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2015

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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 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 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 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:...

2014

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Rob Halford Fronts Black Sabbath in 1992

June 12, 2014

In the summer of 1992 Ozzy Osbourne was a mere 43 years old and his new album No More Tears was a huge hit, so it was a pretty big shock to his fans when he announced a farewell tour, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family. A cynic might...

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Reunited Black Sabbath 'Down' for New Music

January 27, 2014

Black Sabbath bassist-lyricist Geezer Butler has a theory about why Grammy voters gave the metal originators their second Best Metal Performance award, this time for "God Is Dead?" from the band's 2013 reunion album, 13. "Probably the question mark,"...

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Black Sabbath Team With Converse for New Shoes

January 7, 2014

To misquote a Black Sabbath lyric by Ozzy Osbourne, "What is this in Chuck Taylors that stands before me?" Shoemakers Converse are offering five new Sabbath-branded Chuck Taylor All Star kicks as part of its spring 2014 collection. The shoes feature cover...

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Why Metallica and Judas Priest's Rob Halford Bow Before Dio

April 2, 2014

"When I hear Ronnie's voice, I just get excited," Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Rolling Stone. "As a singer, he really makes me want to pick up the mic and start screaming. He's just got that kind of electric effect." Watch Slash Pay His Respects...

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Black Sabbath's Ozzy Albums Now on iTunes

January 14, 2014

As Ozzy Osbourne said in a statement, "It's about fucking time." Black Sabbath's early catalog, from 1970's Black Sabbath to 1978's Never Say Die!, were added to the iTunes store today for the first time. These eight albums represent the group's...

2013

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Black Sabbath Book Additional Tour Dates

November 14, 2013

Black Sabbath's reunion tour will continue in 2014 with a series of shows in North America and Europe. According to a press release, "These dates will be part of the band's final shows of their 2013-2014 world tour." The vast majority of the 10 North...

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Ozzy Osbourne Calls Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward 'Overweight'

August 5, 2013

Ozzy Osbourne doesn't mince words, especially when it comes to founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward. Last year, the band responded with only 54 words to Ward's 1,500-word letter on why he wouldn't participate in any current Sabbath reunion...

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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Greatest Black Sabbath Album?

July 26, 2013

Black Sabbath kicked off the American leg of their 13 world tour this week in Woodlands, Texas. They stay in the States through early September before heading down to South America and then to Europe in the fall. Sadly, original drummer Bill Ward isn't...

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On the Charts: Black Sabbath Score First Number One

June 19, 2013

Four weeks after Daft Punk's Random Access Memories began what appears to be a long run in the Top 10, the record business is in one of those summer periods where even acts that aren't your typical blockbuster pop stars can score a Number One album –...

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Watch: Black Sabbath Talk '13' Live

June 11, 2013

Black Sabbath today release 13, their first album with Ozzy Osbourne since Never Say Die! in 1978. To mark the occasion, rock's heaviest hitters will take part in a special live streaming Google Hangout. Readers' Poll: The 10 Greatest Black...

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Arctic Monkeys Channel Sabbath, Dre on New LP

September 2, 2013

Despite ruling their native U.K. for nearly a decade, the only way Arctic Monkeys have been able to play arenas in the U.S. was opening for the Black Keys last year. "We went on at 8 p.m. every night, when everyone was buying popcorn and shit," says the...

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On the Charts: Kanye's 'Yeezus' Dethrones Sabbath

June 26, 2013

After several fairly slow summer weeks, new blockbusters have finally started to roll out, beginning with Kanye West's Yeezus. Weekly album sales jumped five percent compared to the previous week, according to Billboard, but they're still pretty weak...

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Black Sabbath Top U.K. Chart for the First Time in 43 Years

June 17, 2013

Black Sabbath have topped the U.K. albums chart for the first time in nearly 43 years, setting a record for the longest gap between Number One albums. The band's latest, 13, entered the Official U.K. Albums Chart in the top spot, 42 years and...

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