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Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

Background information
Origin Birmingham, England
Genre(s) Heavy Metal
Years active 1968—2006
Label(s) Epic Records
Sanctuary Records
Reprise Records
Vertigo Records
Castle Communications
Associated acts Mythology
Heaven & Hell
Deep Purple
Black Country
Website Website
Ozzy Osbourne
Tony Iommi
Geezer Butler
Bill Ward

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Black Sabbath Overview


Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass guitar), and Bill Ward (drums). The band has since experienced multiple lineup changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant presence in the band through the years. A total of twenty-two musicians have at one time been members of Black Sabbath. Originally formed as a heavy blues-rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult- and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars, changing their name to Black Sabbath and achieving multiple platinum records in the 1970s. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social and political issues such as drugs and war.

Forbidden (1995) Cross Purposes Live (1995) Cross Purposes (1994) Dehumanizer (1992) Tyr (1990) Headless Cross (1989) The Eternal Idol (1987) Seventh Star (1986) Born Again (1983) Live Evil (1982)

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Jack Osbourne To Make Black Sabbath Horror Movie

April 26, 2011
Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack is set to make a horror film named after his father's band, Black Sabbath. The reality TV star will reportedly work on the project with co-producer Marc Weingarten.   Read more 

Black Sabbath Stars Ozzy Osbourne And Tony Iommi 'Amicably Resolve' Legal Battle

July 21, 2010
Former Black Sabbath stars Ozzy Osbourne And Tony Iommi have “amicably resolved” a legal battle over the band's name. In May 2009, Osbourne sued the band's guitarist, claiming he had illegally assumed ownership of the group's name.  Read more 

Ronnie James Dio Funeral Attracts Black Sabbath Stars

May 31, 2010
Hundreds of fans gathered in Los Angeles yesterday (May 30) for the funeral of former Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio. Dio, who died earlier this month following a battle with stomach cancer, was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  Read more 

Ronnie James Dio Dies Aged 67

May 17, 2010
Heavy metal musician Ronnie James Dio has died at the age of 67. Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, passed away at his home on Sunday morning (May 16).  Read more 

Ozzy Osbourne Sues Black Sabbath Band Mate Tony Iommi

June 1, 2009
Ozzy Osbourne is suing his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi over a dispute about the ownership of the band's name. The dithering rocker believes that Iommi has wrongfully claimed the sole rights to the band's names and therefore has profited from royalties and merchandise sales.  Read more 

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