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From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active
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According to the NME, the four original members of Black Sabbath has announced that they will be holding a press conference in Los Angeles, California on November 11th at 11:11am at the Whiskey A Go-Go. This was the same venue where Black Sabbath made their American debut on November 11th 1970, which fuels the expectation that this announcement will be to officially confirm the recent reunion rumours. The event will reportedly be hosted by spoken word artist and former Black Flag frontman, Henry Rollins. Stay tuned for further information.
Speaking recently with Terrorizer magazine, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed that the original lineup of the band, including drummer Bill Ward, recently rehearsed old music together, further fueling the heavy rumours that the group will be reuniting for a world tour and maybe even a new album.
In the chat, Iommi stated: "We’ve had a rehearsal and played some of the old stuff and to be together again was great. We’re all on good terms and we’re at a stage where we can play together again. It would be good if we could and I suppose it’s the closest it’s been to be able to do that. It could happen!"
High definition video footage of Black Sabbath playing at L'Olympia in Paris, France, on December 20, 1970 has been made available online. This show took place just two months after the UK release of “Paranoid.”
The setlist (and DVD menu times) is as follows:
1. Introduction (00:00)
2. Paranoid (01:51)
3. Hand Of Doom (05:00)
4. Rat Salad (11:52)
5. Iron Man (13:15)
6. Black Sabbath (19:40)
7. Intermission (29:19)
8. N.I.B. (31:13)
9. Behind The Wall Of Sleep (36:45)
10. War Pigs (42:40)
11. Fairies Wear Boots (51:00)
Just For Fun
William Shatner does his rendition of the Black Sabbath classic "Iron Man" for his forthcoming fantasy/sci-fi themed album "Seeking Major Tom" due out on Cleopatra Records. He is known for his pseudo-spoken word albums, and can be seen singing along to part of the track which he is listening to via his headphones. Below is the clip which he released on his Youtube channel. More...
Canadian hardcore act Cancer Bats recently performed an entire Black Sabbath covers set during a recent tour stop, appearing at a Sonisphere Festival event. You can check out fan-filmed video footage of the band performing the classic tracks "Iron Man" and "Paranoid" by using the YouTube players located below.
As for the Cancer Bats, the group are currently in the process of writing their next full length album with studio time scheduled for later in the year.
Let’s go back to 1978: Black Sabbath released “Never Say Die!” in September of that year. There’s another thing that happened in the world that wasn't nearly as unconventionally cool, but that Black Sabbath might find really cool 35 years later. In the United States, a massive piece of government legislation went into effect called the Copyright Act of 1976. Before I tell you why that has any meaning at all to the godfathers of heavy metal and other bands from 1978 on, I’ll give you a rundown of what copyrights are. More...
While it was not lost on us that Tony Iommi did not directly deny the statements or quotes attributed to him, his manager, Ralph Baker, now confirms that Iommi “was not saying that it wasn’t true.”
Interest in the news that the original Sabbath line-up plans to reunite for an album and tour brought his website to a crawl.
When asked whether Iommi considered the story in the Birmingham Mail to be untrue Mr Baker said: “No, he doesn’t say that.” To which he added: “We haven’t got anything in place. He’s not denying that the guys have been talking but there’s nothing in the way that’s been implied in the statements that you made.”
Once again, that last statement is way too vague and only muddies things, not clarifies them. The follow up article on The Birmingham Mail, while shedding some light on how the rumor mill gained momentum due to a post on MetalTalk, generally confuses the matter even more by recounting additional quotes and events in a jumbled up manner by the end of their piece.
I stand by our assessment of the initial article, however: While Iommi may feel betrayed by the article, the quotes are a little too specific - unless completely fabricated, which he did not contend - to deny the reunion is taking place.
The real question now is what “We haven’t got anything in place” really means. Does it mean they haven't done the formalities such as signed contracts to make it official? To say that “He’s not denying that the guys have been talking” leave a large gap between that and the specifics that have been reported such as the band writing new material and rehearsing for a tour. While vague comments in both "denials" may suggest that the reports exaggerated the details of the supposed reunion, it would make sense to deny the more specific pieces of the report if they were, in fact, false.
Read the full article at Birmingham Mail.
Tony Iommi has commented on news that has been circulating since yesterday of a Black Sabbath reunion:
"I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.
"At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, 'Are you getting back together?'"
"Thanks to the internet it's gone round the world as some sort of 'official' statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he's enjoyed his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense.
"to my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.
All the best, Tony"
While Iommi may feel betrayed by the article, the quotes are a little too specific - unless completely fabricated, which he did not contend - to deny the reunion is taking place. We'll post more information on the matter as it becomes available.
Update: Tony Iommi has commented on the original news article but not exactly refuted the claim. You can read his comments here.
Multiple sources are reporting that Black Sabbath is to regroup with their original lineup to record a new studio album next year. Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly wrote new material for the record in June of this year. The album would mark the first to feature Ozzy since 1978's "Never Say Die." The band is said to be currently rehearsing for a new tour.
"We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good," said 63-year-old Iommi. "It’s more back to the old original stuff."
He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time.
"It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy's been the worst at trying to hold it back. He's doing a lot of TV and he’s being asked stuff about a reunion and he's going ‘well I never say never’."
Iommi said his only concern about the current reformation was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in the past has suffered a heart attack.
"He hasn’t been 100 per cent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we’ll see how he is."
Iommi's last version of Black Sabbath, dubbed Heaven & Hell, came to an end when singer Ronnie James Dio died in May 2010.
There are some individuals in their field of music that are so important, they seem like they'll live forever. In many ways these legends do, as people will continue to listen to their music for years to come, but the lack of their physical presence on Earth can always be felt. Jazz lost a king when Miles Davis passed away in 1991, hip-hop lost one of it's most respected artists five years later when Tupac Shakur was murdered and heavy metal suffered from one, if not it's greatest loss this time last year, when Ronnie James Dio succumbed to stomach cancer.
The importance of this heavy metal titan who stood only at 5' 4" can never be exaggerated. this is the man who is credited with introducing the "heavy metal horns" hand gesture, which is used worldwide to this day by metal fans signaling their love of music, their approval or simply to acknowledge each other. As a singer, he was an influence to countless heavy metal vocalists and even at the age of sixty seven, he was still being credited as one of the best in the business, a title backed up by his winning of the Best Metal Vocalist Award at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Perhaps most importantly though, Ronnie James Dio was known for being one of the true gentleman of heavy metal. Unlike a number of other rockers, Dio wasn't known off the stage for excessive partying, violent encounters or a gargantuan ego, he was known for his honest love and respect for his fans and his undeniable intelligence and philosophic nature. More...
Whocares, the collaboration between Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, has posted its first music video online taken from its debut EP. The EP, which features two tracks in "Out of My Mind" and "Holy Water," will see its North American release on June 27, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. You can view the music video for the track "Out of my Mind" below.
Whocares, the collaboration between Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, has posted a new teaser online for its debut EP. The EP, which features two tracks in "Out of My Mind" and "Holy Water," will see its North American release on June 27, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. A digital release will arrive on May 6, 2011. You can view the teaser trailer below.
Sanctuary Records has anoounced that they will be releasing a 2-disc deluxe-edition reissue of Black Sabbath's "Born Again" on May 30, 2011. You can view the reissue's tracklisting below.
"Born Again" was the only album by Black Sabbath featuring Ian Gillan, who was at the time a solo artist and former singer for Deep Purple, on vocals.
3. Disturbing The Priest
4. The Dark
5. Zero The Hero
6. Digital Bitch
7. Born Again
8. Hot Line
9. Keep It Warm
1. The Fallen
3. Hot Line
4. War Pigs
5. Black Sabbath
6. The Dark
7. Zero The Hero
8. Digital Bitch
9. Iron Man
10. Smoke On The Water
According to Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away last year, some of the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock will be taking part in a forthcoming Dio tribute album.
"It probably won't come out this year, but everybody signed up," Dio told Noisecreep.
So, who's signed on thus far? "Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Glenn Hughes, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lemmy (Motorhead)," she said, adding Grohl will do the Black Sabbath hit 'Mob Rules,' and Halford will be taking on 'Long Live Rock 'N' Roll.' And artists keep coming on. "I just talked to Alice (Cooper), roped Alice in and Sebastian (Bach) and Chris (Jericho)," she said, referring to fellow attendees at the Golden Gods press conference. And Cooper already has a song in mind, going back to the Elf days, according to Wendy.
Read the full article at Noisecreep.
Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell bass player Geezer Butler has shot down rumours that the four original members of Black Sabbath will be reuniting for a series of tour dates and a new studio album. His brief message was as follows:
"I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely NO reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour."
The rumours flared up last month when Ozzy Osbourne told ABC News that the four original members were in talks about a new tour and possibly an album, though he stressed nothing was definite as of yet, stating: "the problem that we have is that if we do an album and it's anything less than where we left off, it's gonna be a big anti-climax."
As reported earlier today, blues rock legend and former Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore passed away this morning while on holiday in Spain. Tributes have already begun to pour in from fans and peers, including his former Thin Lizzy bandmate Scott Gorham, who stated:
"He was a superb player and a dedicated musician. Playing with Gary during the Black Rose era was a great experience, he was a great player and a great guy. I will miss him."
Also paying tribute was Black Sabbath bass player Terry "Geezer" Butler, who said: "I was very saddened to hear of the passing of one of the greatest guitarists of all time- Gary Moore. His Still Got The Blues album was one of the great albums, certainly one of my favourites. His way of playing can not be learned- it comes from the soul. R.I.P Gary."
Nightwish singer Annette Olzon added: “A super guitarist and for me, a man who has given me wonderful songs to listen to and dance my first slow dances to, has been found dead early this morning in Spain.
He was so young still, just 58 years old and it´s just a big loss for music. Nightwish has recorded one of his songs as a cover – ‘Over The Hills And Far Away’ - a great song he made. I hope you may rest in peace, Gary, and thanks for all the songs I just love!”
Its no secret that heavy metal and Halloween go together like a hockey mask and a machete. While there are numerous songs you can list under the hallowed category, here are ten terrifying tracks to bleed your ears dry.
10. Moonspell - "I'll See You In My Dreams"
Who knew such a soft jazz song from 1924 could be recreated over 80 years later as a wickedly heavy and haunting track from Portugal's biggest metal export. It was recorded for a film of the same title, and the video features clips from the movie along with an amazing array of starving Zombies who seem to have a craving for Portuguese flesh.
Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan will be recording together again along with Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain and Deep Purple's Jon Lord to benefit an Armenian music school. Recording under the moniker WHOCARES, the first charity single will be titled "Out of my Mind."
In 1989 Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan were involved in the recording of the Deep Purple track "Smoke on The Water." This song was re-recorded to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988.
In October of last year both Tony and Ian travelled to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. On their trip they visited a music school only to find it being run out of temporary accommodation, it was only location not to have been rebuilt 20 years after the earthquake had struck.
Tony and Ian will be heading back into the studio, joined by Jon Lord (ex Deep Purple / Whitesnake) and Nicko McBrain (drummer of Iron Maiden) to record a new track to raise money to rebuild the Armenian music school.
More recently bassist Jason Newsted (Metallica, Flotsam & Jetsam, Voivod, etc.) and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström (H.I.M.), have added their parts to the track "Out Of My Mind" from the all-star charity project.
Iconic vocalist and bass guitarist, GLENN HUGHES, known to millions of hard rock fans as the undisputed “Voice of Rock” will embark on a 15-date UK tour in September. Formerly the lead singer and bassist of Trapeze, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and the forthcoming rock supergroup Black Country Communion, Hughes' nearly two hour live performances will consist of an unforgettable career retrospective.
“I’m proud of my heritage, and the UK fans have always been the most supportive and receptive to me and my music,” says Hughes. “I’m thrilled to embark on what’s possibly the most extensive UK solo tour of my career. I’ve just made an album that I am extremely proud of with Black Country Communion, and until that band goes out on the road, I’m channeling all the power and energy from the BCC experience, into these dates. I’m a lean, mean rock machine.”
Fans can expect a diverse selection of classicsongs from Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes Thrall and Glenn's solo albums, with an emphasis on performing some new, interesting selections, including some that have rarely/never been played live before. A complete set list has not been determined as yet, but some songs have been decided upon.
In keeping with the tradition of the classic British hard rock vibe that he has focused on with Black Country Communion, Glenn's new solo touring band has a harder, more direct rock approach than previous incarnations.
Here are the latest GLENN HUGHES NATIONAL AUTUMN 2010 UK TOUR dates (24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0871 230 1101): More...
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has recorded audio and video of an acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH's "Die Young" song from the classic "Heaven and Hell" album for free download in tribute to the late Debbie Abono, who sadly passed away on the same day as legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. In a statement made at the beginning of the video (which was recorded the day after Debbie's passing and which can be viewed at this location), Robb says, "I don't know why I recorded this song, it doesn't really have relevance to Debbie or Dio, but I was sad and depressed and it was the only thing that made sense in the world."
There are no plans to officially release Flynn's version of "Die Young," but an MP3 version of the track is available for free download at the MACHINE HEAD web site, www.machinehead1.com.
Debbie Abono, a well-respected and much-loved manager and promotional machine behind some of San Francisco Bay Area's strongest metal bands (POSSESSED, FORBIDDEN, EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, SKINLAB), passed away on May 16 at approximately 9:59 a.m. PST after a battle with cancer. She was 80 years old. More...