In 1970, Black Sabbath's second album, Paranoid, entered the Official UK Albums Chart at Number 1. Over the weekend, the band repeated that feat. And it only took them 42 years and eight months to do it! It is, in fact, the longest gap between Number 1 albums — period.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1).
The July 2013 issue of Guitar World features Black Sabbath's amazing comeback, and Tony Iommi opens up about his fight with cancer, and the struggle to make 13, the group's new record with Ozzy Osbourne.
After plenty of teaser videos, song premieres and streaming events, Black Sabbath's long-awaited new album, 13, was finally released today, June 11, via Vertigo/Republic. To celebrate the occasion, all three remaining original members of the band — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler — will participate in a live Town Hall event at 7 EST tonight.
Even though Black Sabbath's new album, 13, isn't even out yet, Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has already dropped a hint that this latest effort might not be the band's last. "Well, I guess you should never say never," Butler told Billboard. "It could be, though. We'll see how this album goes, see what happens."