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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 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.

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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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Breaking News

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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Whocares Posts New Music Video

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.

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Whocares Posts New EP Trailer Online

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.

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Black Sabbath To Release "Born Again" Deluxe Set

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.

Disc 1:
1. Trashed
2. Stonehenge
3. Disturbing The Priest
4. The Dark
5. Zero The Hero
6. Digital Bitch
7. Born Again
8. Hot Line
9. Keep It Warm

Disc 2:
1. The Fallen
2. Stonehenge
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
11. Paranoid

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Heavy Metal Stars On Board For Dio Tribute Album

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.

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Black Sabbath Bassist Denies Reunion Rumours

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."

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