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Black Sabbath

About

Black Sabbath were an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1968 by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. They are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes following Osbourne's departure in 1979, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

After previous iterations of the group called the Polka Tulk Blues Band and Earth, the band settled on the name Black Sabbath in 1969. They distinguished themselves through occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and down-tuned guitars. Signing to Philips Records in November 1969, they released their first single, "Evil Woman" in January 1970. Their debut album, Black Sabbath, was released the following month. Though it received a negative critical response, the album was a commercial success, leading to a follow-up record, Paranoid, later that year. The band's popularity grew, and by 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, critics were starting to respond favourably.

Osbourne's excessive substance abuse led to his firing in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Following two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath endured many personnel changes in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as several drummers and bassists. Martin, who replaced Gillen in 1987, was the second longest serving vocalist and recorded three albums with Black Sabbath before his dismissal in 1991. That same year, Iommi and Butler were rejoined by Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer (1992). After two more studio albums with Martin, who replaced Dio in 1993, the band's original line-up reunited in 1997 and released a live album Reunion the following year; they continued to tour occasionally until 2005. Other than various back catalogue reissues and compilation albums, as well as the Mob Rules-era lineup reunited as Heaven & Hell, there was no further activity under the Black Sabbath name for six years. They reunited in 2011 and released their final studio album and nineteenth overall, 13 (2013), which features all of the original members except Ward. During their farewell tour, the band played their final concert in their home city of Birmingham on 4 February 2017.Black Sabbath have sold over 70 million records worldwide as of 2013, making them one of the most commercially successful heavy metal bands. They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 on their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance, and in 2019 the band were presented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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August 9, 2022

Ozzy Osbourne Stages Surprise Black Sabbath Reunion at 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

It was the Blizzard of Oz's first show back since major surgery in June.

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August 8, 2022

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi Reunite for Commonwealth Games

After teasing the intro to “Iron Man” with Osbourne bellowing “I am Iron Man” backstage, the group performed “Paranoid” to close the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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August 3, 2022

Ozzy Osbourne “really wishes” he could have been at the Commonwealth Games

It comes after Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi performed at the Games The post Ozzy Osbourne “really wishes” he could have been at the Commonwealth Games appeared first on NME.

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July 22, 2022

Hear Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Reunite on ‘Degradation Rules’

Reunion will appear on singer's upcoming Patient Number 9 album

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July 22, 2022

Ozzy Osbourne reunites with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi on new track ‘Degradation Rules’

The second preview of Ozzy's upcoming new album has arrived The post Ozzy Osbourne reunites with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi on new track ‘Degradation Rules’ appeared first on NME.

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July 20, 2022

Duran Duran and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi to perform at 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

'Peaky Blinders' director Steven Knight will also executive produce the event The post Duran Duran and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi to perform at 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony appeared first on NME.

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July 14, 2022

Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’ was originally written for Black Sabbath, musician’s widow says

"They were supposed to be Sabbath songs" The post Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’ was originally written for Black Sabbath, musician’s widow says appeared first on NME.

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June 28, 2022

Ozzy Osbourne reportedly wants to install bat boxes in his UK home

40 years after the Black Sabbath frontman notoriously bit the head off a bat during a gig The post Ozzy Osbourne reportedly wants to install bat boxes in his UK home appeared first on NME.

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June 14, 2022

Ozzy Osbourne is “doing well on the road to recovery”

The Black Sabbath frontman recently underwent surgery that would "determine the rest of his life" The post Ozzy Osbourne is “doing well on the road to recovery” appeared first on NME.

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June 10, 2022

Ozzy Osbourne undergoing “very major operation” that will “determine the rest of his life”

The Black Sabbath frontman has had multiple health issues in recent years The post Ozzy Osbourne undergoing “very major operation” that will “determine the rest of his life” appeared first on NME.

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June 3, 2022

Yungblud on working with Ozzy Osbourne on the ‘Funeral’ video: “He said he saw a lot of himself in me”

The Black Sabbath icon also shared some advice with the Doncaster rock star The post Yungblud on working with Ozzy Osbourne on the ‘Funeral’ video: “He said he saw a lot of himself in me” appeared first on NME.

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May 27, 2022

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler says “heavy metal” began as a “sarcastic” term

"This isn't music, it's a load of heavy metal being smashed together" The post Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler says “heavy metal” began as a “sarcastic” term appeared first on NME.

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April 15, 2022

Cancer Bats: “IDLES are basically the biggest hardcore band on the planet”

Frontman Liam Cormier on how mindfulness shaped their “heavy as fuck” new album ‘Psychic Jailbreak’, and the return of their Black Sabbath-inspired side-project Bat Sabbath. The post Cancer Bats: “IDLES are basically the biggest hardcore band on the planet” appeared first on NME.

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April 7, 2022

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler finishes first draft of his memoir

The bassist wants your title suggestions... The post Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler finishes first draft of his memoir appeared first on NME.

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January 25, 2022

Keyboardist Don Airey on His Years With Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath

The heavy-metal veteran has also played with Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, Rainbow, UFO, Whitesnake, and Bruce Dickinson

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December 11, 2021

Tony Iommi on Black Sabbath reunion shows: “You can never say never, can you?“

The band’s 81-date farewell tour finished in 2017 The post Tony Iommi on Black Sabbath reunion shows: “You can never say never, can you?“ appeared first on NME.

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November 25, 2021

Hear Tony Iommi’s First Rock Song Since Black Sabbath’s ’13,’ the Doomy ‘Scent of Dark’

The song arrives alongside the guitarist's new signature cologne, a collaboration with luxury perfume house Xerjoff

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November 20, 2021

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi gets introduced to 469-million-year-old fossil named after him

Iommi says the fossil "has to be the most weirdest thing that's ever been named after me" The post Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi gets introduced to 469-million-year-old fossil named after him appeared first on NME.

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November 2, 2021

Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath members and more mourn loss of heavy metal journalist Malcolm Dome

Dome was credited with coining the term "thrash metal" The post Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath members and more mourn loss of heavy metal journalist Malcolm Dome appeared first on NME.

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October 21, 2021

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Movie in the Works

The Osbournes’ children Aimée and Jack are producing the biopic, which will feature tracks from Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career

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October 8, 2021

Black Sabbath’s founding drummer Bill Ward says he’s discussed making a new album with management

He expressed his desire to make a new Black Sabbath album back in March The post Black Sabbath’s founding drummer Bill Ward says he’s discussed making a new album with management appeared first on NME.

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September 21, 2021

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on Black Sabbath, Metallica, and His Favorite Songs of All Time

The "Metal God" breaks down his ballot for Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, including tunes by Slayer, Dio, Motorhead, Rage Against the Machine, and David Bowie

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September 20, 2021

Kim Kardashian says daughter North West is a “goth girl”: “She listens to Black Sabbath”

"She’s into Hot Topic, and she puts fake tattoos on her face" The post Kim Kardashian says daughter North West is a “goth girl”: “She listens to Black Sabbath” appeared first on NME.

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September 1, 2021

Bassist Neil Murray on His Years with Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, and Brian May

The bassist spent decades playing alongside the biggest names in hard rock and metal, but was plagued the whole time by poor timing and bad luck

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Discs

Technical Ecstasy (2021 Remaster)

October 1, 2021

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Rock 'n' Roll Doctor (2021 Remaster)

September 24, 2021

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It's Alright (2021 Remaster)

September 10, 2021

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Dirty Women (2021 Remaster)

August 20, 2021

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Sabotage (2021 Remaster)

June 11, 2021

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Megalomania (2021 Remaster)

May 28, 2021

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Paranoid (Live at John F. Kennedy Stadium, 13th July 1985)

January 1, 2018

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The End (Live)

November 17, 2017

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War Pigs (Live)

November 10, 2017

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Bassically / N.I.B. (Live)

November 3, 2017

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Paranoid (Live)

October 13, 2017

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13 (Deluxe Version)

January 1, 2013

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13

January 1, 2013

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The Devil Cried

March 13, 2007

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Paranoid

October 6, 1998

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Reunion

October 5, 1998

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Dehumanizer (2008 Remaster)

June 22, 1992

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The Eternal Idol (2005 Remaster)

November 23, 1987

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Seventh Star (2004 Remaster)

January 28, 1986

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Born Again (2004 Remaster)

August 7, 1983

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Live Evil (Live) [2008 Remaster]

December 1, 1982

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Live Evil (2008 Remaster)

December 1, 1982

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Voodoo (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, 12/31/1981)

November 4, 1981

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The Mob Rules (Live at Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, 4/22/1982)

November 4, 1981

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Die Young (Live B-Side)

November 4, 1981

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Mob Rules (Deluxe Edition)

November 4, 1981

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Mob Rules (2008 Remaster)

November 4, 1981

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Heaven and Hell (2008 Remaster)

April 25, 1980

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Neon Knights (Live at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 8/10/1980)

April 21, 1980

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Lady Evil (7-inch Mono Edit)

April 21, 1980

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Heaven and Hell (Live B-Side)

April 21, 1980

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Heaven and Hell (Deluxe Edition)

April 21, 1980

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Never Say Die! (2013 Remaster)

September 28, 1978

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Technical Ecstasy (2013 Remaster)

September 25, 1976

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Back Street Kids (2021 Remaster)

January 1, 1976

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Symptom Of The Universe (2021 Remaster)

July 28, 1975

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Hole In The Sky (2021 Remaster)

July 28, 1975

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Am I Going Insane (Radio) [2021 Remaster]

July 28, 1975

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Sabotage (2014 Remaster)

July 28, 1975

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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (2014 Remaster)

December 1, 1973

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Tomorrow's Dream (2021 Remaster)

September 25, 1972

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Supernaut (Remaster)

September 25, 1972

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Snowblind (2021 Remaster)

September 25, 1972

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Changes (2021 Remaster)

September 25, 1972

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Vol. 4 (2021 Remaster)

September 25, 1972

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Vol. 4 (2014 Remaster)

September 25, 1972

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Master of Reality (2014 Remaster)

July 21, 1971

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Paranoid (Remaster)

September 18, 1970

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Black Sabbath (2014 Remaster)

February 13, 1970

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