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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.
Black Sabbath Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|The Rules of Hell||2008|
|Live at Hammersmith Odeon||2007|
|The Dio Years||2007|
|Greatest Hits 1970–1978||2006|
|In Concert - Historical Live Performance||2005|
|Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978)||2004|
|1973-07-01: Going Through Changes: Ngaruawahia Music Festival, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand||2003|
|The Best of Black Sabbath||2003|
|Past Lives (disc 1: Live at Last)||2002|
|Symptom of the Universe: 1970–1978||2002|
|The Singles (1970–1978)||2000|
|Selling My Soul||1998|
|Heaven and Hell||1996|
|Under Wheels of Confusion: 1970–87||1996|
|The Sabbath Stones||1996|
|Live at Last||1996|
|Cross Purposes Live||1995|
|Between Heaven and Hell||1995|
|The Ray Gillen Years||1995|
|1977-04-21: Killing Yourself to Die: Olympen, Lund, Sweden||1995|
|1980-11-27: Burning the Cross: The Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia||1995|
|1992-08-09: Black Bloody Black: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, USA||1993|
|Between Heaven & Hell: The Best of Black Sabbath||1993|
|Ozzy Meets the Priest||1992|
|The Black Sabbath Story||1991|
|1970-12-20: War Pigs: Olympia, Paris, France||1991|
|The Ozzy Osbourne Years||1991|
|Feels Good to Me||1990|
|Backtrackin' (21st Anniversary Edition)||1990|
|Devil and Daughter||1989|
|Paranoid / Black Sabbath||1987|
|The Eternal Idol||1987|
|The Sabbath Collection||1987|
|Turn Up the Night||1981|
|Never Say Die!||1978|
|We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll||1975|
|Sabbath Bloody Sabbath||1973|
|Master of Reality||1971|
|John Peel's Sunday Show Radio Session||1970|
|Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me / Wicked World||1970|
Top 10 Black Sabbath Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|4||Children of the Grave||152,286||57,171|
|10||Sabbath Bloody Sabbath||113,400||45,508|
Black Sabbath Cancels Final Performance at Ozzfest Japan
Black Sabbath 2015 News Black Sabbath is ending. To celebrate the success of the legendary band on last time, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will headline this year's Ozzfest Japan. While the band's original drummer, Bill Ward, has yet to accept his invitation to the November 22 affair, Ozzy Osbourne has gone on…Read more
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date city state venue 07/04/2014 London London Hyde Park 06/27/2014 Dessel Vlg Boeretang 06/27/2014 Essen Stadion Essen 06/25/2014 Stuttgart BW Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle 06/24/2014 Stuttgart BW Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle 06/22/2014 Clisson Loire-atlantique Val de Moine 06/22/2014 Clisson B5 Hellfest Grounds 06/21/2014 Clisson Loire-atlantique Val de Moine 06/20/2014 Zurich ZH Hallenstadion 06/20/2014 Clisson Loire-atlantique Val de Moine 06/20/2014 Clisson Loire-atlantique Val de Moine 06/18/2014 Bologna BO Unipol Arena 06/13/2014 Munich ?? Konigsplatz 06/11/2014 Lodz Poland Atlas Arena 06/08/2014 Berlin Berlin Wuhlheide Stadium 06/03/2014 St. Petersburg Ice Palace - St. Petersburg 06/01/2014 Moscow Olympiski 05/29/2014 Abu Dhabi du Arena 04/26/2014 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 04/22/2014 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 04/20/2014 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 04/18/2014 Saskatoon SK SaskTel Centre 04/16/2014 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 04/13/2014 Kanata ON Canadian Tire Centre 04/11/2014 Hamilton ON FirstOntario Centre 04/09/2014 London ON Budweiser Gardens 04/07/2014 Montreal QC Bell Centre 04/05/2014 Quebec QC Colisee Pepsi 04/03/2014 Halifax NS Scotiabank Centre 03/31/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center
Black Sabbath Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/22/2013 Birmingham Warwickshire NIA Academy 12/20/2013 Birmingham Warwickshire Genting Arena 12/18/2013 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 12/16/2013 Glasgow Glg The SSE Hydro 12/14/2013 Sheffield South Yorkshire Motorpoint Arena 12/12/2013 Belfast Ant Odyssey Arena 12/10/2013 London The O2 12/07/2013 Prague ?? O2 Arena 12/05/2013 Milan Club Haus 80's Milano 12/04/2013 Frankfurt HE Festhalle Frankfurt 12/02/2013 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 11/30/2013 Dortmund North Rhine-westphal Westfalenhalle 3 11/28/2013 Amsterdam A Ziggo Dome 11/26/2013 Copenhagen ?? Forum Copenhagen 11/24/2013 Oslo 03 Telenor Arena 11/22/2013 Solna AB Friends Arena 11/20/2013 Helsinki ?? Hartwall Arena 10/27/2013 Mexico City Dif Foro Sol 10/26/2013 Mexico City Dif Foro Sol 10/19/2013 Bogota Colombia Simon Bolivar Park 10/15/2013 Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais Estadio Mineirao 10/13/2013 Rio de Janeiro Praca da Apoteose 10/11/2013 Santana Campo Marte 10/06/2013 Buenos Aires Hipodromo De La Plata 09/03/2013 Los Angeles CA Los Angeles Sports Arena 09/01/2013 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 08/30/2013 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 08/28/2013 Irvine CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre 08/26/2013 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 08/24/2013 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 08/22/2013 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 08/18/2013 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center 08/16/2013 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 08/14/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 08/12/2013 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 08/10/2013 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 08/08/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 08/06/2013 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 08/04/2013 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/02/2013 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 07/31/2013 West Palm Beach FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre 07/29/2013 Tampa FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds 07/27/2013 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 07/25/2013 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 05/04/2013 Perth WA Perth Arena 05/01/2013 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 04/29/2013 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 04/27/2013 Sydney Nsw Allphones Arena 04/25/2013 Brisbane Qld Brisbane Entertainment Centre 04/22/2013 Auckland Auk Vector Arena 04/20/2013 Auckland Auk Vector Arena
Black Sabbath Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 08/03/2012 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/03/2012 Chicago IL Grant Park