Black Sabbath May Be Honored With Bridge In Birmingham

According to BirminghamLive, West Side business development and the city of Birmingham, England may honor Black Sabbath with a “Black Sabbath Bridge” on the stretch of Broad Street over the canal next to Symphony Hall and the ICC. Furthermore, they also want to give Bill Ward his own star on the Walk Of Stars, so each original member is represented. They will then take all the stars and add an official one for the band itself so they have enough to put them in the shape of a cross in front of a special tribute bench. Egyptian-born Sabbath fan Mohammed Osamaidea came up with idea and had the following to say:

“If we get approval, all of the stars will be rearranged and the bridge itself will also be named after the band. The band members and their managements have been in the loop as well. My vision is to reunite the four original members for the unveiling of the stars and ‘Metal Bench.’ I mean, just reunite them together at their hometown; no gigs or anything — just the four of them being celebrated together at their hometown would be the best ending and closure I could possibly think of.”

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Ozzy Osbourne Says He Wasn’t Allowed To Have Fun On Black Sabbath’s Final Tour

Last month, Ozzy Osbourne told The Inquirer that he “didn’t have a great time” on Black Sabbath’s final tour. Now, he echoed those comments once again during a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Here’s what he had to say:

“With Sabbath, all I am is a singer with a band. [My solo group] is a different thing. I’ve got a lot of freedom and I have fun with it. It’s not allowed to have fucking fun with Sabbath. It’s too serious. Tony [Iommi] was trying to have a go at me, saying, ‘Don’t fucking talk over my solos.’ I go, ‘Okay, are you sure? ‘Cause most of the fucking song is solos. The intro to the song is fuckin’ five minutes and then I sing for about two seconds and then it’s another one.’ With my own thing, I’m looking to have fun, and that’s what music’s about for me. I’m not a serious fucking singer. I’m just a frontman who’s trying to get the crowd going in front.”

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Announces “A Life In Music” Events In Paisley And Edinburgh

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi will be discussing his life and career at two special “A Life In Music” events in Paisley and Edinburgh. Kerrang! editor Phil Alexander will host the events and the dates can be seen below:

10/12 Paisley – The Spree Festival
10/13 Edinburgh – Assembly Halls

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Announces “A Life In Music” Event In London

On October 19, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi will be discussing his life and career at a special “A Life In Music” event at The Emmanuel Centre in London, England. Kerrang! editor Phil Alexander will host the event and more info can be found HERE.

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“Black Sabbath: Going Through Changes” Photo Book To Be Released In September

A new Black Sabbath photo book called “Black Sabbath: Going Through Changes” is set to be released on September 28 via Wymer. The coffee-table style book will feature numerous pictures taken throughout the U.S. and Europe back in the seventies. It will be limited to 500 copies and fans that pre-order it by September 3 will get their name printed on a dedicated fan page. Here’s everything it will come with: 128-pages in A4 hardback, custom-end papers, prints on 170gsm silk paper, digitally restored and cleaned photos, a Wibalin presentation case, and a set of five prints on 400gsm card: (1. Tony Iommi, 2. Ozzy Osbourne, 3. Geezer Butler, 4. Bill Ward, 5. Full group)

[via Blabbermouth]

Ozzy Osbourne & Tony Iommi Willing To Reunite Black Sabbath For 2022 Commonwealth Games

Even though Black Sabbath wrapped up their final tour last year, the idea of the band reuniting for one-off shows has continued to be a topic of discussion. Now, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi have both shown interest in playing the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. Osbourne told ITV News that it “would be fantastic” to perform at the opening ceremony “with Black Sabbath or on [his] own.” As for Iommi, Birmingham Mail are reporting that the guitarist said the following when he was asked about the idea: “I think that it would be a great thing to do to help represent Birmingham. I’m up for it! Let’s see what happens!” Fans will just have to wait and see if the group decides to return.

Tony Iommi On The Likelihood Of Black Sabbath Playing Again: “It’s Highly Unlikely, But We May”

During a charity fundraiser at the Opus Restaurant in Birmingham, Tony Iommi was asked if Black Sabbath would ever play together again. He responded by saying “it’s highly unlikely, but [they] may.”

Here’s what Iommi had to say:

“It’s highly unlikely, but we may. You can never say never, because we’ve done it [before] … So many times, you say, ‘Oh, that’s it now,’ with different singers and this and that, and all of a sudden we’re playing together again. I would hope we could do some one-offs, but we’ll never tour the world again as we did, because it is really exhausting.”

He continued:

“People think, ‘What a great life,’ and it is a great life, but it has its toll on your body. All the traveling at different hours of the day and night. You finish a show at 11 o’clock. What we’d normally do is we’d base ourselves in one place, like New York or wherever we were, and then we’d stay in New York for 10 days, fly out and do a show and fly back in the night. So by the time you get to the hotel, it’s four o’clock or five o’clock [in the morning]. And you don’t pass the time, you can’t sleep. And that’s the difficult part. Even though you travel the best way you can. You could never fault the service. We had a great plane, we had great hotels — everything was marvelous — but it’s still tiring.”

After some laughter from the crowd, Iommi added: “I think when you get to our age, it changes from when we’re 20. We could stay up all night, but now I’m 30 and it’s a different thing.” He also said “Ozzy’s going on, which is great. And one day we may [reunite onstage]. It’d be nice to do a few one-offs, but not another two years.”

[via Loudwire]