Black Sabbath To Release Super Deluxe Edition Of “Sabotage” In June

Black Sabbath will be releasing a super deluxe edition of “Sabotage“ on June 11. The set will include a new remastered version of the record, live tracks, a replica of the Japanese 7″ single edit of “Am I Going Insane” and “Hole In The Sky”, in-depth liner notes from the band and members of the media, rare photos, press clippings, a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica concert book, and a “Sabotage” 1975 tour poster. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s the track listing::

Disc One: Original Album Remastered:

01. “Hole In The Sky”
02. “Don’t Start (Too Late)”
03. “Symptom Of The Universe”
04. “Megalomania”
05. “Thrill Of It All”
06. “Supertzar”
07. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)”
08. “The Writ”

Disc Two: North American Tour Live ’75:

01. “Supertzar“/”Killing Yourself To Live” (previously unreleased)
02. “Hole In The Sky”
03. “Snowblind” (previously unreleased)
04. “Symptom Of The Universe”
05. “War Pigs” (previously unreleased)
06. “Megalomania”
07. “Sabbra Cadabra” (previously unreleased)
08. “Jam 1 including guitar solo” (previously unreleased)
09. “Jam 2 including drum solo” (previously unreleased)
10. “Supernaut” (previously unreleased)
11. “Iron Man” (previously unreleased)

Disc Three: North American Tour Live ’75:

01. “Guitar Solo” (including excerpts of “Orchid” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor“) (previously unreleased)
02. “Black Sabbath” (previously unreleased)
03. “Spiral Architect” (previously unreleased)
04. “Embryo” / “Children Of The Grave” (previously unreleased)
05. “Paranoid” (previously unreleased)

Disc Four / 7″:

01. “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” (Single Edit)
02. “Hole In The Sky”

A remastered version of “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” can be streamed below:

Original Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Is Working On Autobiography

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has revealed that he is currently working on an autobiography. However, the release date is still pending.

Ward said the following about the book on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”:

“It’s not [going to be], like, ‘In 1968 we became famous, and then we did this and then we did that.’ In the book, I’m trying to be as careful about what I’m saying in order not to harm anybody — either the reader or anybody else that I’ve ever made contact with in my life. And right in the front of the book, there’s a great big notice to self, which is do not discriminate or do not say undignified things about your fellows or anything else. So it’s not gonna be a dirt book that puts me right down way below everything else, where the publishers — or some publishers — like it to be. I’m trying to write something that’s dignified.”

He continued:

“There are [things in the book that are] more pinpointed rather than all the other things about rock and roll — things that are, to me, distasteful now. I have grandchildren, so I’m writing it, more or less, for the grandchildren, so they can understand that I worked with some great men, some great players, some great musicians — I’ve worked with so many good musicians. And so far, I still continue to do that. So I hope it’ll be a book about being honorable and being worthwhile to other musicians and to interested readers.”

Ward added that he has also completed work another book, which already has a publisher. On top of that, the drummer is also “writing two or three other books”:

“I write all the time. Some of them are very personalized things. Some of them are sarcastic looks at life.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Bill Ward Admits That He Wouldn’t “Have The Chops” To Perform With Black Sabbath Again

During a recent interview on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward admitted that he wouldn’t “have the chops” required to tour with the band again. However, he went on to say that he would still be open to recording a new album with the group.

Ward said the following:

“Well, I’m not done with Black Sabbath‘s legacy. [Laughs] I haven’t been done. I was made done, but I’m not done. So, the others might be done, but I’m not. But being realistic about that, as far as touring with Black Sabbath, I don’t have the chops, and I don’t have the ability to drive a band like that on stage. I have to be back to 60 years old to be able to do that.”

“I would love to do a studio album with Sabbath, with all the original members. I’m just saying that — I’m just floating that out there. I haven’t talked to anybody about that or anything else. But I’m not done. So, the other three might be done, and I respect that, but no, I’m not done. I think as long as we all exist [laughs] and we’re still breathing in air, I think we have every possibility of making some great music together.”

He also reiterated that he would only want to work in the studio instead of playing shows:

“I’m being honest. I’ll be 73 next birthday [in May], and I know what kind of energy it takes to drive that band.”

Ward’s comments come after members of Black Sabbath previously claimed that he was not physically fit enough to rejoin the band. However, he later denied those allegations and said that his absence from the group was related to an “unsignable” contract.

[via Blabbermouth]

Tony Iommi Says “There Was Talk Of” A Black Sabbath Biopic

During a recent interview with SPIN, Tony Iommi was asked about the possibility of a Black Sabbath biopic. The guitarist responded with the following:

“Yes, there was talk of it, and I don’t know what happened. It sort of went out the window when all this thing [COVID-19] started. But we were talking about probably 18 months ago, about doing the biopic. I haven’t heard much else.”

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Says He Is “Not At All Happy” About The Unauthorized Release Of “Slapback”

As previously reported, Gary Rees, the stepson of late Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, recently shared a previously unreleased track, titled “Slapback,” from Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio-era. Now, during an interview on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” guitarist Tony Iommi commented on the song and said that he is “not at all happy” about its release.

Iommi said the following:

“I’m not at all happy with [Nicholls’s estate releasing the song] — at all. And it’s left a really bad taste in my mouth. At that point, when we did that, Geoff wasn’t even involved in the band; I hadn’t even got Geoff over at that time. That is actually Ronnie playing bass on that… And that was just in the lounge recorded on a cassette.”

He continued when asked why “Slapback” was never released before:

“We had one or two things that we’d jam around on and play on and stuff, but it [wasn’t] right for the album, so we didn’t put it into shape; we didn’t record it [properly] or anything.”

This news comes after Geezer Butler recently claimed that he played bass on the track.

[via Blabbermouth]

Tony Iommi On The Possibility Of A Black Sabbath Reunion: “I Would Like To Play With The Guys Again. But I Can’t See That Happening”

During an interview with The Mercury News, Tony Iommi was asked about the possibility of a Black Sabbath reunion once again. The guitarist responded by saying that he “would like to play with the guys again. But [he] can’t see that happening.”

Iommi said the following when asked about the possibility of another Black Sabbath tour:

“(Laughs) I wouldn’t think so. But it’s a strange thing with Sabbath — how many times we thought we were with Ozzy, then we had Dio, then back to Ozzy, then Dio again, and then Ian Gillan and Tony Martin and Dio and back to Tony Martin. It’s gone backwards and forwards at different stages. So, you just never know.

I think it’s highly unlikely that we’d get back onstage again. It certainly wouldn’t be touring. We’d only do so many shows, if anything.

I would like to play with the guys again. But I can’t see that happening.

The reason we stopped touring in the first place was basically my fault, because I had to be careful of my health. When you book a tour — and it’s always an 18-month tour — it doesn’t sound a lot when you talk about it at first. But when you get out there, and you are touring, it’s bloody hard work.

And it wasn’t particularly good for my health, because of the blood cancer. So, I said, ‘Look, you know, this should the last tour, I think.’

But I really do miss it. I really miss playing onstage. I miss seeing the audience.”

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Geezer Butler Confirms That “Slapback” Is A Previously Unreleased Black Sabbath Song

As previously reported, Gary Rees, the stepson of late Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, recently shared what was believed to be a previously unreleased track, titled “Slapback,” from Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio-era. Now, during an interview on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Geezer Butler confirmed that the song was recorded by the band:

“Yeah, that was one of the songs that we did before I left. It’s probably the reason I did leave [Laughs]. It was just one of those songs that didn’t make the grade.”

He also added the following when asked if he played bass on the track:

“Yeah, that was right before I left. It was just a one-off thing. We just jammed it and didn’t think anything more of it. It didn’t really work.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Claims He Was Using The Devil Horns Hand Gesture Years Before Ronnie James Dio

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler claimed that he used the devil horns hand gesture years before his late bandmate Ronnie James Dio. The bassist says he has photos of himself using the symbol in 1971 and that he “always used to do it in the breakdown in the song ‘Black Sabbath’.”

Butler said the following:

“I’ve been doing that sign since — I’ve got pictures of me doing it since 1971. And I always used to do it in the breakdown in the song ‘Black Sabbath’ — just before it goes into the fast part at the end, I’d do that sign to the audience. And on the first couple of ‘Heaven And Hell’ tour shows, Ronnie was saying, ‘When I’m going on stage, everybody is doing the peace sign to me, and that’s an Ozzy thing. I feel like I should be doing something back to them.’ He says, ‘What’s that sign that you do in ‘Black Sabbath’?’ And I showed him the devil horns sign. And he started doing it from there and made it famous.”

He continued when aked why he never publicly took credit for the devil horns before:

“I didn’t really think much of it. As I say, I’ve got pictures of me doing it in 1971. And it was just an alternative to Ozzy’s peace signs, I was doing it. And if you look at the ‘Yellow Submarine’ album cover [from THE BEATLES], John Lennon’s cartoon character is doing it, in 1966 or whatever it was. So it’s an old sign. I was just doing it ’cause [English occultist] Aleister Crowley used to do it.”

Butler also claimed that Dio took other things from him:

“There’s a lot of things that he nicked off me that he claimed that he was the originator. But he made it famous, so I didn’t care. The [DIO] album title ‘Sacred Heart’; that’s where I used to go to school. And he called one of his songs ‘One Foot In The Grave’. I jokingly said, ‘We should call the album ‘One Foot In The Grave’.’ And then when he left [SABBATH], he called one of his songs that. He was very naughty about things like that. And when I did an autograph, I’d write ‘Magic’. So Ronnie started writing ‘Magic’ as well. In fact, he called his [DIO] album ‘Magica’. He was very naughty about things like that.”

He added the following when asked if he ever confronted Dio:

“Nah. Only about the devil horn sign.”

UPDATE: Butler has since clarified his comments on Twitter:

[via Blabbermouth]

Previously Unreleased Track From Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio-Era Appears To Have Surfaced Online

Gary Rees, the stepson of late Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, has shared what appears to be a previously unreleased track from Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio-era. Rees said the following about that:

“This latest upload from the Geoff Nicholls estate I believe is called Slapback from the scrawling on the cassette and the chorus. This is from the same cassette as the Heaven & Hell upload on this channel. It doesn’t sound like a typical Sabbath song if it is them but it does sound like Ronnie James Dio. It must be a cover, any clues? I have no idea about anything I wasn’t there. Everything is speculation. Great tune by the way. Is it Ronnie on bass or ‘a friend from Birmingham’?.”

[via Blabbermouth]