While Black Sabbath fans tend to agree on most things, the argument over singers Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio still rages on. Just who was the better frontman? Most will obviously side with the former but there are still those who insist Dio will always be number one. Ozzy was responsible for six of the finest albums in the annals of heavy metal but Dio rescued that same band (at least temporarily) from total collapse with two hugely important albums of his own.
The estate of late Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls has released a previously unreleased rehearsal recording of Sabbath rehearsing an early version of their classic song “Heaven And Hell” in 1979 during the pre-production sessions for the album of the same name. The track, which features Nicholls on bass, was uploaded to YouTube by Geoff’s stepson and executor of his estate, Gary Rees. Continue reading
With bands taking so much time between studio albums these days, it’s astonishing to believe that in the space of just three years, between 1970 and 1973, Brummie icons Black Sabbath released no less than five of the most important records in the annals of heavy metal.
Black Sabbath, one of the greatest bands ever, was an act in transition as it entered the 1980s. Less than a year earlier they sacked their legendary lead singer Ozzy Osbourne and replaced him with equally great Ronnie James Dio, previously of Rainbow. The flailing former greats and the hungry vocalist reignited each others passion for Heavy Metal to create something incredible in Heaven and Hell (Vertigo/Warner Bros) The album not only gave the band a shot in the arm, but it also launched their second era with a bang, one their fans would never forget. Continue reading
On the sleeve: a grainy picture of a woman dressed in black. A stagnant pond. A creepy looking mill house.
And two words. Black Sabbath.
On the record: Rain. Thunder. A tolling bell. Those three notes. That voice.
And just like that, in February of 1970 – appropriately enough on the 13th – the face of music was changed forever.
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On the second anniversary of the horrific Las Vegas shooting of 2017, Black Sabbath’s original drummer Bill Ward has shared a new single, ‘Arrows’ in tribute to the lives lost. In a video message posted to his Twitter account. He said: “Hi everybody. My name is Bill Ward, and today I’m speaking on behalf of my band, the BILL WARD BAND”. Read the post and listen to the track below. “Arrows” was written, composed and produced by Ward and features former Whitesnake, Foreigner and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Brian Tichy, and former Black Label Society, Megadeth and White Lion bassist James LoMenzo. There are additional performances by Sarah Dugas and Ezra Ward, as well as Keith Lynch on guitar, and Marcel Fernandez on additional producing and mixing duties.Continue reading
Legendary Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has shared a brief video clip on social meida, expressing his love for the other founding members of the band: Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne. He claims he would be open to any chance to reunite and perform together again. Ward was excluded from the bands’ “The End” farewell tour after initially agreeing to participate in the dates. The band has retired from touring, mostly due to health concerns from Iommi and Osbourne, but have not ruled out one-off gigs and festivals in the future. The band has been featured at events recently for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the group, such as the Hall of Heavy Metal exhibition and the Black Sabbath Bridge and Bench unveiling in their hometown of Birmingham, UK. Even Ozzy has recently expressed a desire to play with Bill again, so hopefully, this moves it closer to reality. Continue reading
Ozzy Osbourneis home recuperating from illness and injury that has derailed his solo farewell tour, the No More Tours 2” Tour. Now Ozzy has clearly been thinking about how Black Sabbath ended their farewell tour and wishes it ended differently. He now says drummer Bill Ward should have been a part of it stating “it should have been the four of us ending it”. In a new interview with Kerrang!, Osbourne noted, “I didn’t like the fact that Bill Ward wasn’t there, for a start. People put that down to me, but it wasn’t me, honestly. We didn’t have the f*cking time to hang around, we had to get going, but I’m sorry it didn’t work out with Bill.Hopefully, this starts the ball rolling for even one final show with Bill, which would be great. The band has officially said they will never tour again but are open to special festivals and one-off concerts. In addition to Ozzy’s solo career, Ward is working on a solo album, art projects and has a podcast, Tony Iommiis making a new solo album with Dr. Brian May of Queen, and Geezer Butler has a new band, rock supergroup Deadland Ritual. Continue reading
Legendary Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward participated in George Wright’s Ultimate Jam Night yesterday, celebrating the life and genius of Randy Rhoads. Ward played in an all-star band and played Sabbath original lineup classic ‘Children of the Grave’. The group Ward played with included James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society), guitarist Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, I Am Morbid, Metal Church) and Vocalist Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill, Day Of Errors). Also Appearing On The Bill Were Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Steve Smyth (Testament, Nevermore, One Machine), Derek Abrams (Ministry), “Ultimate Jam Night” Founder Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), Monte Pittman (Prong, Madonna) and Matt Starr (MR. Big, Ace Frehley). Kelle and Kathy Rhoads were surprise guests. The night was hosted by The Sweet’s Paulie Z. Watch the video now! Continue reading