While a majority of the North American shows will take place in Canada, the dates on this continent start and end right here in the United States, with Sabbath set to perform at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on March 31, then hit Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on April 26.
Jason Newsted, who played bass in Metallica for 15 years (and Ozzy Osbourne’s band for a year), sums it up nicely: “Black Sabbath is timeless, ageless, and I guess could be considered the godfathers of our kind of music.”
Last week, we gave you the lowdownon Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal, which takes you from the ’60s to today. It’s a great history lesson, and a very readable one. On the flip side is The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists, which gets into a crucial part of the heavy metal culture, namely, arguing about who is great, who sucks, and who is a poser.
The book starts off in the pre-metal era of the ’60s, covering the Stooges, the MC5 and Alice Cooper (when “Alice Cooper” represented a band, not just the frontman). It quickly moves to the early ’70s, starting with the formation of Black Sabbath and, shortly after fellow Brummies Judas Priest.
After years of anticipation, battles with former drummer Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne‘s relapse, and guitarist Tony Iommi‘s harrowing health scare, Black Sabbath finally released 13 a few months back, which debuted at #1 on the […]
The American portion of Black Sabbath’s comeback tour has come and gone, and Tony Iommi remains in treatment for lymphoma. But if his latest update is any indication his treatment is going as well as one can expect.
Tony Iommi said in a recent interview that Black Sabbath turned down former Cream drummer Ginger Baker because they didn’t want to have “problems”. What exactly is he referring to?
In Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades. Here, we focus on Black Sabbaths 1983 post-Dio-era curio ‘Born Again.’
Just ahead of Black Sabbath’s show at the Comcast Center this coming Monday, Ozzy Osbourne called our very own Chuck Nowlin to check in on the weather, the set list, and Boston’s local bat population.
How was Tony Iommi’s playing? How did Ozzy sound? And did the band suffer at all from not having original drummer Bill Ward with them on this tour?