. The following month, a different Phillips subsidiary, Vertigo, released Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album, which reached the U.K. Top Ten. Though it was a less immediate success in the U.S. — where the band's recordings were licensed to Warner Bros. Records and appeared in May 1970 — the LP broke into the American charts in August, reaching the Top 40, remaining in the charts over a year, and selling a million copies.
Appearing at the start of the '70s, Black Sabbath embodied the Balkanization of popular music that followed the relatively homogenous second half of the 1960s. As exemplified by its most popular act, the Beatles, the 1960s suggested that many different aspects of popular music could be integrated into an eclectic style with a broad appeal. The Beatles were as likely to perform an acoustic ballad as a hard rocker or R&B-influenced tune. At the start of the 1970s, however, those styles began to become more discrete for new artists, with soft rockers like James Taylor and the Carpenters emerging to play only ballad material, and hard rockers like Led Zeppelin and Grand Funk Railroad taking a radically different course, while R&B music turned increasingly militant. The first wave of rock critics, which had come into existence with the Beatles, was dismayed with this development, and the new acts tended to be poorly reviewed despite their popularity. Black Sabbath, which took an even more extreme tack than the still blues- and folk-based Led Zeppelin, was lambasted by critics (and though they eventually made their peace with Zeppelin, they never did with Sabbath). But the band had discovered a new audience eager for its uncompromising approach. Black Sabbath quickly followed its debut album with a second album, Paranoid, in September 1970. The title track, released as a single in advance of the LP, hit the Top Five in the U.K., and the album went to number one there. In the U.S., where the first album had just begun to sell, Paranoid was held up for release until January 1971, again preceded by the title track, which made the singles charts in November; the album broke into the Top Ten in March 1971 and remained in the charts over a year, eventually selling over four million copies, by far the band's best-selling effort. (Its sales were stimulated by the belated release of one of its tracks, "Iron Man," as a U.S. single in early 1972; the 45 got almost halfway up the charts, the band's best showing for an American single.) Master of Reality, the third album, followed in August 1971, reaching the Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic and selling over a million copies. Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 (September 1972) was another Top Ten million-seller. For Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (November 1973), the band brought in Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman on one track, signaling a slight change in musical direction; it was Black Sabbath's fifth straight Top Ten hit and million-seller. In 1974, the group went through managerial disputes that idled them for an extended period. When they returned to action in July 1975 with their sixth album, Sabotage, they were welcomed back at home, but in the U.S. the musical climate had changed, making things more difficult for an album-oriented band with a heavy style, and though the LP reached the Top 20, it did not match previous sales levels. Black Sabbath's record labels quickly responded with a million-selling double-LP compilation, We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll (December 1975), and the band contemplated a more pronounced change of musical style. This brought about disagreement, with guitarist Iommi wanting to add elements to the sound, including horns, and singer Osbourne resisting any variation in the formula.
Technical Ecstasy (October 1976), which adopted some of Iommi's innovations, was another good — but not great — seller, and Osbourne's frustration eventually led to his quitting the band in November 1977. He was replaced for some live dates by former Savoy Brown singer Dave Walker, then returned in January 1978. Black Sabbath recorded its eighth album, Never Say Die! (September 1978), the title track becoming a U.K. Top 40 hit before the LP's release and "Hard Road" making the Top 40 afterwards.

But the singles did not improve the album's commercial success, which was again modest, and Osbourne left Black Sabbath for a solo career, replaced in June 1979 by former Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio (b. June 10, 1949). (Also during this period, keyboardist Geoff Nichols became a regular part of the band's performing and recording efforts, though he was not officially considered a band member until later.) The new lineup took its time getting into the recording studio, not releasing its first effort until April 1980 with Heaven and Hell. The result was a commercial resurgence. In the U.S., the album was a million-seller; in Britain, it was a Top Ten hit that threw off two chart singles, "Neon Knights" and "Die Young." (At the same time, the band's former British record label issued a five-year old concert album, Black Sabbath Live at Last, that was quickly withdrawn, though not before making the U.K. Top Five, and reissued "Paranoid" as a single, getting it into the Top 20.)

Meanwhile, drummer Bill Ward left Black Sabbath due to ill health and was replaced by Vinnie Appice. The lineup of Iommi, Butler, Dio, and Appice then recorded Mob Rules (November 1981), which was almost as successful as its predecessor: In the U.S., it went gold, and in the U.K. it reached the Top 20 and spawned two chart singles, the title track and "Turn up the Night." Next on the schedule was a concert album, but Iommi and Dio clashed over the mixing of it, and by the time Live Evil appeared in January 1983, Dio had left Black Sabbath, taking Appice with him.

The group reorganized by persuading original drummer Bill Ward to return and, in a move that surprised heavy metal fans, recruiting Ian Gillan (b. Aug. 19, 1945), former lead singer of Black Sabbath rivals Deep Purple. This lineup — Iommi, Butler, Ward, and Gillan — recorded Born Again, released in September 1983. Black Sabbath hit the road prior to the album's release, with drummer Bev Bevan (b. Nov 25, 1946) substituting for Ward, who would return to the band in the spring of 1984. The album was a Top Five hit in the U.K. but only made the Top 40 in the U.S. Gillan remained with Black Sabbath until March 1984, when he joined a Deep Purple reunion and was replaced by singer Dave Donato, who was in the band until October without being featured on any of its recordings.

Black Sabbath reunited with Ozzy Osbourne for its set at the Live Aid concert on July 13, 1985, but soon after the performance, bassist Geezer Butler left the band, and with that the group became guitarist Tony Iommi's vehicle, a fact emphasized by the next album, Seventh Star, released in January 1986 and credited to "Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi." On this release, the lineup was Iommi (guitar); another former Deep Purple singer, Glenn Hughes (b. Aug 21, 1952) (vocals); Dave Spitz (bass); Geoff Nichols (keyboards); and Eric Singer (drums). The album was a modest commercial success, but the new band began to fragment immediately, with Hughes replaced by singer Ray Gillen for the promotional tour in March 1986.

With Black Sabbath now consisting of Iommi and his employees, personnel changes were rapid. The Eternal Idol (November 1987), which failed to crack the U.K. Top 50 or the U.S. Top 100, featured a returning Bev Bevan, bassist Bob Daisley, and singer Tony Martin. Bevan and Daisley didn't stay long, and there were several replacements in the bass and drum positions over the next couple of years. Headless Cross (April 1989), the band's first album for I.R.S. Records, found veteran drummer Cozy Powell (b. Dec 29, 1947, d. Apr 5, 1998) and bassist Laurence Cottle joining Iommi and Martin. It marked a slight uptick in Black Sabbath's fortunes at home, with the title song managing a week in the singles charts. Shortly after its release, Cottle was replaced by bassist Neil Murray. With Geoff Nichols back on keyboards, this lineup made Tyr (August 1990), which charted in the Top 40 in the U.K. but became Black Sabbath's first regular album to miss the U.S. charts.

Iommi was able to reunite the 1979-1983 lineup of the band — himself, Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio, and Vinnie Appice — for Dehumanizer (June 1992), which brought Black Sabbath back into the American Top 50 for the first time in nine years, while in the U.K. the album spawned "TV Crimes," their first Top 40 hit in a decade. And on November 15, 1992, Iommi, Butler, and Appice backed Ozzy Osbourne as part of what was billed as the singer's final live appearance. Shortly after, it was announced that Osbourne would be rejoining Black Sabbath. That didn't happen — yet. Instead, Dio and Appice left again, and Iommi replaced them by bringing back Tony Martin and adding drummer Bob Rondinelli.

Cross Purposes (February 1994) was a modest seller, and, with Iommi apparently maintaining a Rolodex of all former members from which to pick and choose, the next album, Forbidden (June 1995), featured returning musicians Cozy Powell, Geoff Nichols, and Neil Murray, along with Iommi and Martin. The disc spent only one week in the British charts, suggesting that Black Sabbath finally had exhausted its commercial appeal, at least as a record seller. With that, the group followed the lead of the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, putting the most popular lineup of the band back together for a live album with a couple of new studio tracks on it. Recorded in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England, in December 1997, the two-CD set Reunion — featuring all four of Black Sabbath's original members, Iommi, Osbourne, Butler, and Ward — was released in October 1998. It charted only briefly in the U.K., but in the U.S. it just missed reaching the Top Ten and went platinum. The track "Iron Man" won Black Sabbath its first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. The band toured through the end of 1999, concluding their reunion tour on December 22, 1999, back in Birmingham.

In February 2001, Black Sabbath announced that it would reunite once again to headline the sixth edition of Ozzfest, Osbourne's summer concert festival, playing 29 cities in the U.S. beginning in June. More surprisingly, the group also announced its intention to record a studio album of all-new material, the original lineup's first since 1978. By the end of the year, a failed recording session with producer Rick Rubin proved what an unreasonable idea this was, and the band laid dormant while Osbourne enjoyed scoring a hit TV series the following spring. by William Ruhlmann

Studio Albums:

Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid (1970)
Master Of Reality (1971)
Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (1972)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Sabotage (1975)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)

Never Say Die! (1978)
Heaven and Hell (1980)
Mob Rules (1981)

Born Again (1983)
Seventh Star (1986)
The Eternal Idol (1987)

Headless Cross (1989)
Tyr (1990)
Dehumanizer (1992)

Cross Purposes (1994)
Forbidden (1995)

Live Albums:

Live Evil (1982)
Cross Purposes Live (1995)

Reunion (1998)
Black Mass EP (1999)
Past Lives (2002)
Live at Hammersmith Odeon (2007)

Compilation Albums:

We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'n' Roll (1975)
The Sabbath Stones (1996)

Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978 (2002)
Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978) (2004)

Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (2006)
Black Sabbath: The Dio Years (2007)
The Rules Of Hell (2008)
Paranoid Deluxe Edition (2009)


Never Say Die (1978)
Black and Blue (1980)
The Black Sabbath Story, Vol. 1 (1992)
The Black Sabbath Story, Vol. 2 (1992)

Cross Purposes Live (1995)
The Last Supper (1999)
Inside Black Sabbath - 1970-1992 (1999)
Black Sabbath's Paranoid (2005)

Black Sabbath - Rock Review (2005)
In Their Own Words (2007)

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It's Official! BLACK SABBATH Reunite For Album, Tour

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Cult Heroes No. 50: Black Sabbath

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on November 28, 2013 at 9:29am

Sounds like you had a great time.  Nice pix below.

Comment by Niels (Mod) on November 28, 2013 at 3:30am

Another one. It is DEFiNITELY not the same, as being there, becuase it was magical. But even though Ozzy is out of key most of the times, who cares! It was soooo great:

Comment by Niels (Mod) on November 28, 2013 at 3:25am

And a video:

Comment by Niels (Mod) on November 28, 2013 at 3:14am

Here's some nice pictures from the AWESOME concert I attended 2 days ago:



The setlist:

1. War Pigs
2. Into the Void
3. Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
4. Snowblind
5. Age of Reason
6. Black Sabbath
7. Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep
8. Bassically/N.I.B.
9. End of the Beginning
10. Fairies Wear Boots
11. Rat Salad
12. Iron Man
13. Dirty Women
14. Children of the Grave

(Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)

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Black Sabbath CSICBS

Dying to hear the first single off Black Sabbath‘s upcoming ’13′ album? Better yet, would like to see the metal legends perform the tune? Well, next month you can catch Ozzy Osbourne & Co. rock out ‘End of the Beginning’ on the season finale of CBS’ hit show ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’

press release issued today (April 10) states that the band will appear in a scene in which the characters D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) and Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann) attend a Black Sabbath show while investigating a series of murders that correlate with the sins in ‘Dante’s Inferno.’

“When we first heard that Black Sabbath was interested in premiering a song on ‘CSI’ from their first studio album in 35 years, we were all really excited. So many of us are longtime fans,” said ‘CSI’ Executive Producer Don McGill. “And seeing as the album is titled ’13′ and this is the finale of ‘CSI’’s Season 13, it seemed like the perfect match. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

The ‘CSI’ season finale is set to air Wednesday, May 15, at 10PM ET. Black Sabbath’s ’13′ album will drop on June 11 and can be pre-ordered here.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on April 4, 2013 at 7:10pm


Black SabbathVertigo / Republic

Last month, Black Sabbath announced that their long-awaited album ‘13‘ would be released on June 11. Today (April 4) they revealed the cover art, as well as a 27-second clip of the music within (embedded below).

Consequence of Sound has gotten the artwork, which is comprised of what appears to be branches engineered to form the number 13, on fire in the middle of a cloudy night, with bare trees visible in the distance. OK, so it’s not as thought-provoking as, say, ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,’ but then again it’s not ‘Master of Reality,’ either.

The video that accompanies the announcement is a time-lapse camera trained on the wood as it is set ablaze. It’s hard to judge an entire album based on less than 30 seconds, but the song on the video has got us excited. It opens with a typically slammin’Tony Iommi riff. Then, the unmistakable voice ofOzzy Osbourne sings, “Nowhere to run / Nowhere to hide,” before it fades out.

’13′ is the first studio album by Black Sabbath with Ozzy on lead vocals since 1978. Drummer Brad Wilk ofRage Against the Machine has taken over for founding member Bill Ward, who couldn’t come to a contractual agreement with the other members.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 20, 2013 at 4:55pm


Armenian rockers Dorians will take the Tony Iommi-penned ‘Lonely Planet’ to the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The song’s music video — along with videos for the other 38 entries — has been made available to fans of the band, of Black Sabbath and the international song contest, now in it’s 58th year.

‘Lonely Planet’ is a socially conscious power ballad that Iommi said he wrote about five years ago. Previously he said he was surprised he was asked to contribute a song for the contention, and even more surprised when his song was chose. The rocker has a relationship with the country, having helped restore life after the devastating 1988 earthquake.

Lonely planet / Who has done it / Who can save you / Who can stop it,” Dorians lead singer Gor Sujyan sings during the chorus. A clip of the second verse includes the lines: “Who has honesty to show / Who can tell us I don’t know / Who’s the man and who’s the God.”

Each band gets to perform on May 14, with the semi-final rounds occurring two days later and the finals on May 18. Viewer votes decide who will move on, with viewers in each country prohibited from voting for their own representative. The contest has been active since 1956, with notable past-winners being Celine Dion and ABBA.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 13, 2013 at 1:41pm

BLACK SABBATH - New Album Title Official Confirmed; Street Date, Formats Detailed

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Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 12:04:46 EST 

BLACK SABBATH have officially confirmed that their nw album will be titled 13 and will be released on June 11th. 

13 was recorded primarily in Los Angeles and features the original Black Sabbath - Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi(guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) - who were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE). Produced by Rick Rubin (SLAYER, METALLICA), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the US. 

Beginning today, 13 will be available for pre-order on a variety of formats

Options include: 
- Standard CD album 

- Deluxe double CD album in a deluxe soft-pack (includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material) 

- Vinyl: a 12” heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve 

- Super Deluxe Box Set: a Limited edition 12” clamshell box set which contains: Deluxe double CD album, 12” heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve, Exclusive DVD containing Black Sabbath--The Re-union documentary, plus 5 behind-the-scenes videos, Download card containing exclusive track by track interview with Black Sabbath, 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand written album lyrics. 

In addition, anyone who pre-orders any of these formats via Blacksabbath.comwill be entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP tickets to an official 13 album launch event in London, including a meet and greet with the band, flights and accommodation Additional details and full terms and conditions on the contest can be found at

In new video reported earlier, produced by Ozzy's son Jack, Rick Rubin talks about creating the group's first studio album since 1978’s Never Say Die! 

A three-minute teaser can also be viewed below: 

In advance of the album’s release, Black Sabbath will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for a series of live performances. Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months. 

Current Black Sabbath dates are below: 

20 - Vector Arena - Auckland, New Zealand 
22 - Vector Arena - Auckland, New Zealand 
25 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia 
27 - Allphones Arena - Sydney, Australia 
29 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia 

1 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia 
4 - Perth Arena - Perth, Australia 
7 - Entertainment Centre - Adelaide, Australia 
12 - Ozzfest at Makuhari Messe - Chiba-shi, Chiba, Japan
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