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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.
This year's Download Festival turned out to be a very wet weekend with constant downpours and thunderstorms throughout the three days, but what would 'Drownload' festival be without a little bit of rain? Thick with mud and soggy from the rain, the crowds all gathered looking for a fantastic time and with phenomenal headliners Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden the weekend was never going to disappoint. Aside from the wrestling and the creative Zippo lighters that you could engrave in the Zippo Encore booth, as well as get hold of the limited edition Download Zippo lighter, the music line up for this year's festival was phenomenal - and we can't wait for the next Download festival already.
There were multiple highlights throughout the weekend, and as we stocked up on burgers, we headed down to the Lemmy stage to catch one of the more out-there acts of the weekend - Babymetal. Babymetal were mesmerising as they always are, with hit songs Gimme Chocolate and Road To Resistance taking the crowd by storm. A giant circle pit opened as the Japanese J-pop/metal band took to the stage and gave a fantastically choreographed performance as always.
Killswitch Engage managed to slay the stage as they always do, even in the torrential downpour that overtook their set, as the band plunged into hit songs My Curse, Strength Of The Mind and My Last Serenade, there was nothing that they can do to disappoint. A huge crowd turned out to watch the band, even in the mudpit that the Lemmy stage gave way to.
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Download festival is now in its 13th year and is continuing to bring us metal behemoths and rock gods from all over the world with Donnington Park once again playing host to the UK's biggest rock festival from Friday 10th - Sunday 12th June.
This year the festival boasts a stellar line-up with Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden all headlining respectively. But that's not all. With Korn, Deftones, Megadeth, Disturbed, Nightwish and many other bands taking to the stages at this year's Download Festival it is set to be a killer weekend.
In light of the unexpected and sad news of the passing of Motorhead's Lemmy earlier this year, the main stage has aptly been renamed The Lemmy Stage. Rammstein return to Download for the second year to headline on the Lemmy stage on the Friday night and many will be expecting an anarchic live performance. The band are due to be preceded by Korn and Killswitch Engage whom will be attracting veteran rock lovers in large crowds.
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The German metal band will close the opening night of the 2016 festival.
German metallers Rammstein have been named as the third and final headlining act for next year’s Download festival. The annual metal festival, which will take place June 10-12, 2016 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, will also be headlined by Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.
Rammstein will headline next year’s Download Festival along with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.
Rammstein will headline on the Friday night, with Black Sabbath taking top billing on the Saturday. The festival will then be closed by Iron Maiden, making their third headlining appearance, on the Sunday evening.
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Sabbath wrapped a massive reunion tour early last year, and are making plans to get back out on the road one last time in 2016.
Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath have announced details of what they claim will be their “final tour” early next year.
Billed in the band’s press release as “the final tour from the greatest metal band of all time”, ‘The End’ tour covers a number of North American cities. It kicks off in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20th 2016 and ends on February 25th at New York’s Madison Square Garden, having taken in 17 dates on the way. There will then be seven dates in Australia and New Zealand running from April 15th-30th.
Continue reading: Black Sabbath Announce Plans For Their Last Ever Tour
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.
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