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.
After a supposedly leaked lineup for this year's Lollapalooza appeared online over the weekend listed Black Sabbath among the headliners, the rumor mill swung into action, debating over the authenticity of the document which also showed Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Jack White among the festival's lead acts.
Back in January, it was revealed that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi had been diagnosed with lymphoma, and would be undergoing treatment while the reunited Sabbath got to work on their new album. Iommi and his bandmates remained optimistic about the guitarist's condition, promising fans that their album fans would be unaffected by Iommi's diagnosis.