Bill Ward On His Absence From Black Sabbath’s Final Tour: “What They Believe Is Quite Opposite From My Experience”

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi recently discussed former drummer Bill Ward‘s absence from the band’s tour during a Q&A in London, England, and said that it was “too risky” to take Ward out, due to his health, and that the drummer probably didn’t “realize how hard it would have been on him.” Now, Ward, who previously claimed his absence was due to a bad contract, has fired back with the beloe Facebook post:

New Trailer Posted For Black Sabbath’s “The End Of The End” Live Film/Documentary

Black Sabbath have posted a new trailer for their new live film/documentary “The End Of The End.” That movie will hit select theaters on September 28, and it will feature their final show, which took place February 4, 2017 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK, and more.

New Trailer Posted For Black Sabbath’s “The End Of The End” Live Film/Documentary

Black Sabbath have posted a trailer for their new live film/documentary “The End Of The End.” That movie will hit select theaters on September 28, and it will feature their final show, which took place February 4, 2017 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK, and more.

Black Sabbath’s “The End Of The End” Live Film/Documentary To Hit Theaters In September

Black Sabbath have announced that their new live film/documentary “The End Of The End” will hit theaters on September 28. That movie features their final show, which took place February 4, 2017 at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK, and more. More information regarding screenings will be available at blacksabbathfilmtickets.com.


Here’s an official description:

“‘The End Of The End‘ chronicles the final tour from the band who forged the sound of metal – Black Sabbath. On 4th February, 2017, the band took to the stage in Birmingham, the city where it all began, to play the 81st and final gig of the end tour – bringing down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.

The sold out show marked the culmination of a tour that had seen them play to well over a million fans in arenas across the globe. Since their beginnings in 1968, they created a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, going on to influence bands all over the world – an influence which is still felt to this day.

‘The End Of The End‘ is the story of that final, emotionally-charged concert. fans are taken into the heart of the action, up close and personal with the band on stage as they perform genre-defining hits, from ‘Iron Man‘ to ‘Paranoid‘ to ‘War Pigs‘, amongst others. Sabbath also took the opportunity to spend some time in the studio, delivering a unique performance of some of their favourite songs not played on the tour. This film gives fans an intimate glimpse into the band’s relationships and their banter with each other, with both individual and group recollections from Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.

The band’s loyal following spans generations and this is the opportunity for fans, young and old, to come together and see the boys from Birmingham doing what they do best, almost 50 years after they started. This is the final word from the greatest metal band of all time.”

Black Sabbath To Release “The Ten Year War” Limited Edition Box Set

Black Sabbath have announced that they will be releasing a limited edition box set called “The Ten Year War” on September 29. That release will come the band’s first eight studio albums on vinyl, rarities, and more.

Here’s a list of items included in the set:

“Box set cover art has been created by globally renowned street artist Shepard Fairey

The Limited Edition Box Set Includes:
8 x vinyl LPs meticulously reproduced in their original sleeves, re-mastered by renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 gram splatter-coloured vinyl, each LP with unique and individual colouring.

• Black Sabbath
• Paranoid
• Master Of Reality (including original fold-out colour poster)
• Vol. 4
• Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
• Sabotage
• Technical Ecstasy
• Never Say Die!

2 x rare 7” singles, reproduced in their original sleeves:
Japanese version of Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me)/Black Sabbath.
Chilean version of Paranoid/The Wizard (only 100 copies of the original radio promo were pressed).

Crucifix shaped Black Sabbath USB stick, exclusive to this box set, which can be worn round the neck and contains MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The extremely rare The Ten Year War brochure, reproduced from the original publication.

Hardback book, featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty, coupled with official and candid iconic photography of the band during their 1970s tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots.

Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978 Official Programme, impeccably reproduced.

Reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.

All box sets are individually numbered.”

Black Sabbath To Be Preseneted With The “Golden God” Award At Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods Awards

Metal Hammer have announced that Black Sabbath are set to be honored with the 2017 “Golden God” award at the upcoming Golden Gods Awards ceremony. Tony Iommi will accept the award at the event, which is set to to take place at the Indigo at the O2 in London, England on June 12.

Geezer Butler commented:

“Thank you for this award. It’s good to know that after almost 50 years Sabbath is still relevant, and has its importance in the history of music. I want to thank our fans who have been with us along the way, without them there would be no Sabbath.”

Metal Hammer editor Merlin Alderslade added:

“Black Sabbath are, quite simply, the Ground Zero for metal. Without them, heavy music wouldn’t exist as we know and love it today, and it only seems right that in a year where we’re celebrating the power of our scene, we acknowledge the influence of the Mac Daddies themselves.”

Head HERE to see a list of bands set to perform at the Golden Gods Awards.

Tony Iommi Mixing Black Sabbath’s Final Shows For Possible Live Album & Documentary

It looks like Black Sabbath may be releasing a new live album featuring their final shows along with a new documentary. Tony Iommi, who is currently mixing that material, told nbcnews.com the following when asked about it:

“We’ll actually be doing a documentary. My job at the moment is to have a listen to what we’ve done.”

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