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Formed: 1968
From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Black Sabbath News

Below is our complete Black Sabbath news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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First Nine Acts For Download Festival Confirmed

Feeder, Black Sabbath, and System Of A Down will headline this year’s Download festival, with organisers confirming that the Donington event will be held over three days for the first time ever.

Garbage, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Slayer and Slipknot will also play at the third annual Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park from 10-12 June.

Download organisers confirmed nine of the acts that are set to play over the weekend, with over 70 more expected to be announced in the coming months.

Garbage and Billy Idol join Feeder on the newly added Friday, as part of a bill which aims to broaden the musical scope of the festival by bringing in more ‘indie’ acts. Feeder singer Grant Nicholls enthused: “We are really excited about playing Download. This will be our biggest headline show yet and there's a bit of pressure on us to get the weekend off to a rocking start but we're used to playing on big stages and we'll put on a good show"

The following evening, Velvet Revolver and HIM will warm up for headliners Black Sabbath, the first time Ozzfest has been held since 2001. Topping the Sunday bill, prior to System Of A Down, will be Slipknot and Slayer to help close the festival in its true metal spirit!

As well as masses more bands, organisers have also promised to extend the fun of the festival to the campsite, adding a massive entertainment zone, featuring a cinema tent, a third stage bar and several campsite bars. Skate and BMX fans will be pleased to hear that the Soul Bowl will be back again and this year open until much later, with some very special guests appearing on stage.

Tickets for this year's three-day rock extravaganza went on sale at 9am this morning (Wednesday, 9 February) and are priced at £105 for a three-day ticket.

Camping tickets are to be purchased separately at a cost of £22.50, with hot showers and weekend car parking included. Festival goers purchasing three-day festival tickets but not wishing to camp will be able to purchase car parking for an additional £5 but only if the passes are purchased at the same time as the festival tickets. Car passes purchased on the day will costs £10.

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Glenn Hughes On New Iommi Album

An interview with Glenn Hughes has been posted at classicrockrevisited.com. In this interview (conducted by Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot, of all people), Glenn had some major praise for the as of yet unnamed album by Tony, which has no release date yet. Several excerpts from the interview:

Kevin: You played me the upcoming, not-yet-released Iommi-Hughes record today. I have to say that for a heavy metal record, it is just fucking huge.

Glenn: We finished it about a month ago with Kenny Aronoff. It is a mammoth, spectacle extravaganza record. It is a huge, huge album. It is classic rock and modern rock with Tony’s guitar sound and Big Daddy’s soulful overtones. It was written in Birmingham in October. Tony and I wrote about 18 songs. We realized we were missing something and we realized it so we brought in Kenny Aronoff. We didn’t want a session guy, instead we wanted someone who would play with us in a live setting. When we started playing with Kenny we knew we had what we wanted. The album was recorded between December 3rd and December the 20th at Monnow Valley in Wales. I think it really is a mammoth record.

Kevin: Will you and Iommi be doing anything live?

Glenn: Tony and I will tour the album properly when we get the right release date and the right tour in front of us. This album is too big to ignore.

Kevin: When is the release date for the album?

Glenn: I have heard the press will be flown into New York and London and have a listening party. It is a big record and when the fans hear it then they will understand why I am making such a big deal out of it. It makes a big statement.

Read the full article at classicrockrevisited.com.

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Black Sabbath To Tour Europe And North America

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that Black Sabbath will be back in action this summer. Singer-bassist Glenn Hughes, who's finishing up a new album with Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, said that Ozzy Osbourne and company will hit both Europe and North America this year, and that he might also be on the bill. "They are doing the, the festival run in Europe, and I believe — if I'm not shooting my foot off here — that they will be playing Ozzfest," he said. "And there's a rumor that Tony and I will be, with our new project, on that same bill, but I can't say that's gonna happen — but you never know."

Black Sabbath has already signed on to play Denmark's Roskilde (pronounced Ross-kill-dee) Festival, one of the largest annual music events in Europe. Roskilde, in its 34th year, will take place June 30 through July 3. Last year's festival drew 75,000 fans to hear 150 bands performing on six stages.

Other groups slated to play this year's Roskilde Festival include Green Day and Audioslave.

Osbourne is preparing for the March 22 release of "Prince of Darkness", a four-CD box set of material from throughout his career, as well as some newly recorded cover songs.

Besides the project with Iommi, which should be out this summer, Hughes has a solo album called "Soul Mover" that's due next month. It features Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and ex-Janes's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro.

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Download Festival To Be Extended To Three Days?

TotalRock reports that that this year's Download Festival at Donington MAY be run for three days. No official announcement has yet been made, but there is strong talk of the first day (June 10) having a more indie rock-oriented bill, with the second (June 11) being an Ozzfest day, headlined by Black Sabbath, and the third (June 12) featuring System Of A Down.

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Download 2005 Aims For Three Days

Having previously programmed only Saturday and Sunday, the proposed expansion would make 2005 the biggest Download ever - with both weekend and day tickets being sold for the 60,000 capacity Donington Park event.

At present, the festival is scheduled to take place on the weekend of 11-12 June but according to a popular music weekly, organisers are hoping to run the event on Friday 10th as well. It is believed that Feeder have been approached to headline that day, followed by an Ozzy Osbourne-curated Ozzfest day on the Saturday. Word is, that Ozzy may re-form Black Sabbath to headline this day!

Other strong rumours doing the rounds include Velvet Revolver, Motley Crue, The Datsuns, The Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

System Of A Down have revealed via their own website that they will be playing on the Sunday, which is expected to be a more traditional metal line-up.

Download 2005 takes place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, on 11-12 June (and possibly the 10th). It is believed that tickets will go on sale in February.

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Petition to Fire Ozzy is Fake

The petition to fire Ozzy from Black Sabbath is fake. The petition was started by Joe Siegler, who runs the Black Sabbath fan site. He started the petition to see what people would say. He has issued the following statement:

"In light of the recent petition that was placed online to "Fire Ozzy" from Black Sabbath and replace him with another singer that turned out to be a joke, I thought it might be interesting to actually poll people and see what they think about this issue.

I've changed the poll on the front page of my Sabbath site with a few options relative to this issue for you to vote upon. This is of course not binding on anyone or anything - this is afterall just a fan website, but I am curious to see what people think Black Sabbath should do this year.

It is, after all the 35th anniversary of the release of their first album, so if there ever was a time to put out a new album, THIS IS IT, GUYS!."

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Vote Ozzy Out Of Black Sabbath?

Irate Black Sabbath fans have started a petition online to get Ozzy Osbourne out of Black Sabbath. They claim he's not committed to the band, and this is is holding back the metal legends. The petition is at http://www.petitiononline.com/FireOzzy/petition.html

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Stolen Black Sabbath Gold Albums Found In Trash

Gold and platinum albums earned by the classic rock group Black Sabbath that were reported stolen from Ozzy Osbourne's manager have been recovered.

The manager, Patrick Meehan, reported the discs missing last week after burglary of his house in southeast England.

Police got an anonymous tip and found eight award discs in a plastic bag behind trash cans.

Two other discs that had been stolen were returned after being offered for sale on eBay.

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New Black Sabbath Album In The Works?

The Sundayherald.com reports that famed producer Rick Rubin (SLAYER, THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) recently told an editor for the Sunday Herald that he was in Worcestershire, UK to work on the new BLACK SABBATH album.

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Rondinelli Doesn't Consider Sabbath Heavy Metal

Electricbasement.com recently chatted with veteran hard rock drummer BOBBY RONDINELLI (Rainbow, BOC, Sabbath, The Lizards) about his recent work with THE LIZARDS, as well as his thoughts on music. While he was behind the kit for BLACK SABBATH's Cross Purposes album and tour, he doesn't view the band as heavy metal, even if they are indeed 'heavy,' "...I mean they’re heavy, but I always thought of [Judas] Priest as more metal. When I was growing up I used to think certain bands were heavy, but heavy metal to me meant something different, and now it means a lot more than it used to."

His current project, his time time around with The Lizards, finds him promoting the critically acclaimed Cold Blooded Kings album, which alos features ex-RIOT throat MIKE DIMEO.

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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Iommi And Hughes To Collaborate Again

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and celebrated bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes are to work together on a new album. With veteran drummer Kenny Aronoff completing the line-up. Recording is scheduled to start around Christmas. It's the third time Iommi and Hughes have collaborated on an album; in 1986 the pair teamed up for Black Sabbath's 'Seventh Star' and ten years later they worked on what has become the 'DEP Sessions…', which was only just released.

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New Twisted Tower Dire CD In 2005

Twisted Tower Dire is currently in the studio recording our 4th album “Netherworlds” for Germany’s Remedy Records. The track listing includes:

1. Starshine
2. Netherworlds
3. Fortress
4. Casualty of Cruel Times
5. Tales of Submission
6. The Killing Kind
7. Dire Wolf
8. No One Left to Blame
9. Firebird

The style of the new songs is a mixture of Saxon and Mercyful Fate with TTD’s classic Maiden-esque sound. The production will be a rawer and punkier vibe along the lines of Maiden “Killers” or Dio-era Sabbath. The bonus tracks will be TTD’s covers of "Crionics" (Slayer) for the digipack version and "Stand Up and Shout" (Dio) for the Japanese version (on Spiritual Beast Records).

There are also plans for a "Starshine" 12" vinyl EP to be released either before or in conjunction with the album. The track listing is: More...

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Iommi & Hughes Recording New Album

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and occasional collaborator Glenn Hughes are recording a new album, which they hope to release in 2005. Iommi told Launch that the pair — who recently released some recordings they made together in 1996 — will resume working in December and finish early in the New Year. Sanctuary Records will release the album, and Iommi and Hughes hope to tour in support of it.

Kenny Aronoff — whose credits include John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Etheridge, and Michell Branch, among others — is playing drums for the project.

Hughes, a former member of Trapeze and Deep Purple, sang on the 1986 album "Seventh Star," which began as an Iommi solo album but was billed, at the record company's insistence, as "Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi."

Iommi and Hughes recently issued "The 1996 DEP Sessions," featuring eight tracks recorded at DEP Studios in Birmingham, England, which is owned by the reggae band UB40.

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Black Sabbath Fan Cover Competition

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's official message board has launched a competition inspired by a topic started by Nero Kalem. This is how it will work:

1. Design an album cover picture related to Black Sabbath in some way, whether it be a song title, an alternative album cover or a new Black Sabbath album cover.

2. Upload your picture to the web, send the URL through a PM, it will be posted on the message board for all to see. Another way of doing it is to upload it to the "Ideal Black Sabbath Album Covers" thread saying that you want it as a competition entry, and it will be added to the competition thread.

One entry per member, please.

The prize is a copy of "The 1996 DEP Sessions" signed by both Tony Iommi and Glenn Hughes. The competition will be judged by Tony Iommi himself.

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Black Sabbath And Rob Halford CD/DVD?

From www.sabbathlive.com:

Here's just a taste of something I KNOW many of you Sabbath collectors have been hoping and wishing for. I recently received an e-mail from The Reverend, who informed me of a pro-shot video of Sabbath's historic performance at Camden with Rob Halford. Ever the skeptic, I asked him if he could provide me a sample of this film so I could confirm the veracity of his tale.

Less than a week later, I received a package containing a DVD+R sample of one complete song - "Children Of The Grave." Any doubts or skepticism I may have had evaporated as soon as I pressed play on PowerDVD. This was definitely the real deal and quite impressive in terms of quality!

I have shared the clip only with a few very close friends and honorary Sabbathlive staffers, who were also floored. While Holmdel 2004 might be the audio champion for the Ozzfest 2004 tour at the moment, this is easily the video highlight of their recent U.S. tour. And that isn't to disparage Jim Rollner's fine film of the Englewood show, which is also quite a sweet one. It's just hard to top a pro-shot digital film of such a unique show.

While I cannot post any audio/video samples of this clip, I did make a large batch of video stills for everyone to peruse. Please DO NOT write in to beg for copies of this film. I was given this one sample for review purposes only. I will delete any such requests that I receive, so don't bother trying. I am happy to let everyone know what's on the horizon, but it's not my policy to distribute these recordings - period.

However, I am told that an audio CD version of the show will be released on November 19th through Dust An' Dreams (www.dnd-rock.com) in Japan. The DVD version is slated for release in mid-December.

Pictures from the Camden date are available here.

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Sound Clip Of Unreleased Black Sabbath Song Online

A 53 second clip of a "lost" BLACK SABBATH song "When I Came Down" is now available for download. You can check it out here.

Here's a description of the track:

"This month’s edition of record collector comes news of a newly discovered Sabbath acetate 45rpm record. On the A side is a track entitled "When I Come Down" and is believed to have been recorded at studio’s in Birmingham between March and October 69. The song is described as short but boasting strong vocals and harmonica playing. It begins with a bluesy, pentatonic riff and although the guitar gets rather lost in the mix, the overall feel approximates to a slower take on Evil Woman, while much of the rhythm is like NIB, set up in half time to the riff. The track was written by locomotive keyboardist Norman Haines, although no keyboards appear on the track. On the B-side is a rough demo of the wizard. Where, when, or if this track will ever show up on any kind of release will remain a mystery until further notice."

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Heavy Metal Calendar Coming Soon

Beginning in November, Black Planet will be offering for sale its 2005 Heavy Metal Calendar. This full-color month-to-month wall calendar features the stunning concert photography of Matt Johnsen (Metal Maniacs) and a whirlwind of heavy metal trivia. Metal fans will find a reason to celebrate and commemorate nearly each day of the year, whether it be the anniversary of Bathory's first rehearsal, "Ride the Lightning" turning 20, or Bruce Dickinson's (Iron Maiden) birthday. The calendar represents a wide range of metal culture — everything from Sabbath giving Ozzy the axe to the singer of Krieg vomiting on a French audience!

The Calendar will be sold online and through a host of underground distributors.

Any band wishing to submit material for consideration (first gig, band members' birthdays, etc.) should do so by October 18, 2004 to chrisblackplanet@yahoo.com.

Chicago-based Black Planet specializes in unique and collectable heavy metal merchandise. The company was founded by "Professor" Chris Black, a former contributor to Metal Maniacs and Terrorizer.

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Unreleased Iommi/Hughes Material To Be Released

A 8-tracked album of previously unreleased Iommi material with singer Glen Hughes will be released through Sanctuary Records on September 28, entitled "The 1996 DEP Sessions" (view cover).

The track list is as follows:

Gone
From Another World
Don’t You Tell Me
Don’t Drag The River
Fine
Time Is The Healer
I’m Not The Same Man
It Falls Through Me

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Pantera's Best Of CD Certified Gold

Pantera's career overview CD, "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!" (Elektra/Rhino), has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.

The 16-song "Vulgar Hits!" CD, originally issued in September 2003, was packaged with a bonus DVD boasting 12 videos, including two live performances. The bulk of the material was culled from the band's six major-label releases, but also included were non-album cuts "Cat Scratch Fever" (a cover of the Ted Nugent song that originally appeared on the Polygram soundtrack to "Detroit Rock City") and the Black Sabbath cover "Hole in the Sky", previously available only on import.

As reported here last month, Pantera's "Vulgar Display of Power" (Elektra) was recently certified double-platinum by the RIAA, signifying shipments of more than 2,000,000 units in the U.S. since its February 25, 1992 release.

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Black Sabbath Not In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Black Sabbath have once again been snubbed by the voting members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Ozzy Osbourne-fronted band were a glaring omission from the list of the nominees for induction in 2005 in the "artist" category, which were announced earlier today (Sept. 13).

Van Halen, who became eligible in 2003, also have yet to be nominated.

The nominees for the 2005 induction class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include U2, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Randy Newman and the O'Jays.

They are joined on the ballot by the Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, The J. Geils Band, Conway Twitty and Percy Sledge.
The Sex Pistols, The Stooges, Lynyard Skynyrd and the late Gram Parsons were previously nominated but remain on this year's ballot.

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria considered includes the influence and significance of the artist's contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

The foundation's nominating committee, composed of rock and roll historians, selects nominees each year in the "artist" category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 700 rock experts.

Five years ago, Ozzy Osbourne attempted to take Black Sabbath's name off the Hall of Fame's 1999 nomination list, deeming the institution's nod "meaningless."

In an October 1999 letter to the Hall of Fame, Osbourne said: "Just take our name off the list. Save the ink. Forget about us. The nomination is meaningless, because it's not voted on by the fans. It's voted on by the supposed elite for the industry and the media, who've never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is irrelevant to me." He says, "Let's face it, Black Sabbath has never been media darlings. We're a people's band and that suits us just fine."

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