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.”

Black Sabbath To Release Super Deluxe Edition Of “Technical Ecstasy” In October

Black Sabbath will be releasing a super deluxe edition of their 1976 album “Technical Ecstasy” on October 1. The effort has been remastered and it also includes a new mix by Steven Wilson. The record will be available digitally and as 4-CD and 5-LP box sets. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“Technical Ecstasy” (Super Deluxe Edition) Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster):

01. “Back Street Kids”
02. “You Won’t Change Me”
03. “It’s Alright”
04. “Gypsy”
05. “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)”
06. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor”
07. “She’s Gone”
08. “Dirty Women”

Disc Two: New Steven Wilson Mix (previously unreleased):

01. “Back Street Kids”
02. “You Won’t Change”
03. “It’s Alright” (mono version)
04. “Gypsy”
05. “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)”
06. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor”
07. “She’s Gone”
08. “Dirty Women”

Disc Three: Outtakes & Alternative Mixes (previously unreleased):

01. “Back Street Kids” (alternative mix)
02. “You Won’t Change Me” (alternative mix)
03. “Gypsy” (alternative mix)
04. “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)” (alternative mix)
05. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor” (alternative mix)
06. “She’s Gone” (outtake version)
07. “Dirty Women” (alternative mix)
08. “She’s Gone” (instrumental mix)

Disc Four: Live World Tour 1976-77 (previously unreleased):

01. “Symptom Of The Universe”
02. “War Pigs”
03. “Gypsy”
04. “Black Sabbath”
05. “All Moving Parts (Stand Still)”
06. “Dirty Women”
07. “Drum Solo / Guitar Solo ”
08. “Electric Funeral”
09. “Snowblind”
10. “Children Of The Grave”

You can listen to remastered versions of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor,” It’s Alright,” “Dirty Women,” and “Back Street Kids” below:

Tony Iommi Is “Thinking Of Remixing” Black Sabbath’s “Born Again”

During a recent interview with, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi revealed that he is thinking about remixing the group’s 1983 album “Born Again.” The guitarist said the following about that, while discussing plans to publish material from all eras of the band:

“There should be a box set from the Tony Martin era (1987-1991, then 1994-1996). I’m also thinking of remixing the album “Born Again”, the one with Ian Gillan, now that we have found the original tapes.”

Black Sabbath Launch Virtual “Sabotage Deluxe Edition: Escape Room”

To celebrate the release of the new super deluxe edition of Black Sabbath’s “Sabotage,“ BMG have launched an official “Sabotage Deluxe Edition: Escape Room.” The virtual escape room was created in collaboration with Bewilder Box Ltd. and fans that try it out will be tasked with the following:

“Your mission is to recover a copy of the coveted ‘Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition’. Travel back in time to the 1970s and make your way through 15 minutes of mind-boggling SABBATH-themed puzzles, where only those with sharpest of wits and heaviest riffs will succeed. Plug in your Gibson SG, turn your brain up to 11 and see if you’ve got what it takes to be The Prince of Smartness in the ‘Sabotage Deluxe Edition: Escape Room’.”

Black Sabbath Stream Remastered Version Of “Hole In The Sky”

Black Sabbath are streaming a remastered version of their song “Hole In The Sky.” This track is from the super deluxe edition of “Sabotage,“ which will be released on June 11. More details on that effort can be found HERE.

Black Sabbath Stream Remastered Version Of “Symptom Of The Universe”

Black Sabbath are streaming a remastered version of their song “Symptom Of The Universe.” This track is from the super deluxe edition of “Sabotage,“ which will be released on June 11. More details on that effort can be found HERE.

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]