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by Bill Pearis

"Where's the basement?" Ozzy & Jack at The Alamo (photo via @austinzettner)
Ozzy Alamo

Of the many legends synonymous with Ozzy Osbourne is that of being banned in San Antonio, TX after he peed on the Alamo in 1982 during a photo shoot for Melody Maker. He was allowed back in the city ten years later after he donated to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, but returned this past week to officially apologize, and to tour the historical site for the first time since he couldn't hold it anymore. It was all part of a new History Channel series Ozbourne is doing with his son, Jack, where they'll roam around the country visiting famous historical sites. (No Drunk History jokes please.) About the show, Ozzy says:

Jack and I are doing a thing for the History Channel, like a father and son spoof on history. We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he's the fucking reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine [Alan Turing] used to break the [German] kind. We're going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It's educational for me, actually -- history with an Osbourne slant.
No word on when Ozzy's History Channel show will debut but there's news report video of Ozzy and Jack's visit to The Alamo below.

As you may know, Ozzy and Black Sabbath are still on their "final" tour which includes two shows at Madison Square Garden in February and three more NYC-area shows next summer.

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photos by Gretchen Robinette

Janes Addiction / Peaches / Babes in Toyland / Django Django
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015
Voodoo Fest 2015

[Ozzy] Osbourne started out his [headlining] set with "I Don't Know," "Mr. Crowley," and "Bark at the Moon." He sprayed the crowd with a fire hose throughout the night, dumped a bucket of water on his head twice and repeatedly asked the audience if they were having fun. "I can't f---ing hear you," he kept saying, smiling when the crowd responded with cheers. This was the 66-year-old's first solo performance in several years.

"Iron Man" was a crowd favorite, with Morello, Slash and Butler joining Osbourne on the stage. Morello's guitar had a sign reading "Ozzy Rules"on the back with "Arm the Homeless" on the front.

Two Smurfs made out in the Loa VIP section, blue falling down their faces with the rain as Butler performed an impressive bass solo during "N.I.B." [BILLBOARD]
The rain hit hard in New Orleans on Halloween, which made for a very soggy Day 2 of the 2015 Voodoo Fest, but spirits didn't seem to be too dampened as people enjoyed sets from Ozzy Ozbourne (with Geezer Butler, Slash and Tom Morello), Jane's Addiction, Babes in Toyland, Django Django, Peaches, Santigold, Public Image Limited, The Growlers and more. Pictures from Saturday are in this post, though unfortunately none of Ozzy's supergroup, but you can check out his setlist below.

Over in the comparatively dry tent that was the Toyota Music Den (which was co-curated by us) there were performances and Q&As featuring Django Django, Babes in Toyland, and more..

The final day of Voodoo Fest (11/1) was canceled due to worsening weather (and tornado warnings), but there ended up being an all-star jam at New Orleans spot 30/90 on Sunday night featuring Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, Lettuce, Ludlow Thieves and other Voodoo acts.

Pics from day 1 are HERE. More from Voodoo Fest's rainy Halloween and the Ozzy setlist, below...

Continue reading "2015 Voodoo Fest day 2: Jane's Addiction, Babes in Toyland, Peaches, Santigold & more pics +++ Ozzy's supergroup setlist"

photos: Voodoo Fest (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Voodoo Fest
Voodoo Fest

The 2015 The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience aka Voodoo Fest is about to kick off in New Orleans. Running from October 30-November 1, the annual Halloween weekend fest features Florence + The Machine, Modest Mouse, Jane's Addiction, Jason Isbell, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Public Image LTD, Metric, Gerard Way, Joey Bada$$, Babes in Toyland, Peaches, Title Fight and Ozzy Osbourne with a new supergroup that involves Tom Morello, Geezer Butler and Slash, among many other acts. Tickets are still on sale. Check out the full schedule.

If you can't make it, Yahoo will be streaming select performances live (streaming schedule below).

Nola.com has a great guide to the fest that should have you covered in terms of where to park, what to eat, and all important things like that (unfortunately there might be some rain).

BrooklynVegan will be back at the fest this year taking pictures, and helping out in the Toyota Music Den which we helped curate along with SPIN and Stereogum. Stop by the tent to catch some of the fest's artists play a 2nd set in a much more intimate environment. Friday's Music Den schedule includes Wax Motif, Gerard Way, Frank Turner and The Joy Formidable. Saturday has Django Django and Babes in Toyland. Sunday includes Fishbone and July Talk. Check out the full schedule below.

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photo: Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath

The most legendary of metal legends, Black Sabbath, have added another leg to their "final" tour for 2016. It already included NYC dates at Madison Square Garden on February 25 and 27 and now includes more dates in the area in August.

The new dates include Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 17 on Long Island, PNC Bank Arts Center on August 23 in NJ, and Mohegan Sun Arena on August 27 in Connecticut. Tickets for the new dates go on sale Saturday (10/31) at 10 AM with Citi and VIP package presales starting Wednesday (10/28) at 10 AM and a Ticketmaster presale starting Friday (10/30) at 10 AM. The MSG dates (same link) are still on sale.

Like the first leg, Rival Sons are opening this one. Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Black Sabbath add summer leg to "final" tour, more NYC area dates included"

photo: Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath recently announced their "final" tour for 2016, which includes NYC's Madison Square Garden on February 25. Since we last spoke, they added a second night for February 27 at the same venue. Tickets for 2/27 are currently on Citi/VIP presale. Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales start Friday (9/25) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starts Saturday (9/26) at 10 AM. The 2/25 show is still on sale (same link).

Sabbath's lineup for the tour includes original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Opening on all dates is Rival Sons.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Black Sabbath add second MSG show to 2016 "final" tour"

photo: Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Black Sabbath discussed retirement not long ago, and now they announced what they're calling "The Final Tour by The Greatest Metal Band of All Time." It has original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler (no Bill Ward) and begins in January 2016.

The tour hits NYC on February 25 at Madison Square Garden with Rival Sons. Tickets go on sale 9/12 at 10 AM. All dates are listed, along with a tour announcement video, below.

Keith Richards will probably not catch this one.

Continue reading "Black Sabbath announce "final" tour for 2016, Madison Square Garden included -- dates"


New Orleans music festival Voodoo Music Experience returns this year Halloween weekend from October 30 - November 1. The lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne ft. Geezer Butler, Tom Morello & Slash, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Florence + the Machine, Babes In Toyland, Jack U (aka Diplo & Skrillex), Gerard Way, Joey Bada$$ & the Soul Rebels, Clutch, The Cult, Fishbone, Title Fight, Duke Dumont, Santigold, Frank Turner, Girl Talk, Hundred Waters, Deadmau5, Third Eye Blind and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Voodoo 2015 lineup & tix (Ozzy Osbourne, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, more)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.

The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?

The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.

Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.


Continue reading "24 of the best 25 metal bands, according to a MetalSucks poll (#1 coming soon, but seems obvious)"

I said what??? (more by Greg Cristman)
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Ozzy Osbourne released the following statement last night:


"Firstly, I never spoke to 'The Mail Online.' Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for The Shortlist that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create 'The Mail Online' story [about 9-11]. I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel. Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone--that was never or would ever be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It's another life lesson learned.

My representatives have asked 'The Mail Online' to pull the piece, but of course, they've refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant 'The Mail Online' put on the story.

Love and peace to everyone. May your God go with you."

--Ozzy Osbourne

In related news, Ozzy recently said that Black Sabbath are working on another album.

by Ian Chainey

Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Black Sabbath singer and knighthood write-in Ozzy Osbourne can't convert a barn at his Buckinghamshire, England estate until he receives the okay from Chiltern District Council that precautions have been taken to protect affected native wildlife. An animal high on the list? Bats. Ozzy Osbourne has to protect bats.

Indeed, it's an interesting day for unspeakable giant bugs and believers in cosmic irony. Ozzy Osbourne, the man who infamously, unwittingly chomped down upon a bat in his post-Black Sabbath, early '80s gonzo years, will be blocked from transforming the barn into a two bedroom house until further studies are carried out proving both mammals can coexist. All species of bats in the United Kingdom fall under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. (Same bat act, same bat regulation?) As of now, it's unclear exactly what safety measures would need to be enacted. Hopefully, no one has contacted Manu Ginobili.

In other news, Bill Ward returned five bat cages and an owl brush to a local pet store. (We kid, we kid.)

If all this bat business is new to you, a video explaining the original winged rodent incident, along with a 1982 Ozzy live set, appears below. And after that you might want to google "Ozzy + Alamo."

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by Ian Chainey

Black Sabbath in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Is the Dark Lord going to be a knight? Will your Photoshop skills land you a place on Geezer Butler's bass? It's a heck of a busy day if you're a Black Sabbath devotee.

First, to UK cyberspace we go, where a petition to get Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne knighted is nearing the creator-imposed 5,000 signature threshold on Causes.com. Started by superfan Helen Maidiotis in February of this year, the Angelfire-art-outfitted petition is gaining steam as press and metalheads around the world catch on. The idea behind the venture is to get the attention of David Spooner, Honours and Appointments Secretariat. And, surprisingly, it has. In the campaign's embryonic stages, Spooner suggested that Maidiotis scrap the original plan to knight the entire band and focus her attention on one member. Thus, the petition and The Knighthood of Ozz Facebook page was born.

So far, the push to tack an official 'sir' prefix on the 65 year old granddaddy of metal has drawn support from expected and unexpected sources. Osbourne's daughter Kelly is a noted proponent and former Ozzy guitarist Bernie Tormé has pledged his support with a letter to the cabinet office. The most intriguing development? Maidiotis says even Buckingham Palace is now familiar: "Our campaign has reached Buckingham Palace, as a friend of mine had sent off letters explaining about our battle for Ozzy's knighthood - and they have replied positively." Officials no doubt double-checked to ensure Osbourne hadn't harmed any corgis during his notorious run of '80s debauchery.

The other Sabbath tidbit is Geezer Butler, original/current four-string plucker, is asking interested parties to supply the legend with a new logo. Full details are available at his website, though this PR pic will no doubt pique your interest:

Geezer Butler

Nice! Right near the tone controls. I don't even think I need to plot this one out.

While you craft your snarkiest 300 / P.S. I Love You joke, relive the glory days of both gods with a 1970 Sabbath concert below...

Continue reading "Ozzy Osbourne knighthood campaign launched; Geezer Butler wants a new logo (you can design it)"

Black Sabbath at PNC Bank Arts Center in August (more by Greg Cristman)
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Black Sabbath, who are currently reunited with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler all in tow (no Bill Ward though), have a new album out, and went on a tour over the summer which brought them to Connecticut, New Jersey, and other places. It felt a little strange that they omitted NYC, but they've now announced another tour for 2014 which kicks off at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 31! Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 AM. No openers announced yet, but Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are opening their November/December European tour. All dates are listed below.

Sabbath are also documenting their 2013 tour with a new live DVD/CD Black Sabbath: Live...Gathered in Their Masses, which will be out on November 26 via Vertigo/Republic. Check out the tracklist below and more info, including different combo pack options, here. Ozzy and Geezer discussed the album at the Grammy Museum last week (11/6), you can watch a video of that conversation here.

In related news, Tony Iommi is receiving a degree honor from Coventry University. Reports BBC:

The founder member of the Birmingham heavy metal band will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Coventry University on 19 November.

Iommi will be heading straight from the graduation ceremony at Coventry Cathedral to join Black Sabbath in Helsinki for the start of their latest European tour.

He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide during his career.

Iommi said was "a great honour" to receive the doctorate.

He added: "I'd like to thank everyone at Coventry University for my nomination and look forward to meeting them at the ceremony."

And in more related news, don't give Bill Ward a copy of Sabbath's new album. "I haven't heard anything off that album at all," Bill told Rock Cellar Magazine. "And to be quite honest, I don't care to either. It's too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I'll put it on."

All dates are listed, along with the DVD/CD tracklist and a recent live video, below...

Continue reading "Black Sabbath announce 2014 North American tour (Barclays Center included), releasing live DVD/CD"

photos by Greg Cristman

"Black Sabbath @ PNC Bank Arts Center. The new songs from #13 sounding incredible live. " - @Troyquan

"#blacksabbath with Dad! @ PNC Bank Arts Center" - @HeatherMarieV

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Black Sabbath

By the fifth song of last night's show at the PNC Bank Arts Center by heavy-metal pioneers Black Sabbath, frontman Ozzy Osbourne was a sweaty, sopping mess, a result of the manic energy he brought to the band's only area show.

So intense was Osbourne's presence that to a point, it even overshadowed his inability to stay on key.

This year's return of Black Sabbath has been a significant event, especially after a contract dispute that caused original drummer Bill Ward to bow out of the new album, "13," and guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis during its recording.

All of this made the show a multilayered triumph that largely managed to overshadow Osbourne's shortcomings. [NY Post]

The reunited Black Sabbath (whose lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler) brought their current tour to NJ last night (8/4) for a way sold-out show at the PNC Bank Arts Center. The set was heavy on the band's first four albums, and also included some cuts from their recently released reunion album, 13. Like all shows on this tour, Andrew WK began the night with a DJ set. Pictures from the night (but none of Andrew WK) are in this post.

There's still one more chance to catch Sabbath in the NYC-area this week, when they play CT's Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday (8/8). Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures, videos of the band playing "War Pigs," "Children of the Grave," and "Black Sabbath," and the setlist, below...

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Black Sabbath fans at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Black Sabbath

Following Bill Ward's 2012 statement on his absence from the Black Sabbath reunion (which does include original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler), Bill just recently commented further on some of his reasons for this. In an interview this week with Guitar International (via Metal Hammer), Bill said:

I was offered a contact and I couldn't sign it. As for some of the stories - I would never, ever show up for a commitment that I could not do physically. So that should answer that one! In the statement that I did last year, I was quite clear that I came to the end of the road and promised myself and my family that I would never sign a contract that was not workable.

It was one of the toughest decisions that I ever had to make. Because I absolutely and without question wanted to play. I haven't left the band. Everybody thinks I have left the band. I didn't walk out; it wasn't like that at all! I just didn't sign the contact and life took its own course.

I'm the drummer in Black Sabbath so I want to do the entire show. I play all or nothing. Playing partially would kind of be aligning to my demise in Sabbath and minimize me. I'm the drummer in Sabbath and quite capable of doing the job.

Ozzy also just discussed Bill's departure in a recent teleconference (via M Live):
Writer: I got to ask about Bill Ward, and I wonder when is the last time you spoke to him and what would you say are the odds that he'll be back into the fold in the near term?

Ozzy Osbourne: We would love to have Bill back in the fold, but unfortunately it didn't work out and we knew we had to deliver an album because we had kept people waiting for like 35 years, so we all just got on the boat and unfortunately, Bill had some discrepancy about something or other, but we'd love to have him back and work something out.

Writer: Have you spoken to him since negotiations broke down?

Ozzy Osbourne: No. I've been so busy doing this project and working in the studio, we just couldn't stop. I wish him no harm. I still love him a lot. We all do. You know, it'd be great to have him back, but we felt if we pull the plug on this one people would have gone oh, it's never going to happen, you know. Because we tried, and we were speaking about it for a long time.

The Bill Ward-less Black Sabbath are currently on tour with Andrew WK (DJ) in support of their reunion album, 13, and that tour rolls through NJ this weekend for a PNC Bank Arts Center show (8/4) on Sunday, and then hits CT's Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday (8/8). Tickets appear sold out for NJ, but there's a few left for CT.

Updated dates are listed, along with the video for "God Is Dead?" from 13, below...

Continue reading "Bill Ward comments further on his absence from the reunited Black Sabbath (who play NJ this weekend)"

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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...

Continue reading "Black Sabbath announced a tour & will "Debut New Track On The Season Finale Of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'""

UPDATE: Listen to a new song now!

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Black Sabbath on 'CSI,' no joke
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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,


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...
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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)"

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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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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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,

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.

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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...

Continue reading "Bill Ward threatening to back out of Black Sabbath reunion"

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

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[Ozzy Osbourne] has turned over a new leaf, literally, by embracing a vegan diet for what the Prince of Darkness cites as health reasons. Reportedly, after his assistant showed him the vegan documentary Forks over Knives, Ozzy decided that it was time to cut meat, fish, dairy and anything else derived from animals out of his diet. Speaking on Sharon Osbourne's chat show, The Talk, the singer revealed that he his feeling the benefits:

"I feel OK actually, I feel better about myself, you know? I go on binges. That's the reason why I decided to cut out meat out and dairy because I've limited what I can have because when you're on the road and you're travelling, you grab buns and... burgers are everywhere... so now I've just narrowed the margin."

Ozzy's new lifestyle choice comes hot on the heels of the news that he and his Black Sabbath alumni, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward may begin rehearsals for a final reunion tour.... If Sabbath do hit the road again, Ozzy may find some camaraderie from his new dietary choice in band member Geezer Butler. The bassist is a longstanding vegan, and has appeared in advertising campaigns for P.E.T.A. [Ultimate-Guitar]

Look for Ozzy and Tony (and Bill Clinton) trying out the new vegan pie at Two Boots all this month.

Black Sabbath

Despite what seemed like irreconcilable differences, the original lineup of Black Sabbath will give it another go.

THE most closely guarded secret in rock music can be revealed - the original Black Sabbath line-up is getting back together.

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have begun rehearsing for a tour and new studio album.

In June this year vocalist Ozzy and guitarist Iommi wrote new material for a record that will be released next year.

''We're really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we've been writing is really good,'' said 63-year-old Iommi. ''It's more back to the old original stuff.''

He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time....

Iommi said his only concern about the current reformation was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in the past has suffered a heart attack.

''He hasn't been 100 per cent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we'll see how he is.'' -[Birmingham Mail]

Update: Tony says this is not true.

Black Sabbath last reunited with Ozzy in 1997 for Ozzfest. They stayed together until roughly 2006. More recently the Dio lineup was back together as Heaven & Hell, though that came to a sad end when Ronnie James Dio left this plane back in May 2010.

Tribeca Film

As that little banner I grabbed off their site says, tickets go on AmEx presale today (4/12) for Tribeca Film Festival movies. To be more exact, starting at 11am, "Single Tickets on sale exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers (Online, Phone, and Ticket Outlets)." Tickets then go on sale to "downtown residents" starting at the same time on Sunday. General public can grab tickets starting Monday, April 18th.

Music-related films this year include Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Mama Africa (about Miriam Makeba), The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Crash&Burn, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, Sing Your Song (about Harry Belafonte who will also be on hand for a conversation moderated by "noted broadcaster" Tavis Smiley), The Swell Season (a documentary about Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova and their film Once), The Union (about Elton John & Leon Russell), When the Drum is Beating (about Haiti's 20-member band Septentrional), Roadie (about a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult), and Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon.

Elton John

Elton John will also be performing live on opening night, April 20th...

"The first big piece of news about the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival has broken, and it's a doozy. To open the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express®, we've assembled some serious talent: award-winning director Cameron Crowe, seminal rock keyboardist Leon Russell, and Elton John, with the latter performing live on April 20!

What do these three men have in common? Well, in 2009, Elton John teamed up with his longtime idol Russell to make an album called The Union, produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett. Director Crowe--himself an avid music fan, having explored the musician's life in such classics as Almost Famous and Singles--decided to film their collaborative process, from writing through recording. The result is a documentary of the same name, the world premiere of which will be shown as the opening night film on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

"As a longtime fan of both artists, it was a pleasure to spend a year filming their collaboration," said Cameron Crowe. "We can't wait to show it to one of the greatest audiences in the world, the Tribeca Film Festival."

What's more, with this year being the 10th edition of the Festival, opening night will be a free, outdoor screening--as a sincere thank-you to the New York City community for its ongoing support. After the film screens at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza, the legendary Elton John will perform live for the audience. How cool is that?...

....Details will follow about how YOU can join us on opening night. We can't wait to share The Union with you!" [Tribeca Film Fest]

According to comments on the fest's blog, they're working out a wristband distribution system for the free concert.

Other special events include the Tribeca Drive-In with free films at the World Financial Center Plaza, and the April 30th Family Festival. A clip from "The Union" is below...

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