This past Saturday, May 19, Black Sabbath made their triumphant return at a hometown show in Birmingham, England. The show would also serve as a warmup gig for their upcoming headlining slot at Download festival.
Tomorrow, three quarters of the classic Black Sabbath lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi — will perform together in Birmingham, England as both a homecoming show and a warm-up gig for their upcoming headlining performance at Download festival.
Earlier this week, drummer Bill Ward broke the news that he would not being joining Black Sabbath on their upcoming live dates, citing an inability to come to terms on a "signable" contract. (Read the statement here.)
With Black Sabbath's first live dates of the year looming, many fans were still wondering whether or not drummer Bill Ward would be joining the legendary band on stage. Hopes were raised when Ward was once again added to the band's Facebook page as a member recently, but an official statement from Ward now brings bad news for fans hoping for a full reunion of the original lineup — Bill Ward will be sitting out Black Sabbath's upcoming live shows.
As we reported last fall, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan got together to form WhoCares, releasing two songs for a good cause -- to raise funds to rebuild a music school in Armenia.
Led by their three-headed guitar frenzy and unabashed Black Sabbath worship, Black Spiders have hit the ground running in the UK. Their debut album, Sons of the North, was met with critical and commercial approval across the pond last year, and the band were selected by Ozzy Osborne to open on Ozzfest's UK leg. More recently, they were just hand-picked by Thin Lizzy to open for a run of shows in May.