In 1969, a long-haired band arrived out of nowhere, brandishing a heavy sound and dark vibe that was completely at odds with the "get back to the garden" idealism of the Woodstock generation. The band's jazz-influenced drummer was almost physically incapable of playing a straight 4/4 beat, and the guitarist had lost the tips of two fret-hand digits in a freak industrial accident.
While no U.S. dates have been revealed just yet, Black Sabbath have announced a string of European dates for 2012, which of course includes their June 10 headlining spot at next year's Download Festival. You can check out all of the confirmed tour dates below.
If you're a metal fan, then you're probably already drooling over the 2012 Download Festival, which will see not only the reformed Black Sabbath headlining Sunday night, but Metallica headlining Saturday's festivities as well. A commercial for the event has just been posted online and can be seen below.
These days, the book store has just as many musical legends as the record store. There are dozens of great autobiographies out there from Ace Frehley, Sammy Hagar, Duff McKagen and many more. One title that is sure to catch the attention of any metal fan is that of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. His new book, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, from De Capo Press is now available in hardcover and gives the reader a rare look into the life of one of metal’s most reserved and respected musicians.
Nineteen hundred and seventy-one. Even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the "classic rock" era, it was a particularly classic year. It was the year of Who's Next, Sticky Fingers and Fragile, albums that are so renowned that we don't have to name the bands that created them (But, just in case, it was The Who, The Rolling Stones and Yes).
After months of speculation about a potential Black Sabbath reunion featuring Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne, it looks like one way or another, our questions will be answered next week.