Classic Albums is a DVD series telling the stories behind some of rock’s most historic records. Below, watch an excerpt from their feature on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid LP. As the second studio album from Sabbath, the album contains some of the band’s most beloved tracks, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid.”
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.
So, yes, there's a Black Sabbath parody band called Mac Sabbath, and they sing about McDonald's. You can watch a not-quite-pro-shot video of the band performing "Frying Pan" (their version of "Iron Man") below.
Below, you can check out some fan-filmed video footage of Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Vinny Appice (Heaven & Hell, Black Sabbath, Dio) performing Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" November 22 at the Metal All Stars concert in São Paulo, Brazil.
As those of you with calendars know, Friday was Halloween. To celebrate the occasion, Foo Fighters — during their Friday-night show at the Ryman in Nashville — dressed up as Kiss, invited Zac Brown on stage and performed Black Sabbath's "War Pigs."
Last night, David Letterman's Foo Fighters Week got off to an odd start when Zac Brown teamed up with Foo Fighters to cover Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." "Well there, you see, that's what we're talking about," Letterman said. "Zac Brown. Black Sabbath. Foo Fighters. I don't know, what do you kids want from me?"
Black Sabbath apparently have at least one more studio album — and one more tour — left in the tank. The trio (no word on if they will become a quartet again) will start working on a new studio album in 2015; that album will be followed by a final tour.
We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest touring seasons, collide. So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated in recent weeks and months, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you! — involved as we attempt to pick rock's greatest live band or artist!