Sure, in 2015 we've gotten used to videos of 8-year-olds shredding Racer X tunes and 14-year-olds who can effortlessly knock out an Yngwie tune. But there's still something fascinating about watching a band of pre-teens tackle—and conquer—a prog-rock masterpiece like Rush's "YYZ."
No one ever went to a Led Zeppelin concert expecting the band to open with “The Rain Song.” A fine tune, to be sure, but the electric charge of a crowd in waiting must be met in kind. The same applies to the album: Kiss didn’t open Destroyer with “Beth,” for example. And Metallica had the prudence to place “Fade to Black” a good four songs into Ride the Lightning.
If you recall, in September 2014, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne announced that the legendary metal band, which enjoyed an extra-successful 2013 and 2014, would be releasing their final album this year. It turns out they'll also be playing their final show this year. As in, last show ever. The end.
It’s rare that a band emerges and, with one inspired release, simultaneously launches and perfects a genre of music. Such is the singular case of Black Sabbath. Their 1970 self-titled debut, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, took the heavy blues and hard-rock idioms that came before and infused them with anthemic tritone riffs, doom-laden drum tempos, maniacal vocals and diabolical lyrics.
Black Sabbath's Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi was born 67 years ago today in Birmingham, England. As part of our ongoing celebration of Iommi's life and career, check out this just-posted animated video, part of VH1.com’s new animated series, The Complete History of Heavy Metal.
Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler was arrested Tuesday night after getting into a bar brawl in California's Death Valley National Park, according to a police statement. Officers from the Inyo County Sheriff's Office arrested the 65-year-old bassist for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. The altercation took place at the Corkscrew Saloon in Furnace Creek Ranch.