Black Sabbath (formed 1968 - split 2006; reformed 2011)
Black Sabbath are a British heavy metal band famous for the songs 'Iron Man' and 'Paranoid'. Members are Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne.
Formation: Black Sabbath was initially intended to be a blues rock band when it formed with guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, being named various things including Polka Tulk Blues Band, then Polka Tulk, then Earth. The original line-up also featured slide guitarist Jimmy Phillips and saxophonist Alan Clarke. Phillips and Clarke soon left and the rest of the band were managed by Jim Simpson. Iommi briefly left the band to join Jethro Tull, but soon returned to Black Sabbath (or Earth as it was then still called). They soon changed their name to their current moniker, naming themselves after a 1963 horror movie.
Musical career: Black Sabbath signed to Philips Records in 1969, releasing debut single 'Evil Woman' through its subsidiary Fontana Records the following year. Their self-titled debut album soon followed, reaching number 8 in the UK Chart. Their second album, 'Paranoid', was released that same year and featured the single of the same name which became their biggest hit reaching number for in the UK and number 1 in Germany. They followed the release with a US tour during which they became immensely popular in America despite lack of radio airplay. The album's second single was 'Iron Man'. Their third album, 'Master of Reality', dropped the following year and was certified platinum a decade later. They went on tour the following year before finally taking a short break. They reunited soon after for their fourth album 'Black Sabbath Vol. 4', but tensions were high due to Ward's drug abuse during recording. The album was soon certified gold despite critical scepticism. The first single was 'Tomorrow's Dream' and, as well as a US tour, the band hit Australia and Europe to promote the release. Drug abuse affected the band once again when Iommi failed to generate any ideas for the fifth album and so the band returned to the UK where they recorded in a spooky castle in the country. It was here Iommi wrote the riff for 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' which became the title single for their next release; a highly praised album that became their fifth US platinum record. They toured the world in 1974 before signing up with a new manager, Don Arden. This led to contractual problems which were handled over a two year court case. Their sixth album, 'Sabotage', was released in 1975 and was co-produced by Mike Butcher, though it met cooler reviews than their previous efforts. They soon followed with a greatest hits album entitled 'We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll'. Keyboardist Gerry Woodruffe joined the band for seventh release 'Technical Ecstasy', released to mixed reviews in 1976. During this time, Osbourne took treatment at the Stafford County Asylum. Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1977 and was briefly replaced by Dave Walker before rejoining the following year before they were due to hit the studio. Iommi and the rest of the band were forced to abandon material they'd written with Walker when Osbourne refused to sing it. Recording 'Never Say Die!' took a long time to record due to drug abuse among various band members. The album featured the songs 'Never Say Die' and 'Hard Road' and was soon followed by another tour. Osbourne's drug abuse got progressively worse leading to his dismissal from the band in 1979. Ronnie James Dio replaced Osbourne at the suggestion of Don Arden's daughter Sharon Arden (later Sharon Osbourne). Geezer Butler took a hiatus from the band and was temporarily replaced by Craig Gruber and then Geoff Nicholls. Butler returned with Nicholls moving onto keyboards. They released 'Heaven and Hell' in 1980 which reached number 9 in the UK. They subsequently toured with Blue Öyster Cult and re-released 'Paranoid'. Ward left the band that year, struggling to cope with Osbourne in the band, and was replaced by Vinny Appice. They released next album 'Mob Rules' in 1981, but it received poor reviews from critics. The following year, Iommi and Butler had a dispute with Dio, accusing him of secretly raising the volume of his voice in the recording of live album 'Live Evil'. Dio and Appice left in 1982, with the album being released just two months later at the same time as Osbourne's solo debut 'Speak of the Devil', which became a platinum hit. Ian Gillan replaced Dio and Bill Ward rejoined for their next album 'Born Again', which was slammed by critics. Ward soon left again before the subsequent tour with Bev Bevan joining on drums. Both Bevan and Gillan soon left, and Butler followed having become bored with the constantly changing line-up. In 1985, the original band members briefly united for Live Aid, before the Tony Iommi and his newest line-up unveiled new album 'Seventh Star'. After three more releases, Butler and Dio rejoined for 1992's 'Dehumanizer', but it wasn't long before they left once more. Black Sabbath took a hiatus after 1995's 'Forbidden', but Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourn had a brief reunion again for 1997's Ozzfest before coming together for their 2013 album '13'. The track 'God Is Dead?' landed them their first Grammy in 14 years.
Ozzy says he wants to record with the band again, “sooner rather than later.”
Black Sabbath have one more album and a tour in the pipeline
Speaking to Metal Hammer, Osbourne said the band will be working with producer Rick Rubin again to record the follow up to 2013’s hugely successful 13 album.
Continue reading: Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Plans For New Black Sabbath Album And Final Tour
Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!
'The Voice' judge will be joined by a host of huge names for the British Summer Time Festival
Over two weekends in July, London’s Hyde Park adopts the veneer of festival season, attracting some of the world’s biggest acts to play in front of a sun-drenched crowd, weather permitting. This year’s proceedings will be headlines by legendary singer, Tom Jones, who called the park “a beautiful place,” in a statement.
Tom Jones is clearly very excited to be headlining Hyde Park
"I love playing in Hyde Park, it's such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there," explained Jones, who recently reignited his popularity with a judging role on the BBC singing show, The Voice. "There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening."
Continue reading: Tom Jones To Headline An Eclectic Hyde Park Roster
Festival fun in London! Highlights include Jabberwocky, Camden Crawl and Wireless...
If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.
The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.
Jabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.
Continue reading: Keep Calm And Party On! London's Ten Most Exciting Festivals For 2014
A Motley Crue announcement, an out-of-this-world Grammys gig and an angry Quentin Tarantino: there wasn't a dull moment in the news this week.
Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl all showing off their skills.
As for the small matter of the actual awards, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the evening's big winners whilst newcomer Lorde picked up two gongs and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and Black Sabbath were also prominent victors. This, year, perfect pop princess Taylor Swift went home empty-handed, which made for some pretty funny videos.
The Black Sabbath frontman evaluates his unintelligible introduction.
Ozzy Osbourne has reflected upon one of the more bemusing incidents of last night's Grammy Awards. The 65 year-old rock star was tasked with introducing former Beatle Ringo Starr at the glitzy music event in Los Angeles. The Grammys organisers had made it simple for the Black Sabbath frontman: all he had to do was stand on stage with his bandmates and read from a teleprompter.
Awards Show Veteran Ozzy Osbourne Fluffed His Lines.
Ozzy, TONY IOMMI and Geezer Butler headed to the stage for the introduction and the singer began to read the script. However, Ozzy soon lost pace and jumbled up his words to form an incoherent stream of babble, according to Fox News. Tony and Geezer burst into laughter at their band chum's ineptness but Twitter reactions soon took the shape of a collective eye-roll as exasperated Grammys viewers questioned the rocker's sobriety.
The single has followed up the tremendous success of his 'Blurred Lines' single with the immediate success of his new album
Robin Thicke is having one heck of a summer so far, seeing his single 'Blurred Lines' climb to the top of just about every singles chart across the globe. With the release of his new album, also titled Blurred Lines, the singer has continued his run of blurry success by landing straight at the number one spot in the Billboard Album Charts, a first for the R&B star in his more-than-a-decade-long career.
Thicke is experiencing the most successful period of his career
As reported by Billboard, Thicke has scored his first number one album at the sixth time of asking, shifting 177,000 copies since it was released last week (30 July). As expected, this success has also landed Thicke with his best week of album sales in his career, with his closest equivalent coming when 2008's Something Else managed 137,000 sales, landing it at the No. 3 spot. Interestingly enough, 2013 has proved to be the year of the comeback as Blurred Lines has become the sixth album to reach No. 1 more than a decade after the artist's debut album was released. Prior to him, Black Sabbath, Queens Of The Stone Age, Daft Punk, Gary Allan and Chris Tomlin all scored number ones with their new releases.
The boys from Birmingham have brought their doom-laden riffs to the top of the Billboard chart for the first time ever, but it might not be the last
Black Sabbath are back, well and truly too, with the Gods of metal scoring their first ever number one album on the US Billboard Chart, with their comeback album 13 shooting to the top of the charts after nearly 50 years of waiting. The album ended a forty plus year wait for band to return to the top of the UK Album charts when it took the top spot last week, but in scoring their first US number one the band have performed quite a remarkable feat.
Upon hearing the news, the active members of the group each issued a statement exclaiming their shock at the success of the album, with guitarist TONY IOMMI stating, "The news is absolutely amazing--we couldn't have imagined this would happen. We have the greatest fans," whilst bassist Geezer Butler had this to say; "I'm absolutely stunned. Thank you all world wide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever."
Frontman Ozzy Osbourne was equally as overwhelmed with the success saying; "There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career. To finally have our first #1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty."
Reunited with Osbourne, Black Sabbath are storming the charts.
Is it possible that in the 43 years since Black Sabbath’s debut on Billboard, the band have never had a number 1? Not only is it possible, it was true, until this week they finally broke the top spot with the arrival of “13”. This record marks a big moment for Black Sabbath – not only is it their first record to start at Number 1, with 155, 000 copies sold, according to Billboard, but it also marks the band’s reunion with singer Ozzy Osbourne, who has been absent from the lineup since 1978’s “Never Say Die”. Presumably, he was off all this time pursuing a new found calling of being a reality TV husband and dad.
Well, he has been pursuing a solo career as well and, as far as the Billboard Chart is concerned, a more successful one than that of the band. He’s had seven Top 10 titles on his own, though, again, none of them managed to crack the Number 1.
"13's" launch of 155,000 is also easily the biggest sales week for the band since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Their previous best frame came when the live set "Reunion" bowed with 62,000 back in 1998 at No. 11. The new release is only the group's second top 10, following 1971's "Master of Reality," which peaked at No. 8.
Continue reading: 43 Years Later, Black Sabbath Finally Take Over The Billboard Chart
The metal kingpins are back, and clearly we've all been waiting for them to come back
It's taken 43 years, countless splits, reunions and line-up changes, but Black Sabbath have soared to the top of the UK Album Chart to claim their first number one album in over 40 years. 13 marks the triumphant return of the metal Gods and in returning to the top of the album charts the Birmingham rockers even set a new chart record; having the longest gap between no. 1 albums with a whopping 43 years coming between 1970's Paranoid and 2013's 13.
The album ran straight to the top of the mid-week chart when it was released at the beginning of last week and although there was strong competition from Disclosure, Daft Punk, Queens of the Stone Age and Rod Stewart the album stayed strong and scored the group their long-awaited number one distinction. Their new record added five years to the previous record held by Bob Dylan, whose 1970 album New Morning started a 38-year wait until 2009's Together Through Life took him back to the top of the charts.
Clearly surprised by the success of the album, frontman Ozzy Osbourne described himself as "in shock" about the exceptional run the album is on during an interview with OfficialCharts.com. He told the website how the band have "never had a record climb the charts so fast" before and added his own thought on why the album has been a success, saying, "we've got something other people haven't got ... the likes of Rod and us have got something different. We know our craft."
Continue reading: Black Sabbath Nab First Number One Album In 43 Years
Could Black Sabbath battle to the top of the charts?
Black Sabbath are back and it looks like they're back with a bang too, with the metal overlords looking set to score their first number one on the album chart in 43 years. 13 was released at the beginning of this week and it has been slowly creeping up the charts, and it could have a good chance of reaching the coveted spot by the end of the week.The album - the first to feature the (mostly) original lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, TONY IOMMI and Geezer Butler (drummer Burt Ward was forced to sit out the recording process because of health reasons) in 35-years - currently sits at the top of the mid-week charts, however it cannot officially claim to be an official number one until the end of the week. With no real threat in the charts to challenge it for the top spot - bar Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye perhaps - so it looks like the band may be on to recreate the feat their 1970 album Paranoid.
The album was produced by acclaimed Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin and features Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilkes sitting in for Ward, and critics are hailing the album as a return to the doom-laded guitar riffs of the band's classic albums from the 70's. Frontman Osbourne declared his surprise at the album's success earlier today, saying “I can’t believe Black Sabbath may have its first number one album in 43 years.”
The band will continue their world tour in support of the album over the rest of the year, having already played in New Zealand, Australia and parts of Asia. The tour reaches London's O2 Arena in December and will arrive at Houston's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion on July 25.