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.
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?"