One forged the template for heavy metal. The other advanced it with virtuoso shredding. Together, they shaped the guitar universe as we know it today. Tony Iommi and Eddie Van Halen mark Guitar World’s 30th anniversary with a colossal conversation about their careers, friendship and the past three decades of our favorite instrument.
Drummer Bill Ward, who has been estranged from his Black Sabbath bandmates, has revealed plans for a new solo album. As Ward recently told Joel Gausten blog, his new album, Accountable Beasts, is heading into the mixing stage.
Before Black Sabbath's show at New Jersey's PNC Bank Arts Center this past weekend, Ozzy Osbourne chewed the fat with the New York Daily News. The topic? Why original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward isn't filling the stool now occupied by touring drummer Tommy Clufetos.
UK's The Telegraph recently spoke to Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath. The band discussed several topics, mostly related to the success of their new album, 13, which was released June 11.
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.