Ozzy Osbourne says there will 'probably' be another Black Sabbath album
... Life', while Rod Stewart held the British record with 37 years between 1976's 'A Night On The Town' and his current album 'Time', reports the Official Charts Company. Osbourne added: "I'm in shock, the success of this album has blown me off my feet. We've never had a record climb the charts so fast." Visit our new, dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. Ozzy Osbourne says there will 'probably' be another Black Sabbath
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Black Sabbath Win Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards
... The U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine held their annual awards ceremony on Monday night at London's Indigo2. Black Sabbath
was the only multi-award winner on the night, taking Best Album for 13 and Best U.K. Band. Motörhead received the big one, the Golden God, while German vocalist Doro (formerly of Warlock) took the Legend Award and Alice in Chains were named Icons. Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy (and now the Black Star Riders) was named Riff Lord. The winners: ◾Best New Band ' Bleed From Within ◾Best Underground Band ' The Algorithm ◾Dimebag Darrell 'Shredder' ' Eric Calderone ◾Breakthrough Artist ' Asking Alexandria ◾Best Event ' Heavy Metal Census ◾Best International Band ' Stone Sour ◾Best Live Band ' Gojira ◾Best UK Band ' Black Sabbath
◾Best Album ' Black Sabbath
◾Metal As Fuck ' Burgerkill ◾Riff Lord ' Scott Gorham ◾Spirit Of Hammer ' Brian Blessed ◾Inspiration ' Paradise Lost ◾Legend ' Doro ◾Icons ' Alice In Chains ◾The Golden God ' Motörhead More from VVN Music Have Your Say Click here to win an iPhone5! Black Sabbath
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Black Sabbath set for major US debut
... Black Sabbath
'13' will deliver record first week sales for the legendary metal band with midweek sales suggesting the album could sell around 180,000 in America this week. Black Sabbath
's last album sold 21,000 in the first week and 191,000 to date meaning '13' will possibly sell in one week what the last album did in 15 years. Music journo Ed Nimmervol pointed out in his Who Charted blog that Black Sabbath
officially has the longest break between number one albums in England ever. The gap between 'Paranoid' and '13' at number one is 42.8 years. With that Sabbath break the previous record set by Bob Dylan at 38.5 years between 'New Morning' and 'Together Through Life' in the UK. '13' is selling three times more this week than Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories' which is likely to hold on to second place on the US chart. It will be a big week of debuts for America with Lonely Island 'Wack Album', Big Tim Rush '24/Seven', the Man of Steel soundtrack, Christine Michele 'Better', Goo Goo Dolls 'Magnetic' and Jimmy Eat World 'Damage' all set for strong debuts. More from Noise11.com Have Your Say Click here to win an iPhone5! Black Sabbath
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In 2005, Black Sabbath was finally inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. They had been overlooked 7 times, prompting Ozzy to ask that the band be taken off the list, feeling it was a sham because fans don't vote for the inductees. The band's friend and neighbor, Brian May, inducted them. In 2006, the band was also inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tony Iommi was almost unable to take his award home with him because airport security told him that the large sculpture could be used as a weapon.
The band used to rehearse across from a movie theater. They got the idea to make scary music after seeing how much people enjoyed horror movies.
There is a 1964 Boris Karloff movie called Black Sabbath, but according to Tony Iommi, none of the band had seen the movie at the time.
Iommi joined Jethro Tull for 2 weeks in 1968. He appeared with Tull on The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus special, miming "A Song for Jeffrey." Iommi didn't like Jethro Tull's organization, in which he was treated more like an employee than a bandmate. However, he did learn by observing Tull's disciplined rehearsal routines, and brought that professional work ethic back to the band with Ozzy, Geezer, and Bill. Shortly after becoming more structured, the band started writing the songs that would later be recorded for Black Sabbath.
After working with Jethro Tull, guitarist Tony Iommi bought a flute and occasionally played it live. For the most part, it didn't work out.
According to music historian William Ruhlmann, they originally called their jazz-blues band Polka Tulk, later renaming themselves Earth, and they played extensively in Europe. In early 1969, they decided to change their name again when they found that they were being mistaken for another group called Earth. Butler had written a song that took its title from a novel by occult writer Dennis Wheatley, Black Sabbath, and the group adopted it as their new name. (thanks, John - South Bend, IN)
Butler wrote most of the song lyrics by borrowing phrases from Ozzy's stream-of-consciousness vocal melodies and fleshing them out. Ozzy did very little writing until he left the band.
One of the candidates to replace Ozzy when he left in 1978 was Michael Bolotin, who would later change his name to Michael Bolton and sing soft rock. They went with Dio instead.
They were one of the first bands to be considered "Heavy Metal." The phrase was introduced by the 1968 Steppenwolf song "Born To Be Wild."
Osbourne's solo work did much better than the Black Sabbath material after he left.
Iommi used to date Lita Ford. Ozzy did a duet with her in 1989 - "Close My Eyes Forever."
Osbourne and Dio hated each other. One of Ozzy's tours featured a dwarf who Ozzy would call "Ronnie," referring to the vertically-challenged Ronnie James Dio. Dio in turn refused to appear at any date in which Black Sabbath was slated to open for Ozzy's act, calling Ozzy a clown.
Ozzy: "Sabbath were a hippy band. We were into peace."
Ozzy: "The only black magic Sabbath ever got into was a box of chocolates." (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
Prior to the group truly coming together, Iommi worked in an industrial factory. He eventually decided to quit and become a full-time working guitarist. During the last few hours of his last day on the job, his hand became caught in a piece of equipment, severing the tips of his fingers on his right (fretting) hand. Losing the tips of the fingers on your hand is a debilitating accident for a guitarist, but Iommi found a unique way to soldier on. After battling depression over the accident for quite some time, he was visited by his supervisor from the factory, who brought along some Django Reinhardt records. Reinhardt was a jazz guitarist from the mid-20th century who had a disability - several of his fingers had been fused together in a fire. When Iommi heard Reinhardt play (and after receiving a pep talk from his supervisor) he decided that he could overcome his misfortune. He tried various ways to cover and/or extend his fingertips, to dull the pain he now had when trying to play and to make the tips themselves move more easily over the strings. What he finally came up with was taking a plastic detergent bottle, melting it, shaping it into thimble-like prosthetics, sanding them down, and covering them with leather from several jackets until he found one with the right feel. After taking care to form the new tips to snugly fit his fingers, and experimenting with various bonding agents to secure them, Iommi found that he could play again with minimal pain. (thanks, Jim - Watertown, MA)
All original members were from Aston, which is a suburb of Birmingham. They all lived in a one mile radius from each other. (thanks, John - Oslo, Norway)
Dio helped popularize the "Rock Hand Symbol" of the two middle fingers and thumb in to the palm of the hand and the pinky and index finger out as a symbol to "Rock On." He got it from his Grandmother because she used it towards what she believed to be evil people. (thanks, Bryan Risk - Hamilton, Canada)
In their early embryonic days as the Polka Tulk Blues Band, the group also featured a slide guitarist and saxophone player. The rest of the band eventually reformed stealthily without them.
Despite going to the same (violent) school in Birmingham, Ozzy and Iommi never spoke to each other much until several years afterward, when they connected through an ad Ozzy had circulated about needing a band.
Early rejected band names included: "Fred Carno's Army" (suggested by manager Jim Simpson) and "Jimmy Underpass and the Six-Way Combo" (Ozzy's suggestion).
Upon writing their first original songs, the band immediately knew they had something good. It was dark and menacing and made extensive use of the tritone, a musical interval of notes that sound particularly tense, almost evil. The band soon grew tired of playing cover tunes, especially because their original material didn't mesh well with the blues that they'd been playing up until that point.
At one point Tony Iommi played an upside down Gibson SG. Someone saw him doing it and said "I have a [right-handed] friend who plays a left-handed one upside down"! That guy and Tony swapped guitars, and both were happy.
In April 1989, while the band was touring in support of Headless Cross, a gig in Mexico was shut down and crew members were arrested on arrival. The Catholic Church in Mexico had protested the Sabbath show, and the mayor banned the event last-minute.
Vocalist Ronnie James Dio died of metastasized stomach cancer in 2010.
On 11-11-11 the band's original lineup announced that they were reuniting for a new album and tour in 2012, having already written seven or eight new songs.