Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward joined the Kerrang! Podcast team to discuss the re-releases of their first three albums, ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘Paranoid’ and ‘Masters Of Reality’, as well as the highs and lows of his career and those red tights as seen on the cover of ‘Sabotage’. Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Billboard profiled the reunion of the Ronnie James Dio-fronted version of Black Sabbath, which is being rebranded as Heaven and Hell, since the reactivated original Sabbath led by Ozzy Osbourne has reformed. “We’ve approached this as really having an ending period,” Dio said of the project that includes himself and two Sabbath co-founders, guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Terry ‘Geezer’ Butler, and drummer Vinny Appice. “We all have other commitments, and we’ve had a lot of turmoil in the past. So maybe this is the way to avoid it.” Heaven and Hell are curently on the first leg of a world tour. Read more.
Ozzy Osbourne was on hand for the opening reception for ‘Black Sabbath Resurrection’ held at Naked at 181 N. Martel Ave in Los Angeles, California on November 17th. Check out pictures from WireImage and GettyImages.
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is blasting the upcoming film ‘Chapter 27’, which casts Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman, the killer of Beatles legend John Lennon. “Just got the sh** news that there’s going to be a movie about the asshole who shot John Lennon,” Ward writes. “As a Lennon fan [and] admirer, I can’t believe that this film is coming out on general release. I object completely that we have available to us a movie about a guy who robbed millions of people of so much, who stamped out a brilliant mind, and who broke apart a family. When John Lennon died, my heart broke, and I’ve never gotten over his death, and I know that millions of other people got hurt also. Whoever is responsible for this movie, the money, the producers, the cast, the music, I fail to see how you can participate in anything that could bring more infamy to an already infamous murderer, robber and pain-bringer. I curse this movie, and hope that it rots in hell. I hope it’s an utter failure. For me personally, it feels like another kick in the balls. It still hurts. He’s been dead now for awhile, but it still hurts. This movie can only open up old wounds. For the sake of what? Truth? I think not.”
Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath, A, HIM, Anthrax, Bowling For Soup, and Velvet Revolver performed at Download Festival – Day 2 on June 11th at Donington Park International Conference & Exhibition Centre in England. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, GettyImages, and WireImage.
Dan Aquilante of the New York Post reviewed the Ozzfest concert at the Jones Beach Theater Wednesday (July 14), where Black Sabbath headlined. “After the Bush-whacking opener, Ozzy Osbourne was every bit as charismatic, funny and down to earth as he is on his MTV reality series,” Aquilante said of Sabbath. “Surprisingly, he and his bandmates retain the spark of what made them great way back when. The band’s classic songs of death, apocalypse and destruction riddled its set, but there were no ballads — just hammer-of-the-gods metal.” The full review at nypost.com has since been removed.
According to The Drudge Report, Black Sabbath opened their concert at Jones Beach on Wednesday night with the song ‘War Pigs,’ featuring a video portrait comparing President Bush to Adolph Hitler. The video featured Bush and Hitler on the same screen, with the caption: “Same sh** different asshole,” says a source. Footage of bombs dropping and Hitler marching flashed as Ozzy Osbourne screamed and guitars screeched.
Reuters reports Black Sabbath will reunite for the first time since 2001 for Ozzfest, which begins July 10 in Hartford, Conn., a spokeswoman for the annual road show said on Tuesday.
AC/DC has come clean about a knife-pulling incident during the group’s 1977 tour opening for Black Sabbath in Europe. AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young explained, “We were staying in the same hotel, and [bassist Geezer Butler] was in the bar, crying in his bear, ’10 years I’ve been in this band, 10 years–wait till you guys have been around 10 years, you’ll feel like us.’ I said ‘I don’t think so.’ I was giving him no sympathy. He’d had many too many [drinks] and he pulled out this silly flick knife.” Young credits Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne for diffusing the situation. “As luck would have it, Ozzy walked in,” Young said. “He goes, ‘You fu**in’ idiot, Butler–go to bed!’ Ozzy saved the day, and we sat up all night with him.”
The Sun reports Ozzy Osbourne admits to being shocked by his image during his Black Sabbath heyday. “What the fu** was wrong with me in the Eighties, man,” he asked. “The clothes I used to wear and the hairdos, fu**ing hell. What the fu** were we smoking?”