Fact: Ozzy Osbourne cancelled his appearance at the Nordoff Robins O2 Silver Clef awards on Friday (04Jul14) so he could prepare for Black Sabbath's headline slot at British Summertime in London's Hyde Park that night. His bandmates accepted the AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award in his absence.
Fact: Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Motorhead are set to team up to rock the centre of London this summer (Jul14) as part of a 10-day festival at Hyde Park. The historic venue's British Summer Time festival will kick off with a heavy rock spectacular on 4 July (14), which will also feature Faith No More and and Wolfmother.
Quote: "This has really freaked me out. I knew it was a f**king good album but somebody just told me it's gone top in 50 countries. I didn't know there were 50 countries, and I'm number one in all of them. I'm just devastated." Metal star Ozzy Osbourne reacts to the news that Black Sabbath's comeback album 13 is a hit across the world, and the band's first U.S. chart-topper.
Tweet: "Had a great time at the Black Sabbath concert in Oz with Tommy Iommi." Aerosmith star Joe Perry found time to catch Black Sabbath's show in Melbourne on Monday (29Apr13) during a trip to Australia. Both bands are currently touring Down Under.
Fact: Reunited rockers Black Sabbath have added four North American dates to their 2013 world tour plans. The group, fronted by Ozzy Osbourne, will play shows in Holmdel, New Jersey; Los Angeles; Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, Canada in August and September (13).
Fact: Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates will premiere new track End Of The Beginning during the season finale of Tv drama Csi: Crime Scene Investigation. The reunited rockers will make a cameo appearance on the show, which will air in the U.S. on 15 May (13), and perform the track as part of a Tv concert.
Fact: Drummers including former GUNS N' ROSES star STEVEN ADLER and Black Sabbath's Vinny Appice have signed up to take part in a tribute performance to late Led Zeppelin percussionist John Bonham. The fourth annual event, now titled Bonzo Bash Namm Jamm 2013, will take place at the Observatory in Anaheim, California in January (13).
Fact: Tool, Slash and the Deftones will join Black Sabbath and Slipknot at Japan's first Ozzfest next year (13). Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor will be on double duty at the Makuhari Messe event - his band Stone Sour will also be performing. Ozzfest Japan will take place over a weekend next May (13).
Quote: "At the moment we're in talks... but what's gonna happen with it, I don't know. There's no definite decision on anything at the moment, but at least it's going... We're all talking to each other. We've met up, had a play (rehearsal), and it was great... We're taking it steady, because these things have a tendency to backfire." Rocker Tony Iommi on plans for another Black Sabbath reunion.
Fact: The woman behind the successful Rock-A-Bye Baby music line, which turns the hits of Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath and GUNS N' ROSES into soothing baby music, is Van Halen rocker David Lee Roth's sister Lisa.
Fact: Heavy rock icons Black Sabbath are re-releasing their 1970 album PARANOID. The three-disc release will include a remixed version and a number of instrumentals and outtakes from the original studio sessions.
Fact: Rock legends Black Sabbath are being honoured with their own range of Converse shoes. The specially designed footwear will go on sale in the U.S. in time for Christmas (08).
Quote: "I was on holiday in France once with my wife and I passed out and when I woke up my balls were really f**king itchy and when I looked down I saw that they'd shaved my nuts. That's stuck in my memory." Ozzy Osbourne recalls the worst prank his Black Sabbath bandmates ever pulled on him.
Quote: "You need that kind of tension, or else you end up making the Christmas album." Rocker RONNIE JAMES DIO insists a little friction between him and his old Black Sabbath bandmates TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER was useful when they reteamed to form new supergroup HEAVEN + HELL.
Quote: "If we'd have played as loud as we do play onstage there'd be f**king dead bodies in there now." Ozzy Osbourne jokes about why Black Sabbath didn't play live when they were inducted into the Rock + Roll Hall of Fame on Monday night (13MAR06).