Black Sabbath 'Ecstatic' About Grammy Nominations
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frontman Ozzy Osbourne has released a statement on behalf of the band regarding the group's three Grammy Award nominations, which were announced Friday in Los Angeles. "We are ecstatic, surprised and very happy!" says Osbourne. The band's latest album, "13", earned a nomination for"Best Rock Album", while the track "God Is Dead?" is a contender for "Best Rock Song" and "Best Metal Performance." Sabbath's last Grammy win was in 2000 for "Best Metal Performance" for "Iron Man" from the band's "Reunion" live album. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). more on this story hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. Black Sabbath
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Black Sabbath Nominated For Multiple Grammy Awards
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's reunion studio album 13 has been nominated for a Grammy in the annual awards event, while their track God Is Dead? has been shortlisted for two more. They're named in the categories of Best Rock Album, Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Song for the 56th ceremony, which takes place on January 26 in Los Angeles. The metal veterans have previously won just one Grammy, for their live rendition of Iron Man on 1999 album Reunion. David Bowie and the Rolling Stones both have three nominations while Led Zeppelin and Queens Of The Stone Age have two, and Paul McCartney is named in four categories. Other nominees include Anthrax, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, Volbeat, Gary Clark Jr, Muse, Kings of Leon, Neil Young, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica. Check out who Sabbath will be going up against and other rock related nominations here. Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission. 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.