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Black Sabbath at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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The new Black Sabbath album (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler all included), 13, is out this week (6/10), and the band just released the video for its single, "God Is Dead?" Check it out below.

As discussed, Sabbath will be the in NYC-area for a show on August 4 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Tickets for that show are still available.

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Just gonna post this press release:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees BLACK SABBATH (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler) will make a rare television appearance when they perform a new song from their forthcoming 13 album in the season finale of "CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION," Wednesday, May 15 (10:00-11:00PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The appearance will mark the world premiere of the song "End of the Beginning" from BLACK SABBATH's much-anticipated new album 13, due out June 11 on Vertigo/Republic. This marks the group's return to Vertigo, their original label, and BLACK SABBATH's first studio album since 1978's Never Say Die! They have sold more than 70 million albums together.

Click here to see a preview of the episode and some sound bites from BLACK SABBATH and the CSI cast.

Black Sabbath, who last gave us a new song in April, recently announced an Austin show and a Chicago show, a NJ show, and 17 other dates, all of which are listed below...

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Black Sabbath's stage at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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Tickets for the Black Sabbath at show at PNC Bank Arts Center go on sale today at noon.

Stream their new single, "God Is Dead?," below...

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As seen on Invisible Oranges, Black Sabbath's first album with founding vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in more than 35 years is on the way, but you can stream the first single, "God is Dead?," from the 13 LP below.

As discussed, Iommi, Butler & Osbourne are scheduled to play select US dates in August, including PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 4, as part of a growing string of US dates this August. Tickets are currently on presale, and go on regular sale Saturday (4/20).

All other known tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Black Sabbath asks "God is Dead?" (stream their new song)"

UPDATE: Listen to a new song now!

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Black Sabbath on 'CSI,' no joke
Black Sabbath

Via Ozzy's Facebook:

For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.

Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I'm just trying to be a better person.

I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period.........and my fans.

God Bless,

Ozzy

Best to Ozzy. If he has made it before I'm sure it can happen again.

Catch a sober Ozzy Osbourne with his reunited band Black Sabbath on the road this summer, including at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 4. Tickets go on presale Thursday (4/18) with a presale code of "SABBATH," and regular sale on Saturday at noon.

As discussed, the first Black Sabbath single from the new album 13, "God is Dead," will be released Thursday (via Clear Channel radio stations) and another will be performed on the season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (no shit) which airs May 15. Iommi recently described the LP as one that "sits comfortably with our first three albums - Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master Of Reality." That would make my year, but we'll see.

the three members of Black Sabbath...
Black Sabbath

As mentioned, Black Sabbath's long-awaited, Rick-Rubin-produced new album, 13, is coming out June 13. The first single, "God is Dead?," will be released on Thursday (4/18) so keep an ear out for that. Meanwhile the band, which includes Ozzy Ozzborne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, have announced initial summer tour tour dates, including one in the NYC area at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 4. Tickets go on Facebook presale on Thursday at 10 AM (password: "SABBATH") with the regular on-sale happening Saturday (4/20). All announced dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Black Sabbath releasing new single, announce 2013 tour dates (PNC Bank Arts Center included)"

UPDATE: Listen to a new song now!

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Black Sabbath

As mentioned, the long-awaited, Rick Rubin-produced new Black Sabbath album 13, is out June 11 and available to preorder in a bunch of different formats and packaging of various levels of fanciness/price. The foursome, who is now Ozzy Osbourne/Tony Iommi/Geezer Butler and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk, just released a new video that reveals... the album art. Ta-dah! (It's above, too.) Watch it, and another video on the making of the LP, below.

Still no word on US dates, but I would imagine that the legendary metal band should have something for us in the near future. Fingers crossed. All known Sabbath dates are below.

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Black Sabbath @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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Black Sabbath have finally set the release date for their much-delayed, Rick Rubin-produced album, 13, which will hit stores physically and digitally on June 11. You can pre-order the album now in a variety of formats, including a $100 deluxe edition that comes with a 180-gram vinyl, double CD, DVD and a downloadable track-by-track interview with the band. You can watch a making-of video that includes in-studio footage, below.

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Black Sabbath @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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Black Sabbath announces:

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (January 13, 2013)--Today, the 13th of January 2013, rock legends BLACK SABBATH have announced the title of their new album, 13, which will be released this June (exact date TBA). The original BLACK SABBATH--OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar) and GEEZER BUTLER (bass)--have recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles and were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine). Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S. 13 marks the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees' return to Vertigo, the band's original label; it's the group's first studio album together since 1978's Never Say Die! They have sold over 70 million albums together.

In advance of the album's release, BLACK SABBATH will head to New Zealand, Australia and Japan for live performances (see below for tour dates). Additional tour plans will be revealed in the coming months.

Not surprisingly but sadly, drummer Bill Ward is nowhere to be found in the announcement. The initial list of 2013 tour dates, including Ozzfest in Tokyo, is below...

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Michael Bolton, who seems to have a good sense of humor about his crappy music, will star as himself in new sitcom Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life according to Deadline. Look for the new sitcom on ABC next year.

Black Sabbath (sans Bill Ward) are finally going to do that album with producer Rick Rubin.

Gothamist wonders aloud if Barclays Center might have a racist metal detector policy (via an article in the NY Post).

I swear the BrooklynVegan not-CMJ day party lineups are coming very soon, though we've already revealed that we've got METZ, Deap Vally and Murals.

The 2012 edition of Austin City Limits, which is switching to two weeks next year, went down over the weekend (sans The Weeknd). Check out our photos from Day Two and Day One. Day Three on the way.

Speaking of the trend of having your festival two weekends in a row now, Ultra Music Festival announced they're doing it too.

Jon Carmanica at the NY Times talks about dance stars evolving to pop fame.

The same issue of the NY Times profiles Ellie Goulding who is dating pop fame dance star Skrillex (who she was hanging out with at Pianos the other night).

Adele's "Someone Like You" has topped another chart: most popular songs at funerals.

The Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las tour hit Chicago last week. We got pictures.

Speaking of pictures, in NY we recently captured the butt shaking going on at Bowery for Nicky Da B, Flying Lotus and then SBTRKT at Terminal 5, Public Image LTD at both MHOW and Hammerstein, Menomena at Bowery (MHOW on the way), Revelation Records Anniversary Night Two (three and four on the way), and Morrissey not once, not twice, but thrice.

And oh yeah, don't forget the New York Comic Con shots.

Stream Divine Fits' appearance on NPR's World Cafe from earlier today.

Xbox's iTunes-esque new music service debuts tomorrow. Surprise: you're going to have to update your firmware to use it.

Kitty Pride, who plays CMJ this week, hates fellow redhead Tori Amos. For weird reasons.

More stuff below...

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Black Sabbath at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
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3/4 of the original Black Sabbath lineup (drummer BIll Ward not included) played their first US show on their 2012 reunion tour at Lollapalooza last night (8/3). Their killer setlist relied most heavily on their first three colossal LPs, Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Master of Reality, treating the crowd to a ton of favorites like "NIB," "War Pigs," "Sweet Leaf," and many more. Bill Ward's replacement, Rob Zombie/Alice Cooper/Ted Nugent drummer Tommy Clufetos, took an arguably unwelcome drum solo before "Iron Man," but the band were otherwise in top form.

More pics from Black Sabbath's set at Lollapalooza are HERE. The setlist and videos from their set are below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Black Sabbath / M83 / the crowd, Lollapalooza 8/03/2012
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2012 - Day 1

A bell tolls, a bass guitar moans, and Ozzy Osbourne sings. "What is this that stands before me?" the former archnemesis of John Cardinal O'Connor intones with chilling deliberation. Black Sabbath - three-quarters of them, anyway - are back to reprise the doom-ridden, Beelzebub-baiting classics from the '70s. Osbourne sounds in good voice initially, slicing through Tony Iommi's granite-hard guitar riffs and Geezer Butler's nuclear-strength bass. He even lays down some credible blues harp on "Wizard." But, as if to prove he isn't lip-synching, Osbourne struggles to nail some of the high notes in "War Pigs." No matter, Sabbath was never about sex appeal or perfection. They were dead-end working-class kids who had no use for the romanticism of the flower-power era, and instead peered into the abyss that awaits us all. The songs, which just happened to invent an entire genre of music, still sound magnificent, from "N.I.B." to "Iron Man." [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza, the mother of indie U.S. festivals, is happening this weekend at Grant Park in Chicago. Friday (8/3) kicked things off with such bands Black Sabbath, Afghan Whigs, Passion Pit, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Metric, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. If you're not in Chicago but would still like to have the Lollapalooza experience, just skip showering, turn off your A/C, crack open a beverage and watch the festival's livestream on YouTube.

More Lollapalooza Friday pics are below.

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"At the request of Bill Ward, through his attorney, so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current Black Sabbath lineup, we have temporarily removed Bill Ward's images from the main pages of the blacksabbath.com official website. In accordance with Bill Ward's attorney's request, we are doing so for the duration of the forthcoming shows." -- BLACK SABBATH

Geezer

I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet. It has been a very tough year for us as a band, having announced our reunion plans, only for Tony to be diagnosed with lymphoma, leaving us no choice but to postpone the proposed Sabbath tour, and then for Bill to go public on his site about an un-signable contract. None of us knew how Tony was going to respond to his intensive chemo therapy, and radiotherapy. Ozzy and myself flew to England to be with Tony, and on his "good" days, we'd meet at his home studio and put ideas together for the upcoming album, all sitting down together, no drummer involved, just 3 of us quietly putting together ideas. We thought that when we had enough songs together for a full band rehearsal, we'd move back to L.A and put the whole thing together with Bill. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he'd been offered an un-signable contract. He hadn't told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us let alone in public. We had the idea of keeping just one show in this year, hoping that Tony would be well enough for that show, and that things with Bill would be sorted. As you may expect, a one off show at Donnington Festival (Download) costs an absolute fortune to stage, involving over 50 people, transport, air fares, hotels, meals, agents, promotors, accountants, lawyers etc, so none of us, expected to make much money from it- it was a one off Sabbath show for the fans, before we go into recording the new album. Apparently, this wasn't acceptable to Bill's representatives, they wanted an amount that was so unrealistic that it seemed to have been a joke. So we resigned ourselves to doing Download without Bill, hoping he'd change his mind and at least make a guest appearance. We started rehearsals a few weeks ago with Tommy Cluefetos, the drummer who will be on the Ozzy and Friends Tour. Brilliant drummer and good bloke. It was decided we'd better do a warm up show, to break the ice since we haven't played together live. The O2 Academy was available in Birmingham, where we were rehearsing, so we decided on that, and to make a donation to Help For Heroes Charity, since we'd be ironing out any glitches we may have. Then Bill put out a further statement saying he'd been ready to play the Birmingham show , but he was expected to have to do it "for free"- well, I think that's basically how you raise money from gigs for charity - you play them "for free".

All I am saying [again] is that there are two sides to everything. I do hope to play with Bill again some day. For whatever reason; it wasn't meant to be this time. Bill's made his decision, and I have to respect that. Hopefully this painful year will be worth the wait for the new Sabbath album and end in joy and happiness for all.
Stay frosty,
Geezer

Whatever the story, it still seems questionable that they cropped Bill out of old pictures! Most importantly though, I hope Tony is healing quickly and feeling good.

photo on Black Sabbath website shot (top) vs. original (below)
Black Sabbath without Bill Ward
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another example...
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In addition to their recent comments, I guess we now know how Black Sabbath really feel about Bill Ward and his recent statements. Head to BlackSabbath.com to see many more Ward-less photos of the band Oof. (thx Seth)

"We have decided not to make any  detailed  comment  on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony's treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See  you at Download." --Black Sabbath, 5/17/12

Bill Ward

It's official.

Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians,

I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won't be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2012.

Read the rest of Bill Ward's note below. Hopefully they can come to terms for some later dates.

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Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
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Chicago Sun Times reports:

Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.

The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.

The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.

Check out the full list below...

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by BBG

Bill Ward

We were saddened to hear yesterday via Facebook that Bill declined publicly to participate in our current Black Sabbath plans...we have no choice but to continue recording without him although our door is always open... We are still in the UK with Tony. Writing and recording the new album and on a roll... See you at Download!!!

- Tony, Ozzy and Geezer

Burn! Well, that sucks.... in my estimation, Bill Ward is crucial to Black Sabbath. Stay tuned for more fun... they do say the "door is always open."

The above statement (in a Facebook post!) comes in response to the public statement that Bill Ward made about not wanting to sign their contract.

Black Sabbath

Things got a little worse for the reunited Black Sabbath who are already struggling with Tony Iommi's ongoing battle with lymphoma. The band, who is reportedly working on new material and are scheduled to begin touring in May, received an open letter from original drummer Bill Ward who is unahppy with the band's insistence that he sign an "unreasonable contract" (again). He swears though that his "position is not greed-driven." and that he's "not holding out for a 'big piece' of the action (money) like some kind of blackmail deal." Read it in full below...

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Black Sabbath (more by Tim Griffin)
Black Sabbath

A birdie reports that the re-reunited Black Sabbath was actually supposed to be headlining one of the (two) days of Coachella this year, but that the band was forced to cancel today due to the sad revelation that Tony Iommi has cancer. Goldenvoice scrambled last minute to find a replacement and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (or maybe it was the Black Keys) is what they came up with. Full 2012 lineup HERE. Poster below...

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by BBG

Tony Iommi at Saint Vitus (more by Samantha Marble)
Tony Iommi

Legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system.

Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan and remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.

This comes as BLACK SABBATH -- Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) -- are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the U.K. to continue to work with Tony. -[Blabbermouth]

So far, all previously discussed Black Sabbath reunion dates are STILL ON, though if that were to change, I think we would all agree that the guitar god's health is more important than any live endeavors.

All current dates and video of two full concerts of one of the greatest guitar players of all time is below.

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Tony Iommi at Saint Vitus (more by Samantha Marble)
Tony Iommi

After a round of leaks and denials early this year, Tony Iommi stepped away from promoting his book for a minute today and confirmed a Black Sabbath reunion of the original lineup (Ward, Osbourne, Iommi, Butler) for an appearance at the Download Festival in the UK on 6/10/12 in addition to a new record produced by Rick Rubin (their first with this lineup in 33 years) AND plans for a world tour to follow. The announcement came at 11:11 PST on 11/11/11 along with scant details and the below video.

Continue reading "Black Sabbath announces (another) reunion"

photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG

Tony Iommi

If you were to give a shortlist of the greatest guitarists in rock n' roll, I am sure that names like Pete Townsend, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix would be on the tip of everyone's tongue. Tony Iommi should probably be named in the same breath. The guitarist helped to create a genre and a movement with his work as axeman in Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell (aka Black Sabbath), and as a solo artist.

Tony Iommi swung by Brooklyn metal venue Saint Vitus from 3-4pm on the afternoon of Thursday, 11/3 (same day the unrelated Of Stardust event) to sign copies of his new book Iron Man. Pictures from the event are in this post and continue, along with a video of Tony answering fan questions two days earlier via Livestream, below...

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Tony Iommi, in his own words:

"I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a BLACK SABBATH reunion.

"At the time I was supporting the Home Of Metal exhibition was merely speculating shooting the breeze on something all of us get asked constantly, 'Are you getting back together?'

"Thanks to the Internet it's now gone round the world as some sort of 'official' statement on my part; absolute nonsense. I hope he's enjoyed his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense.

"To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better." -[Blabbermouth]

Oh well! (or maybe not oh well? time will tell)