Black Sabbath: Catch them while you can? (Updated 06/13/2014)
Independence Day will be a bright day for Black Sabbath … and not because of some fireworks.
The band is slated to receive the Ambassadors of Rock gong at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clefs Awards in London. Black Sabbath has been added a list of winners who will also attend the ceremony, which is being organized by the charity that provides musical therapy for thousands of people across the UK. That ceremony will take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on July 4, with Black Sabbath expected to be recognized for their contribution to the music industry.
Speaking to the Contact Music website, Ozzy Osbourne said, "Music is our life, and we couldn't live without it. The world can't survive without music and this is a very special charity that brings music to everyone."
Recently, Osbourne revealed there is a possibility for a new Black Sabbath album. While that's good news for fans, guitarist Tony Iommi speculated the band's Hyde Park gig this July could be their last ever. He said he and his bandmates currently have no plans to play live afterward and that, combined with his poor health, could bring an end to Black Sabbath live shows.
If this is a case of see-them-while-you-can, Black Sabbath is currently touring in support of their latest album, '13.' The LP debuted at number one on the UK Album Chart, marking their first chart-topper in 43 years.
Black Sabbath and Lucky Number "13" (Created July 26, 2013)
Helmed by the "Prince of Darkness" himself, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath has been a mega-force in heavy metal rock since the late 1960s. With their signature screaming guitar solos and howling vocals, Black Sabbath was at the forefront of a musical style that has attracted millions of fans.
The original members of the group – Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Terence "Geezer" Butler and Ozzy Osbourne -- came together near Birmingham, England as a jazz-blues band. How so much has changed since that time. The band changed its name not once, not twice, but three times as they morphed from Polk Tulk to Earth to the current Black Sabbath moniker. And along with that they began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics, churning out songs that dealt with drug abuse, the apocalypse and war.
Black Sabbath would ultimately endure a series of lineup changes in the 80s and 90s following Osbourne's dismissal for heavy drug use. Vocalists like Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin all took turns in Osbourne's absence – at least until Ozzy returned in 1997 to help the band release a live album called "Reunion."
And today? Osbourne and Co. are once again fueling a whole new generation with their 'devil music,' as three-fourths of the original Black Sabbath lineup is featured on the brand new project "13." The album, released June 11, 2013, is the first studio effort released by the band since 1995, and the first true studio album with Osbourne since 1978. It was also some 12 years in the making, as work first began on new studio tracks way back in 2001.
Was this Lucky Number "13" for the band? The new album debuted at the top of the charts in several countries, and has spawned a North American tour that kicked off July 25 in Houston, Texas.
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