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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Tony Iommi On Black Sabbath Following Their Final Tour: “I’m Sure We Might Do A One-Off Show Somewhere”

Black Sabbath just wrapped up their final tour, but it may not actually be the end for the band. Tony Iommi was recently interviewed by Planet Rock and said that he wouldn’t rule out one-off shows or maybe even future recordings,

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Iommi on touring:

“I’m going to miss playing on stage because that has been my whole life, the band and playing on stage. I like [playing on stage] and I’m sure it’s not going to end like that; I’m sure we might do a one-off show somewhere.

“It’s just the touring for me — it’s time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit… I’m still going to write and put stuff out.”

On if Black Sabbath is done recording:

“No, I don’t think we’ve ruled anything out apart from me not wanting to tour any more on that scale, but who knows, we may do something. We haven’t spoken about it. That’s another thing — we haven’t talked about anything, really, that’s to do with what’s going to happen afterwards. But I’m sure something can happen somewhere.”

He also added:

“It’s nice just to take some time off and really think about it. I’ve been offered quite a lot of stuff at the moment. It’s quite exciting. There are lots of different things coming in, things I would never have thought, to be honest. It’s all there and needs some thought. I don’t want to rush into anything.”

“Thing is, when you’re touring, you’ve got to go out for six, eight, twelve months or whatever and you’ve got a schedule that you have to do. Now… if I want to do some TV for a month, I can do that.”

[quotes transcribed by Blabbermouth]

Black Sabbath Wrap Up “The End” Tour In Birmingham, England

Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath have officially wrapped up their final tour with one last show at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England tonight (February 4). You can see some footage and the setlist from the concert below:



Setlist:

01. “Black Sabbath”
02. “Fairies Wear Boots”
03. “Under the Sun / Every Day Comes and Goes”
04. “After Forever”
05. “Into the Void”
06. “Snowblind”
07. “War Pigs”
08. “N.I.B.”
09. “Hand of Doom”
10. “Supernaut / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Megalomania” (medley)
11. “Rat Salad” (with Tommy Clufetos drum solo)
12. “Iron Man”
13. “Dirty Women”
14. “Children of the Grave”

Encore:

15. “Paranoid”

Ex-Black Sabbath Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls Passes Away

Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, who played with Black Sabbath from 1979-2004, has tragically passed away at the age of 68. His death came as a result of his battle with lung cancer.

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Tony Iommi said the following:

“I’m so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls. He’s been suffering for a while now with lung cancer and he lost his battle this morning. Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again.

Rest In Peace my dear friend.
Tony“

Ozzy Osbourne also commented:

“Geoff Nicholls was a great friend of mine for a long time. He will be greatly missed. I’m very saddened at the news.”

Geezer Butler added:

“Very sad to hear of old friend and Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls passing. RIP Geoff.”

The band’s former drummer Bill Ward posted a statement as well:

“My family and I are very sad to learn of Geoff’s passing. He was a caring, kind and loving man; a great musician, always supportive and generous with musical input. Our condolences to his family, his friends and fellow band mates. RIP Geoff. Thanks for all you gave us.
– Bill”

Black Sabbath’s “The Ultimate Collection” To Recieve North American Release In February

Black Sabbath previously released a new box set titled “The Ultimate Collection“ on November 18 in Europe. Now, that release is set to be released in North American On February 3.

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Track Listing:

01. Paranoid
02. Never Say Die
03. Iron Man
04. Black Sabbath
05. Children Of The Grave
06. Fairies Wear Boots
07. Changes
08. Rat Salad
09. Sweet Leaf
10. War Pigs
11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
12. Hole In The Sky
13. Symptom Of The Universe
14. Spiral Architect
15. Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor
16. Dirty Women
17. Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me
18. A Hard Road
19. Lord Of This World
20. Into The Void
21. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
22. Snowblind
23. Tomorrow’s Dream
24. The Wizard
25. N.I.B.
26. Electric Funeral
27. Embryo
28. Killing Yourself To Live
29. Am I Going Insane
30. Wicked World
31. It’s Alright