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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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Five More Bands Confirmed For Download 2012

The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further five bands for this years edition of the event. Metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage has confirmed, as have NOFX, Nightwish, Shinedown and Black Veil Brides. The festival will take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park in the United Kingdom.

The lineup is now as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
Anthrax
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Billy Talent
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Fear Factory
Five Finger Death Punch
Ginger Wildheart
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Nightwish
NOFX
Periphery
Reckless Love
Shinedown
Slash
Soundgarden
Steel Panther
Tenacious D
Trivium
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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Black Sabbath Responds To Bill Ward Statement

It appears the Facebook snubbing between Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward continues. Black Sabbath has decided to proceed with the album and tour without the drummer with the following response to Bill Ward's recent post:

"We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans...we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open... We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll... See you at Download!!!

- Tony, Ozzy and Geezer"

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Hellfest 2012 Lineup Finalized

The finalized lineup for Hellfest 2012 has been announced. The festival will run from June 15-17, 2012 in Clisson France. Mainstage headliners are as follows:

June 15:

Megadeth
Lynyrd Skynrd
Gotthard

June 16:

Guns N Roses
Within Temptation

June 17:

Black Sabbath
Motley Crue
Blue Oyster Cult

Other headline acts for the various stages include:

June 15: King Diamond, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth
June 16: Machine Head, Entombed, Behemoth, Saint Vitus
June 17: Lamb of God, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Biohazard More...

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Guns N Roses Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Alestorm
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
H20
Hatebreed
Ihsahn
Jon Oliva's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Leprous
Machine Head
Megadeth
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Pennywise
Possessed
Sabaton
Sacred Reich
Sebastian Bach
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
Slayer
Texas In July
The Spudmonsters
The Treatment
Trivium
Unearth
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth
Young Guns

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Black Sabbath Drummer Puts Reunion In Doubt

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has posted a statement online via his official website in which he has declared that he would be "unable" to continue with the proposed reunion, unless a "signable contract" is drawn up. This has placed the future of the reunion in question, which was also recently hurt by the announcement that guitarist Tony Iommi is battling lymphoma. An excerpt from Ward's statement reads as follows:

"Dear Sabbath Fans, Fellow Musicians and Interested Parties,

"At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a 'signable' contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band. Last year, I worked diligently in good faith with Tony, Ozzy and Geezer. And on 11/11/11, again in good faith, I participated in the L.A. press conference. Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another 'unsignable' contract was handed to me.

"Let me say that although this has put me in some kind of holding pattern, I am packed and ready to leave the U.S. for England. More importantly, I definitely want to play on the album, and I definitely want to tour with Black Sabbath.

"Since the news of Tony’s illness, and the understanding that the band would move production to the U.K., I’ve spent everyday getting to or living in a place of readiness to leave. That involves something of a task, and as I’ve tried to find out what’s going on with the U.K. sessions, I’ve realized that I’ve been getting 'the cold shoulder' (and, I might add, not for the first time). Feeling somewhat ostracized, my guess is as of today, I will know nothing of what’s happening unless I sign 'the unsignable contract.'

"The place I’m in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on. If I sign as-is, I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician. I believe in freedom and freedom of speech. I grew up in a hard rock/metal band. We stood for something then, and we played from the heart with honesty and sincerity. I am in the spirit of integrity, far from the corporate malady, I am real and honest, fair and compassionate."

Read the full article at BillWard.com.

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Fourteen More Names Confirmed For Download 2012

The organisers of Britain's, Download Festival has confirmed a further twelve acts for this year's edition of the event. Among the new acts are American thrash metal legends Megadeth, former Guns N Roses guitarist, Slash and industrial metal veterans Fear Factory, as well as Steel Panther, Billy Talent, Kyuss Lives!, Rise Against, Black Label Society, As I Lay Dying, Five Finger Death Punch, Terrorvision, Ginger Wildheart, Periphery and Reckless Love. The festival will take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park in the U.K.

The lineup is now as follows:

The Prodigy (Headliners)
Metallica (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
Anthrax
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Billy Talent
Black Label Society
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Fear Factory
Five Finger Death Punch
Ginger Wildheart
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Periphery
Reckless Love
Slash
Soundgarden
Steel Panther
Tenacious D
Trivium
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six

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Black Sabbath Moves Writing Sessions To U.K.

Metal legends Black Sabbath announced that the writing sessions for the forthcoming album with the band's original lineup has been moved from Los Angeles to Birmingham, England.

In a post on the band's Facebook page, the band added "Sabbath has gone back to where it all started and it’s been just amazing. This is where the writing of the album will be completed. Funny how it all goes full circle sometimes."

Earlier this month, the metal world was rocked by the revelation that founder/guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is currently awaiting and/or receiving treatment. Iommi responded to the outpouring of well wishes that the band will proceed with the creation of the album despite his illness and later Geezer Butler revealed that Iommi had two songs written already.

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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)
Alestorm
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Devildriver
Dimmu Borgir
Emmure
Ensiferum
Europe
Exodus
H20
Hatebreed
Jon Olivia's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Megadeth
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Possessed
Sacred Reich
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
The Spudmonsters
Trivium
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth
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)
Anthrax
August Burns Red
Biffy Clyro
Chase and Status
Devildriver
Devin Townsend Project
Lamb Of God
Little Angels
Machine Head
Soundgarden
Tenacious D
Trivium
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,

Tony"

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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
Emmure
Ensiferum
H20
Lamb Of God
Motorhead
Nasum
Obituary
Paradise Lost
Sacred Reich
Sick Of It All
Skeletonwitch
The Spudmonsters
Whitechapel
Winds Of Plague
Winterfylleth

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.

More...

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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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