Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Preparing To Write New Album

It looks like Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi is preparing to work on new music. The guitarist has confirmed that he will soon be “writing another album.”

Iommi said the following:

“It’s been a good year for me, 2022, in parts anyway. I’ve been writing and recording. I’m having a new studio built, which I’m really pleased about. Well, actually, the studio is built, and it’s almost ready to go; I’m just waiting for some equipment. Because of the war [in Ukraine], it’s sort of stopped some of the parts coming through. But we’re almost there. In another couple of weeks, I think I’ll be ready to go in and start work in there, which I’m really looking forward to — writing another album.”

He also further commented on Black Sabbath’s plans to reissue their Tony Martin-era albums:

“[In 2023], of course, we’re gonna have the Tony Martin box set and Cozy Powell and Neil Murray. And I’m looking forward to that, because a lot of people have asked about that, which is great. They wanted to see when it’s coming out, when it’s coming out. And we’ve done ’em in succession, really, with these albums. You can’t just bring everything out together; it has to come out in [the right] times. So we’ve had all the original SABBATH stuff come out, box sets, and then we’ve got the Ronnie [James Dio] stuff. And then the next thing will be the Tony Martin and then my solo stuff. So it’s gonna be busy again. But it’s great. And it’s nice to be doing the interviews and talking about what we did and all the rest of stuff.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tony Iommi Says Black Sabbath’s Tony Martin-Era Albums Will Be Reissued In 2023

Tony Iommi has confirmed that Black Sabbath will be reissuing the albums they recorded with singer Tony Martin in 2023. The guitarist said the following about that, while paying tribute to late drummer Cozy Powell:

“Cozy Powell would have been 75 today. Looking forward to the release of the IRS albums in 2023, a tribute to his great playing.”

Ozzy Osbourne Open To Making More Music With Tony Iommi, But Not As Black Sabbath

During a recent episode of “Ozzy Speaks” on SiriusXM, Ozzy Osbourne talked about recording “Degradation Rules” with Tony Iommi for his latest solo album “Patient Number 9.” Notably, the frontman says he would be open to working with Iommi again, but not under the Black Sabbath banner.

Osbourne had the following to say after co-host Billy Morrison asked if “Degradation Rules” will lead to more activity from Black Sabbath:

“No, not more Black Sabbath. But I wouldn’t say no to do some more with Tony. Black Sabbath is a completely different music to what I’m into now.”

He also added the following about recording the track:

“[It] was great. I mean, now you don’t have to sit in a room; you can do it over the phone. That track would have been a great Black Sabbath track on the ’13’ album. I wasn’t really in love with that ’13’ album.”

He continued when asked if Black Sabbath is over:

“Well, it’s kind of, like, how many times do you wanna do the same… it’s the same format, you know? It was very successful for a lot of years, and people wanted to see us. I did that farewell tour. And the only thing about that which was sad [was that drummer] Bill Ward wasn’t there. But I’ve spoken to Bill since. He’s all right. I would work with any of them individually. But as Black Sabbath, I think it’s [over]. We couldn’t really beat what we’ve already done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

KnuckleBonz Announce New Black Sabbath Statue Set

KnuckleBonz have launched pre-orders for some new Black Sabbath statues. The figures will be released as a set featuring 1975-era versions of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. The bundle will be limited to 3000 and individual statues will not be available.

Deluxe Editions Of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell” & “Mob Rules” To Be Released In November

BMG will be releasing deluxe editions of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” next month. The expanded version of “Heaven And Hell” will be available on November 4, while the expanded version of “Mob Rules” will be available on November 18. Each album will come as a 2-CD or a 2-LP set featuring various bonus tracks.

“Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition”:

2-CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster):

01. “Neon Knights”
02. “Children Of The Sea”
03. “Lady Evil”
04. “Heaven And Hell”
05. “Wishing Well”
06. “Die Young”
07. “Walk Away”
08. “Lonely Is The Word”

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks:

01. “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights”
02. “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young”
03. “Lady Evil” – 7 Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980):

04. “Neon Knights”
05. “Children Of The Sea”
06. “Heaven And Hell”
07. “Die Young”

Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982):

08. “E5150”
09. “Neon Knights”
10. “Children Of The Sea”
11. “Heaven And Hell”

2-LP Track Listing:

Side One:

01. “Neon Knights”
02. “Children Of The Sea”
03. “Lady Evil”
04. “Heaven And Hell”

Side Two:

01. “Wishing Well”
02. “Die Young”
03. “Walk Away”
04. “Lonely Is The Word”

Side Three:

01. “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights”
02. “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young”
03. “Lady Evil” – 7″ Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
04. “Neon Knights” – Live 1980

Side Four:

01. “Children Of The Sea” – Live 1980
02. “Heaven And Hell” – Live 1980
03. “Die Young” – Live 1980

“Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition”:

2-CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster):

01. “Turn Up The Night”
02. “Voodoo”
03. “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”
04. “E5150”
05. “The Mob Rules”
06. “Country Girl”
07. “Slipping Away”
08. “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”
09. “Over And Over”

Bonus Tracks:

10. “The Mob Rules” – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
11. “Die Young” – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″
12. “The Mob Rules” – New 2021 Mix *

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82):

13. “Country Girl”
14. “Slipping Away”
15. “The Mob Rules”
16. “Voodoo”

Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982:

17. “Intro” *
18. “Neon Knights” *

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks:

Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982:

01. “N.I.B.”
02. “Children Of The Sea”
03. “Voodoo”
04. “Black Sabbath”
05. “War Pigs”
06. “Drum Solo”
07. “Iron Man”
08. “The Mob Rules”
09. “Heaven And Hell”
10. “Guitar Solo”
11. “Sign Of The Southern Cross”/”Heaven And Hell” – Reprise
12. “Paranoid”
13. “Children Of The Grave”

2-LP Track Listing:

Side One:

01. “Turn Up The Night”
02. “Voodoo”
03. “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”
04. “E5150”
05. “The Mob Rules”

Side Two;

01. “Country Girl”
02. “Slipping Away”
03. “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”
04. “Over And Over”

Side Three:

01. “The Mob Rules” – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
02. “Die Young” – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″
03. The Mob Rules” – New 2021 Mix *
04. “Sign Of The Southern Cross”/”Heaven And Hell” – Reprise *

Side Four:

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82):

01. “Country Girl”
02. “Slipping Away”
03. “The Mob Rules”
04. “Voodoo”

Ozzy Osbourne On Black Sabbath’s “13”: “It Wasn’t Really A Black Sabbath Album”

During a recent interview with Stereogum, Ozzy Osbourne reflected on Black Sabbath’s final album “13.” The singer says the effort “wasn’t really a Black Sabbath album.”

Osbourne said the following when asked if he feels good about the ways “13” left things:

“Not really, because to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really get a charge from the album. Although Rick Rubin is a good friend of mine, I wasn’t really… I was just singing. It was like stepping back in time, but it wasn’t a glorious period. Though Geezer [Butler] did a lot of lyric writing for me, which he’s very, very good at. It wasn’t an earth-shattering experience for me.”

He continued when asked if Black Sabbath is completely finished in his mind:

“I would like to say it’s completely done. I think it’s time. The only thing I really regret, to be honest, is that Bill Ward didn’t play on the album. It wasn’t really a Black Sabbath album. I’m not saying that one day we might not all go in a room and come up with the perfect Black Sabbath album. But I’ll say, [13] wasn’t recorded the way Black Sabbath recorded records. We’d gone right back past the point where we took charge, back to when someone else had full control of our recording. Which we never did from Vol. 4 onwards.”

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Explains Why Geezer Butler Was Absent From Commonwealth Games Performance

As previously reported, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne recently reunited to perform at the closing ceremony for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. Now, during a recent interview with BirminghamLive, Iommi offered an explanation for Geezer Butler’s absence from the event:

“I don’t think he wanted to come over as he hadn’t been well with Covid. He’d been on holiday to Kenya and to Italy and had had an accident on a boat, cracking or breaking a rib about three weeks ago, so he was not quite in fine fettle to come over to play. It’s a shame because we’d talked for a long time about the possibility of playing at the Commonwealth Games.”

British Politicians Call On The Queen To Recognize Black Sabbath

A number of British politicians have joined forces to urge Queen Elizabeth II to honor Black Sabbath. The move was made after singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi recently performed during the closing ceremony at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

According to Blabbermouth, the cross-bench selection of MPs are working on the initiative with the leader of the Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward, and the deputy leader, Councillor Brigid Jones. Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, has also launched a petition to get the band recognized for their music services in Birmingham. The following was said in a letter to the Queen:

“For all their global fame, they have kept strong links with Birmingham, demonstrated by their barnstorming surprise performance at the closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games.

I appreciate this request is not within the normal procedures of seeking royal honours. However, we feel that this extraordinary occasion deserves extraordinary recognition of this extraordinary group of musicians,” the letter continued.

We therefore seek direct intervention and support from Your Majesty to recognise the great contribution made by these fine and ground-breaking musicians, who were made in Birmingham and who have once again not just entertained Birmingham, the United Kingdom and the whole of the Commonwealth but perhaps the world.”

Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” Featured In New Trailer For Season 6 Of “Rick And Morty”

Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” is featured in the new trailer for season 6 of “Rick And Morty.” You can check that out below. The new season is currently set to kick off on September 4.

Watch Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne And Tony Iommi Perform At Closing Of 2022 “Commonwealth Games”

Earlier today (August 8), Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reunited to close out the “Commonwealth Games” in Birmingham, England. You can see footage of the duo performing “Paranoid” and a shortened version of “Iron Man” with bassist Adam Wakeman and drummer Tommy Clufetos below: