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Ozzy Osbourne Says Final Black Sabbath Album & Tour Will Happen Next Year

Black Sabbath were supposed to play one final show this November at Ozzfest Japan, but that quickly dissolved into an Ozzy Osbourne solo gig, possibly because of a colorful unresolved dispute between Osbourne and erstwhile drummer Bill Ward regarding Ward’s physical fitness. Now Osbourne is saying Sabbath will indeed release one last album next year… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 28, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Today In Black Sabbath’s Facebook Feud

A quick update on Black Sabbath’s public infighting this week: First, drummer Bill Ward posted to Facebook that he wouldn’t play with Sabbath again until Ozzy Osbourne apologized to him for saying he was too fat and out of shape to participate in recording sessions for 2013 album 13 and the accompanying world tour. Ward… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Bill Ward Will Not Play With Black Sabbath Until Ozzy Apologizes

What the hell is going on with Black Sabbath? First, the band announced they would do one last album and one last tour before calling it quits. Then, they announced the date and location of what was to be their last-ever show, although they didn’t mention the once-alleged new album/tour. Then, they announced that the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 15, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Black Sabbath’s Big Farewell Show Is Actually An Ozzy Osbourne Solo Gig

Black Sabbath previously promised their fans one final show — but something must have gone haywire since. Instead of the trio reuniting for Ozzfest in Japan, the concert is now being billed as Ozzy Osbourne “and friends.” The band relayed the news in a Facebook post:… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Black Sabbath Announce Final Show

Last year, Black Sabbath, the greatest and most important metal band of all time, announced that they planned on making one last studio album and heading out on one last tour, both in 2015. None of them are getting any younger, and guitarist Tony Iommi is being treated for cancer. In the studio, they’re working… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 23, 2015 - 11:41 am

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Jailed After Bar Fight

Geezer Butler is a 65-year-old millionaire, and he’s taken up vegan activism in recent years. But he’s also the bassist and lyricist for motherfucking Black Sabbath, and if you see him down at your local tavern, he is the wrong man to test. TMZ reports that sheriff’s deputies in Inyo County, Nevada arrested Butler after… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2015 - 9:23 am

Watch Foo Fighters Put On Corpsepaint, Cover Black Sabbath With Zac Brown For Halloween At The Ryman

Just as they followed up the Chicago episode of Sonic Highways with a club show at Cubby Bear, Foo Fighters followed their HBO show’s Nashville episode with a Halloween gig at the Ryman. The band put on corpsepaint. Below, watch fan-made video of two songs below: new single “Congregation” and a reprise of the Zac-Brown-assisted… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 1, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Watch Foo Fighters Cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” With Zac Brown On Letterman

When the Foo Fighters announced a five-day residency on the Late Show With David Letterman as they’re getting ready to drop both an album and a TV show, it seemed likely that they’d debut five of the songs from that album. One night in, though, and that’s not what’s happening. Instead, they brought a country… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 9:02 am

Black Sabbath Plan One Last Album, Tour

In an interview with Metal Hammer, Ozzy Osbourne announced that Black Sabbath would be recording a new album, and that it would be their last. He also said they want to do one final tour. The band will go into the studio in early 2015 (“sooner rather than later,” due to Tony Iommi’s cancer treatments)… More »

By: James Rettig / September 29, 2014 - 11:27 am

GONGA (Feat. Beth Gibbons) – “Black Sabbeth” (Black Sabbath Cover)

It’s been a while since we heard Beth Gibbons’ ghostly voice, but this week she showed up in a unique setting. Instrumental metal band GONGA recorded a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath,” inviting Gibbons to take the place of Ozzy on vocals, and renamed the thing “Black Sabbeth.” Gibbons fits the song perfectly, and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 24, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Grammys 2014: Winners List

UPDATE: Check out GIFs and performance videos from the Grammys here and our wrap-up essay here.

Here we go! The festivities are underway and the hardware is being handed out, and in this space we’ll keep track of your 2014 Grammy award winners as they are announced. Of course, a crushing-majority percentage of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 26, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Quasi – “War Pigs” (Black Sabbath Cover)

For their massive new double album Mole City, Quasi, the long-running indie duo of Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss, recorded a grand total of 24 songs, including the previously-posted “You Can Stay But You Gotta Go” and “See You On Mars.” You’d think that would be enough, but no. The band also made an all-cover… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Black Sabbath Albums From Worst To Best

Few bands can claim to have invented an entire genre of music. The Beatles didn’t do it. The Beach Boys and visionary writer and producer Brian Wilson didn’t do it. Frank Zappa didn’t do it. Black Sabbath, a band once filleted by rock critics like Lester Bangs and targeted by generations of parents for allegedly… More »

By: Justin M. Norton / June 21, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?” Video

There’s been a lot of good discourse surrounding the “reunited” Black Sabbath’s new album, the Rick Rubin-produced 13. Steve Smith and Ben Ratliff offered some fascinating and thoughtful insights into the album on the last New York Times Music Popcast; my pal (and occasional Stereogum contributor) Hank Shteamer wrote a great (positive) review of the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 10, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Stream Black Sabbath 13

When I gave a negative review to “The End Of The Beginning,” the second single to be released from Black Sabbath’s 13, I did so based on a ridiculous edit of the song wedged into a pandering, cringe-inducing CSI segment. I was unaware, though, that I was listening to a truncated version of the track,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 3, 2013 - 5:22 pm

Black Sabbath – “End Of The Beginning”

I watch a lot of television — like A LOT of television — and I’ve never seen a single episode of CSI. I know this sounds snobbish (and maybe it is in fact snobbish), but I’m saying it to make a point: I’m a fan of Black Sabbath, a passionate consumer of music, an employee… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 16, 2013 - 12:20 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2013

Metal in 2013 will to some extent be defined by two stories that made their debuts in April, one of which was included on our list of the month’s best songs, the other which was not but deserves to be discussed here just the same. The latter is Ghost B.C.’s Infestissumam, which was released o… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 29, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?”

The best metal album of 2012 was Pallbearer’s fantastic Sorrow And Extinction, an album heavily indebted to Ozzy-era Black Sabbath. Yes, of course, all metal is heavily indebted to Ozzy-era Black Sabbath — they’re the primogenitors of the whole thing — but Sorrow was especially so, due to the combination of doomy, downtuned, beautifully powerful… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 18, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Reunited Black Sabbath Announce 13, 1st Studio LP In 35 Years

The original Black Sabbath lineup officially reunited in November 2011 to play some shows and record a new album — their first since 1978’s Never Say Die — with producer Rick Rubin. Last February, drummer Bill Ward left the reunited Sabbath, after failing to agree on contract terms, presumably slowing down progress in the studio. More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 14, 2013 - 10:59 am

Lollapalooza 2012: M83, Passion Pit, Black Sabbath, & More

For Sunday’s recap and photos, click here.
For Saturday’s recap and photos, click here.
Friday’s recap below…

12:00 p.m. @ The Playstation Stage: First Aid Kit I eased into Lollapalooza’s chaos slowly, with an early set by First Aid Kit — two sisters, Klara and Johanna Soderberg, from Sweden, ages 18… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 4, 2012 - 2:49 pm
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