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16 Apr

BILL WARD VS OZZY

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Exiled Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward


has lashed out at his former bandmates for attacking him with “nothing but insults and false remarks” since his contentious separation from the group back in 2012.
In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, Ward singles out Ozzy Osbourne in particular, declaring that the singer’s “rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord.” In May of 2012, Osbourne declared that Ward couldn’t remember his drum parts, and wasn’t in shape to handle the band’s 2013 world tour: “He was so out of condition, and the drummer is the most demanding job in the whole band.”
Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler wound up recording the band’s reunion album 13 with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk taking Ward’s spot, and toured behind the record with Tommy Clufetos from Osbourne’s solo band sitting behind the kit.
The group is reportedly discussing one last studio album and a farewell tour, but Ward says he “will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved.” He also re-states his demand for a “signable” contract, which was the issue that he says caused him to opt out of the reunion in the first place.

Although Black Sabbath have been on a long farewell tour, it may not be the last we see of them. In a new interview, guitarist Tony Iommi said he was open to the idea of playing one-off gigs at festivals, even after they’ve played what they’ve billed as their final show.
I wouldn’t write that off, if one day that came about,” he said on Chris Jericho’s podcast. “That’s possible. Or even doing an album. [Of] course, then, again, you’re in one place. But I don’t know if that would happen.”
For Iommi, it’s not that he doesn’t want to play anymore, but that the grind of touring after 45 years has gotten to him. “Shows here and there are fine,” he continued. “It’s just the constant, ‘You’ve gotta be here for a month and there for six weeks,’ and we’ve done it for that long now.

BLACK SABBATH has uploaded a short video clip featuring footage from the band's rehearsals for the upcoming "The End" tour. Sitting behind the kit during the sessions is Tommy Clufetos, who was also the drumer for the group's last world trek.

15 Jan

4 NEW BLACK SABBATH SONGS

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Celebrating their last tour ever, which is called “The End”, Black Sabbath are releasing a self-titled compilation album exclusively available on their last concerts which will be containing 4 brand new songs “Season of the Dead,” “Cry All Night,” “Take Me Home” and “Isolated Man” that were recorded during the “13” sessions. “The End” album will also contain four live recorded songs from Sabbath shows from 2013 and 2014. Here’s the albums’ tracklist:
1.    “Season of the Dead”
2. “Cry All Night”
3. “Take Me Home”
4. “Isolated Man”
5. “God is Dead?” (Live Sydney, Australia 4/27/13)
6. “Under the Sun” (Live Auckland, New Zealand 4/20/13)
7. “End of the Beginning” (Live Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 4/11/14)
8. “Age of Reason” (Live Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 4/11/14)

It seems that the Black Sabbath and Tony Martin fans are in for a big surprise as Tony Iommi and the ex-Black Sabbath singer might have something in the works in the future. Here's what Tony Martin wrote on facebook: Well what a great day ... smile emoticon .. i attended the unveiling of Cozy Powells memorial plaque in his home town of Cirencester, along with Brian May, Neil Murray, and Tony Iommi .... And to my surprise was greeted by Tony Iommi VERY warmly. Its the first conversation of any length i have had with him in 15 years!!!! ..... and it turns out we may well be working on something together soon!!!

BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) reunited with their estranged

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told U.K.'s Q magazine that he would

Black Sabbath played their first gig of their farewell ("The End") tour on the 20th of January at Omaha, NE, USA. Their set list was quite interesting as it included a couple of rarely performed tracks like "Tomorrow's Dream" and "Hand of Doom". As a matter of fact the latter wasn't performed by Sabbath since 1978! Here's the complete set list:
Black Sabbath
Fairies Wear Boots
Tomorrow's Dream
Into The Void
Snowblind
War Pigs
Behind The Wall Of Sleep
N.I.B.
Hand of Doom
Rat Salad
Iron Man
Children of the Grave
Dirty Women
Paranoid

BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne


has responded to an "open letter" by the band's original drummer Bill Ward in which Ward said he would not consider rejoining the band unless Ozzy publicly apologized for what Ward perceived as a series of insults.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Ozzy said: "I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill's statements left me no option to but to respond honestly.

"Wow, Bill, what the fuck are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during SABBATH's '13' album and tour — physically, you knew you were fucked. Tony [Iommi, guitar], Geezer [Butler, bass] and myself didn't think you could have done a two-hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony's condition, we felt that time was not on our side.

"Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest. Deep down inside, you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16-month tour.

"Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you've only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans.

"Bill, we go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand.

"God bless you.

"Love, Ozzy"

07 Sep

IOMMI: THIS IS THE END

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BLACK SABBATH last week announced the first details of a world tour that is being billed as

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