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Black Sabbath Recall Sixties Rejections

February 25, 2016

One of the greatest things I have in my heart is that Black Sabbath were not a band created by some business mogul in London, like a fucking ditz," the pioneering heavy-metal group's excitable frontman Ozzy Osbourne tells Rolling Stone emphatically....

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'Crazy Cat Person' Geezer Butler Campaigns Against Declawing

February 22, 2016

Black Sabbath bassist and self-proclaimed "crazy cat person" Geezer Butler wants people to stop declawing their cats. The musician has issued a statement via the Humane Society of the United States to urge the passing of a bill introduced by the New York...

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Black Sabbath Postpone Tour Dates Due to Ozzy's Sinusitis

January 31, 2016

UPDATE: Black Sabbath have been forced to postpone a third date to Ozzy Osbourne's sinus infection. Wednesday's show in Vancouver was postponed, with the group saying in a statement, "Details regarding the rescheduled date will be announced as soon as...

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Black Sabbath Thrill With Hits-Heavy Chicago Gig

January 23, 2016

"Welcome to the end." Ozzy Osbourne's introduction to the first of two concerts Black Sabbath will play in Chicago this year on their farewell tour, appropriately named "The End," came off a lot gloomier than how the group actually sounded last night....

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Black Sabbath Talk 'Bittersweet' Farewell Tour, 'The End'

January 20, 2016

When we first came to the States and we stayed at the Hyatt House in Los Angeles, I thought, 'Fucking hell, we're in California,'" Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne says in a way that sounds both amazed and matter-of-fact. "The people were cool, the...

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Black Sabbath, Bill Ward Spar Over Final Show

January 25, 2016

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is refuting a claim that he received an invitation to play the band's upcoming final show. Bassist Geezer Butler said in an interview with Radio.com that they'd floated the idea of the drummer playing the gig past...

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Flashback: See Black Sabbath Become Beatles-Style Cartoon

January 22, 2016

Black Sabbath became a wacky, Scooby Doo or Beatles-style cartoon in the early 2000s, when animator and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog creator Robert Smigel broke out his running SNL bit TV Funhouse into a half-hour show. The show ran like a Seventies kids'...

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Black Sabbath Prep Limited Tour CD With Four New Songs

January 14, 2016

Black Sabbath will offer a limited edition CD, The End, on their upcoming final world tour that will feature four new songs. The metal pioneers recorded the tracks at Shangri La Studios in Malibu with producer Rick Rubin during the sessions...

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Black Sabbath Wrote 'A Whole Load' of Riffs for Abandoned LP

November 25, 2015

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed that the group had a particularly fruitful writing session before deciding not to make a follow-up to 13. "I've got so many riffs," he told Q (via Blabbermouth). "I wrote a whole load of stuff for another...

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Black Sabbath Prolong 'The End' Tour in North America

October 27, 2015

Black Sabbath will delay the inevitable a little longer, adding a second slate of North American dates to their aptly dubbed final tour, "The End." After treks through the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, the pioneering metal...

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Tony Iommi Opens Up About Black Sabbath's 'The End' Tour

September 6, 2015

Three days after Black Sabbath announced their "The End" tour, guitarist Tony Iommi admitted in a new interview that he can no longer endure the rigors of touring and reiterated that this farewell jaunt is "very definitely" the heavy metal icon's...

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Jack Black Remembers Ronnie James Dio: 'He Kicked Major Ass'

May 15, 2015

Heavy-metal legend Ronnie James Dio died five years ago this Saturday after a short but intense battle with cancer. One of his biggest fans is Jack Black. Along with his Tenacious D bandmate, Kyle Gass, Black paid tribute to the onetime Black Sabbath...

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Black Sabbath Drummer Demands Apology From Ozzy Osbourne

April 15, 2015

Founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been feuding with his onetime bandmates since 2012, when he opted out of the group's reunion over what he called an "unsignable" contract. Now, as rumors of another album and tour build online, he...

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Ozzy Osbourne Needs Surgery, Cancels Ozzfiesta

March 27, 2015

The Riviera Maya, Mexico leg of Ozzfest, dubbed the Ozzfiesta, has been cancelled after organizers revealed that Ozzy Osbourne would undergo an unspecified surgery once the Black Sabbath singer's upcoming South American jaunt ends May 2nd. The...

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Black Sabbath Scrap Final Album Plans to Focus on Tour

October 28, 2015

A little over a year after Ozzy Osbourne announced that Black Sabbath would record a second reunion record, the band has abandoned plans to go into the studio. A rep for the group has confirmed to Rolling Stone that Black Sabbath have opted out of recording...

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PMRC's 'Filthy 15': Where Are They Now?

September 17, 2015

In the past year, Tove Lo's hit "Talking Body" found her singing, "We fuck for life," Big Sean got on the radio with "I Don't Fuck With You" and Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," in which he raps about purchasing a blanket with the sole intention of ejaculating...

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Black Sabbath Announce Final Tour 'The End'

September 3, 2015

Black Sabbath have announced "The End," their farewell tour set to kick off in January. The group is promising concerts that "surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever." The North American leg begins in January in Omaha...

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Black Sabbath Drummer Tells All About Band Infighting

April 17, 2015

UPDATE: Ward has responded to Ozzy Osbourne's Facebook post in a new post on his own Facebook page. The drummer refuted that he wasn't physically up to record and said the "unsignable" contract, contrary to Osbourne's assertion, wasn't a "smokescreen." It's...

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Black Sabbath Cancel Gig, Tony Iommi Gives Health Update

April 9, 2015

Black Sabbath have canceled their appearance at Ozzfest Japan, originally scheduled for later this year. It had been rumored to be the group's farewell show, but a rep for the band tells Rolling Stone that that is not the case. "Although...

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See Black Sabbath's Guitarist Explain Heavy Metal's Birth

February 19, 2015

An interview with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, in which he explains how a gruesome machinery accident led him toward the sound that would become the foundation of heavy metal, has been animated by VH1. The clip, The Complete History of Heavy Metal:...

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