Black Sabbath Biography (Wikipedia)
Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band experienced multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history. Originally formed as a blues rock band, the group soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. They also composed songs about social instability, political corruption and drugs.
Osbourne's regular use of alcohol and other drugs led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Following two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath endured countless 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. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's final studio album and nineteenth overall, 13 (2013), features all of the original members but Ward. A year after embarking on a farewell tour, the band played their final concert in their home city of Birmingham on 4 February 2017. Iommi has stated, however, that he has not ruled out the possibility of new material or one-off shows under the Black Sabbath name.
- Black Sabbath: Paranoidhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025g0fy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p025g0fy.jpg2014-08-25T12:45:00.000ZSian Llewellyn from Classic Rock magazine remembers the first time she heard Paranoidhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p025g0g0
Black Sabbath: Paranoid
- Tony Iommi chats to Radcliffe and Maconiehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01cljgp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01cljgp.jpg2013-07-11T11:39:00.000ZTony Iommi joins Mark and Stuart to talk about Black Sabbath's new album, 13.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01cljhj
Tony Iommi chats to Radcliffe and Maconie
- Black Sabbath in conversation with Daniel P Carterhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019yxh9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019yxh9.jpg2013-06-04T14:44:00.000ZOzzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler chat to Dan about making the new Black Sabbath album.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019yxj6
Black Sabbath in conversation with Daniel P Carter
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