Black Sabbath Team Up With Puck Hcky For New Merch Collection

Black Sabbath have teamed up with hockey-themed brand Puck Hcky for a new merch collection. You can see what they have to offer HERE. Matt Marini, CEO of Puck Hcky, said the following about the collaboration:

“WOW! We here at Puck Hcky cannot be more proud, honored and excited to release this collaboration with the legendary Black Sabbath. The impact Black Sabbath has had (and continues to have!) on the music world cannot be understated, and all of us at Puck Hcky fully realize just how special it is to be able to drop this collection! We hope that the legions of Black Sabbath fans around the world find this collection truly special and enjoy wearing it as much as we do! Again…all we can say is WOW!”

Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler Finishes First Draft Of His Upcoming Autobiography

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler has officially finished the first draft of his upcoming autobiography. The bassist tweeted the following about that:

Tony Iommi On Possible Black Sabbath Reunion: “I Wouldn’t Wanna Do 18-Month Tours Again. But That Doesn’t Say We Wouldn’t Do Any One-off Stuff”

During a recent interview with Liz Barnes of Planet Rock‘s “My Planet Rocks,” Tony Iommi was asked about a possible Black Sabbath reunion. The guitarist responded by saying that he would still be open to doing some one-off shows.

Iommi said the following:

“You can never say never, can you? We’ve known in this band you can never say, ‘That’s never gonna happen again,’ because every time we said that, it has. We never thought we’d get back with Ozzy [Osbourne after] the early years. We never thought we’d get back with [Ronnie James] Dio again; we did. We never thought we’d have Ian Gillan in the band, but we did. So you just can’t say it’s never gonna happen.”

“[The final tour] was emotional, the last year, because we’d done it so long together, and it just felt pretty weird, really. It was basically my fault to end it because of the touring.

The problem is in a band of this size, you can’t just go and go a week of gigs; you’ve gotta do a world tour of 18 months. And when you do that, you have to take that on. When you first mention it, about going out on tour, ‘Yeah. Brilliant. 18-month tour. Fantastic.’ But when you get into a year of it, you get tired. But you have to take it on that long ’cause you’ve got all the crew to keep alive. Everybody’s got a job, so you can’t do one week and then have a month off and do another week, ’cause you won’t get the crew; they wanna have a job. So we’ve done it for that long — we’ve done a world tour and a world tour again. And then it was getting sort of tiring. Even though we had our own plane and we [stayed] in the best hotels — everything was perfect — but you still get tired. We’d have a base in New York when we play in that area, so we’d have the plane there fly in. So you get in at three o’clock in the morning and then try to get to bed and sleep. So it was a regular thing like this. We tried to make it as comfortable as possible. It couldn’t get any easier or [more] comfortable, but it still was tiring. And the late nights and stuff. So, when I was talking to my doctors, they said, ‘You shouldn’t really be doing it to that extent, flying,’ ’cause I’ve got blood cancer. It wasn’t good for me to be doing that much flying. I talked to the guys and I said, ‘It’s probably the time to call it a day now, sort of thing, for now’ of that extensive touring. So that’s really what we did. But the stipulation was we had to end up in Birmingham ’cause that’s where we started.”

He also added that he would still be open to one-off shows:

“We haven’t stopped it. It’s just the major touring that has come to a stop; I wouldn’t wanna do 18-month tours again. But that doesn’t say we wouldn’t do any one-off stuff.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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New Fossil Named After Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi

A group of Danish/Swedish paleontologists have discovered a new species of conodonts. The 469 million-year-old fossil was found in Russia and the scientists have decided to name it after legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

Blabbermouth shared more information on the discovery:

“The fossil is around 469 million years old and was recovered from a succession of limestone in western Russia, rocks that once formed the sea floor sediments during the Ordovician Period. Because the species proved to be new to science, it had to be formally baptized with a unique Latin moniker. As all study authors are passionate hobby musicians and have long love affairs with the history of heavy rock music, they decided to honor one of heavy metal’s true pioneers — guitar legend Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.”

Paleontologist Mats E. Eriksson said the following:

“I personally have quite an extensive track record of combining my science of palaeontology with heavy music (manifested through fossils named after Lemmy Kilmister, Alex Webster and King Diamond, but also through the travelling exhibition Rock Fossils, popular science books, and even ‘paleo metal’ records), so it came easy to me.

Tony Iommi has been high on my list of people I wanted to honor this way. To my great pleasure, both my fellow co-authors loved the suggestion. So, now Tony Iommi is also immortalized in the scientific literature with the gorgeous species Drepanoistodus Iommii.”

“I commissioned legendary ‘heavy metal painter’ Joe Petagno — whom I have been working with several times over the last few years — to make a majestic, honorary painting. I love the piece that Joe affectionately refers to as ‘Tony Iommi conjuring an otherworldly gargantuan conodont.'”

Conodont specialist Jan Audun Rasmussen also commented:

“Drepanoistodus Iommii is indeed excellently preserved, belongs to a complex group of conodonts, and has great potential as a time marker (so-called biostratigraphy).”

Anders Lindskog added:

“The rocks we sampled at a steep Russian river bluff might not look like much to the naked eye, but they have turned out to be a treasure trove for us fossil aficionados.”

You can read a scientific article focusing on three new species HERE.

Bill Ward Wants To Reunite With Black Sabbath For A New Album: “I’m Very Open-Minded About Doing Something Like That”

During an interview with Metro, ex-Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward said that he would like to make a new album with the band’s original lineup. He went on to say that he hasn’t discussed the idea with his former bandmates directly, but he is “very open-minded about doing something like that.”

Ward said the following about recent contacts he had with the other members of the group:

“I talked to Ozzy [Osbourne] two nights ago. A lot of things have crossed between us and there’s new boundaries that I’ve had to build, but I don’t think any less of them. I’ve been working with Tony [Iommi] since 1964 when I was 16 years old. They’re my brothers and I love them.”

He also added the following about the possibility of recording a new album with the band:

“As far as I’m concerned, the book’s never closed with Sabbath. I’m writing like a demon, I’m living life. My biggest contention has been, ‘Let’s make another album. Nothing live necessarily, because I’m looking at what I can realistically do. The way I play the drums, it’s becoming tougher as I get older. I haven’t spoken to the guys about it, but I have talked to a couple of people in management about the possibility of making a recording. Which I can do safely, even with COVID around. I can lay track at my studio in Los Angeles. I’m very open-minded about doing something like that.”

Black Sabbath To Release Super Deluxe Edition Of “Technical Ecstasy” In October

Black Sabbath will be releasing a super deluxe edition of their 1976 album “Technical Ecstasy” on October 1. The effort has been remastered and it also includes a new mix by Steven Wilson. The record will be available digitally and as 4-CD and 5-LP box sets. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“Technical Ecstasy” (Super Deluxe Edition) Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster):

01. “Back Street Kids”
02. “You Won’t Change Me”
03. “It’s Alright”
04. “Gypsy”
05. “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)”
06. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor”
07. “She’s Gone”
08. “Dirty Women”

Disc Two: New Steven Wilson Mix (previously unreleased):

01. “Back Street Kids”
02. “You Won’t Change”
03. “It’s Alright” (mono version)
04. “Gypsy”
05. “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)”
06. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor”
07. “She’s Gone”
08. “Dirty Women”

Disc Three: Outtakes & Alternative Mixes (previously unreleased):

01. “Back Street Kids” (alternative mix)
02. “You Won’t Change Me” (alternative mix)
03. “Gypsy” (alternative mix)
04. “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)” (alternative mix)
05. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor” (alternative mix)
06. “She’s Gone” (outtake version)
07. “Dirty Women” (alternative mix)
08. “She’s Gone” (instrumental mix)

Disc Four: Live World Tour 1976-77 (previously unreleased):

01. “Symptom Of The Universe”
02. “War Pigs”
03. “Gypsy”
04. “Black Sabbath”
05. “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)”
06. “Dirty Women”
07. “Drum Solo / Guitar Solo ”
08. “Electric Funeral”
09. “Snowblind”
10. “Children Of The Grave”

You can listen to remastered versions of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor,” It’s Alright,” “Dirty Women,” and “Back Street Kids” below:

Tony Iommi Is “Thinking Of Remixing” Black Sabbath’s “Born Again”

During a recent interview with News.in-24, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi revealed that he is thinking about remixing the group’s 1983 album “Born Again.” The guitarist said the following about that, while discussing plans to publish material from all eras of the band:

“There should be a box set from the Tony Martin era (1987-1991, then 1994-1996). I’m also thinking of remixing the album “Born Again”, the one with Ian Gillan, now that we have found the original tapes.”

Black Sabbath Launch Virtual “Sabotage Deluxe Edition: Escape Room”

To celebrate the release of the new super deluxe edition of Black Sabbath’s “Sabotage,“ BMG have launched an official “Sabotage Deluxe Edition: Escape Room.” The virtual escape room was created in collaboration with Bewilder Box Ltd. and fans that try it out will be tasked with the following:

“Your mission is to recover a copy of the coveted ‘Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition’. Travel back in time to the 1970s and make your way through 15 minutes of mind-boggling SABBATH-themed puzzles, where only those with sharpest of wits and heaviest riffs will succeed. Plug in your Gibson SG, turn your brain up to 11 and see if you’ve got what it takes to be The Prince of Smartness in the ‘Sabotage Deluxe Edition: Escape Room’.”

Black Sabbath Stream Remastered Version Of “Hole In The Sky”

Black Sabbath are streaming a remastered version of their song “Hole In The Sky.” This track is from the super deluxe edition of “Sabotage,“ which will be released on June 11. More details on that effort can be found HERE.

Black Sabbath Stream Remastered Version Of “Symptom Of The Universe”

Black Sabbath are streaming a remastered version of their song “Symptom Of The Universe.” This track is from the super deluxe edition of “Sabotage,“ which will be released on June 11. More details on that effort can be found HERE.