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:

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.”