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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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Geezer Butler Issues Update On New Sabbath Album

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler issued a studio update on the progress of the much anticipated new Black Sabbath album, the first album with the original lineup in 33 years. Earlier this month, Tony Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.

Butler posted an update on his official web site, which reads:

"Today [January 19th] we got the engines back up and running at Tony’s home studio. Far from being down and depressed about his lymphoma diagnosis, Tony had already written the music for two new songs, and I must say it has given us all a kick up the rump — it’s great to hear him churning out those riffs again, assuaging the Demon C. Takes more than that to stop Tony. Can’t wait for you all to hear our workings; it has been great working on this stuff.

"I want to thank the lovely encouraging emails sent to this site giving Tony love and encouragement and great vibes. It really does help, not only Tony, but us as a band — it raises up our spirits and restores our faith in this tarnished world.

"SABB fans are good people. Time and again, you have proven your faith in us and boosted our endeavour.

“Thanks, love, peace.”

The new Black Sabbath album is expected in this fall of 2012.

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Five More Names Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for this year's edition of the event. American thrash metal legends Megadeth will be performing, as will stoner rock kings Kyuss Lives!, death metal pioneers Possessed, English alternative rock outfit Young Guns and, making their fourth appearance at the festival, Jon Olivia's Pain. Graspop will take place in the town of Dessel from June 22nd-24th and now features the following lineup:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Dimmu Borgir
Jon Olivia's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Paradise Lost
Sacred Reich
Sick Of It All
The Spudmonsters
Winds Of Plague
Young Guns

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Fourteen More Bands Confirmed For Download 2012

A flyer posted online by reunited grunge outfit Soundgarden has revealed a further fourteen more bands for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. Amongst the new confirmations are Tenacious D, drum and bass favourites Chase and Status, American thrash metal legends Anthrax and Californian metal veterans, Machine Head. The festival will be held at Donington Park from 8th-10th June.

The current lineup is as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Chase and Status
Devin Townsend Project
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Tenacious D
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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Tony Iommi Posts Message; New LP Still In Works

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi posted his first message in response to his recent diagnosis of lymphoma earlier this week. In a post on Facebook, Iommi stated:

"My fans, friends & colleagues -

"I just want to say how overwhelmed I am with all your messages of support, thank you so much.

"Well it's not what I wanted for Christmas, that's for sure, but now I can't wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment.

"It's really good that the guys are coming over so that we can continue working on the album as things are going great in the studio.

"Well, not much else to say at this time, so thanks again.

"Bless you all,


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Breaking News

Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Lymphoma

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the blood that develops in the lymphatic system. Black Sabbath made the following post on its official Facebook Page:

"With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan--the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.

"This comes as Black Sabbath--Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)--are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available."

More news on Iommi's condition is expected shortly.

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for next years edition of the event. These include Connecticut natives Hatebreed, metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage, Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus, Scottish pirate metal group Alestorm and American heavy metal outfit Devildriver. The festival will take place from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium and now features the following lineup, with more to be announced soon: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have begun announcing the first batch of names for next years edition of the event, in addition to the previously confirmed headliners, Black Sabbath.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Dimmu Borgir
Lamb Of God
Paradise Lost
Sacred Reich
Sick Of It All
The Spudmonsters
Winds Of Plague

More bands are expected to be announced shortly

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Black Sabbath Announces 2012 Festival Dates

Having recently confirmed their reunion with the band's original lineup and confirmed to headline the final day of the U.K.'s Download Festival 2012, Black Sabbath has now announced more dates on its Eureopean festival circuit for 2012:

Friday, May 18, 2012 - Moscow - Olimpiski
Sunday, May 20, 2012 - St. Petersburg - New Arena
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - Helsinki - Hartwall Arena
Friday, May 25, 2012 - Stockholm - Stadium
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - Bergen, Norway - Bergen Calling Festival
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - Oslo - Spektrum
Saturday, June 2, 2012 - Malmo, Sweden - Malmo Stadium
Monday, June 4, 2012 - Dortmund, Germany - West Falenhalle
Sunday, June 10, 2012 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - Rotterdam - Ahoy
Friday, June 15, 2012 - Bilbao, Spain - Azkena Rock Festival
Sunday, June 17, 2012 - Nantes, France - Helfest
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - Paris - Bercy
Friday, June 22, 2012 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - Milan - Gods Of Metal

Here's another recently released clip from the press conference:

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The Prodigy To Headline Download Festival

The organizers of the United Kingdoms, Download Festival have confirmed that the third and final headlining act for next years edition of the event will be British rave legends The Prodigy, marking quite a contrast from the festivals other two headliners, Metallica and Black Sabbath, who will be headlining Saturday and Sunday respectively. Download will take place at Donington Park from June 8th-10th.

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Breaking News

Black Sabbath Confirms Reunion, New Album

In a recent press conference, British heavy metal fathers Black Sabbath confirmed that they have reunited and that they will be releasing a new studio album, which will be produced by Rick Rubin. This will be their first album with the original four members in thirty three years.

In addition to this, the group confirmed that they will be headining next years edition of the Download Festival at Donington Park in their native England. After the headlining set, they will embark on a worldwide tour. You can view a video which confirmed thsse details below.

More details will be revealed as they become available.


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Black Sabbath To Hold Press Conference

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.

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Black Sabbath Begins Rehearsing

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!"

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High Quality Black Sabbath Concert Footage Posted

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)

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Just For Fun

William Shatner Channels Black Sabbath

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...

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Cancer Bats Perform Black Sabbath Covers Set

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.

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Good News For Old Bands?

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...

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Iommi's Manager Responds To Black Sabbath Reunion

With the initial report coming under fire, followed by Tony Iommi's comments of disappointment but not refuting the claims, the truth behind the Black Sabbath reunion is up in the air to many.

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.

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Tony Iommi Responds To Black Sabbath Reunion

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.

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Black Sabbath To Reunite With Original Lineup

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.

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One Year On And On And On: Remembering Dio

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...

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