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.”

Ozzy Osbourne Says His New Album Will Feature Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck, And Eric Clapton

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed more of the special guests that will appear on his upcoming album. Among them will be his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi, his guitarist Zakk Wylde, who previously said he wasn’t going to appear on the effort, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton.

Osbourne said the following during a recent episode of “Ozzy Speaks” on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard:

“On this new album, I’m working with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi and Zakk [Wylde].”

He continued when asked what it’s like collaborating with other artists:

“You just write the song and you just ask them to sing [or play] what you [give them]. The good thing is it’s interesting to work with somebody else. But the bad thing is if it don’t work, you can’t [just let it go] ’cause they’ll get all pissed off”

He also added the following when asked if a guest ever turned in something that he didn’t like:

“No. Eric Clapton, on this new record, one of the lyrics was about Jesus, and he wasn’t sure about that. But it was all right in the end… [The solo he did] is very good.”

This news comes after producer Andrew Watt previously said that the record will also feature contributions from Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

[via Blabbermouth]

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:

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

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

During a recent interview with News.in-24, 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.”

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) To Release “Manipulations Of The Mind – The Complete Collection” Box Set

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler will be releasing a new box set, titled “Manipulations Of The Mind – The Complete Collection,“ on July 30. The set will come with his three solo albums, “Plastic Planet,” “Black Science,” and “Ohmwork,” as well as a bonus disc featuring “rare material.” A new greatest hits compilation, titled “The Very Best Of Geezer Butler,” will also be released on the same day.

“Manipulations Of The Mind – The Complete Collection” Track Listing:

CD 1 – “Plastic Planet”:

01. “Catatonic Eclipse”
02. “Drive Boy, Shooting”
03. “Giving Up The Ghost”
04. “Plastic Planet”
05. “The Invisible”
06. “Séance Fiction”
07. “House Of Clouds”
08. “Detective 27”
09. “X13”
10. “Sci-Clone”
11. “Cycle Of Sixty”

CD 2 – “Black Science”:

01. “Man In A Suitcase”
02. “Box Of Six”
03. “Mysterons”
04. “Justified”
05. “Department S”
06. “Area Code 51”
07. “Has To Be”
08. “Number 5”
09. “Among The Cybermen”
10. “Unspeakable Elvis”
11. “Xodiak”
12. “Northern Wisdom”
13. “Trinity Road”

CD 3 – “Ohmwork”:

01. “Misfit”
02. “Pardon My Depression”
03. “Prisoner 103”
04. “I Believe”
05. “Aural Sects”
06. “Pseudocide”
07. “Pull The String”
08. “Alone”
09. “Dogs Of Whore”
10. “Don’t You Know”

CD 4 – Bonus:

01. “Pseudocide” (No Intro)
02. “Prisoner 103” (Demo)
03. “The Invisible” (Instrumental)
04. “Area Code 51” (Demo)
05. “Cycle Of Sixty” (Radio Mix)
06. “X13” (Radio Mix)
07. “Northern Wisdom” (Demo)
08. “Beach Skeleton” (Japanese Version)
09. “Pardon My Depression’ (Alt Take)
10. “Misfit” (Rough Mix)
11. “I Believe” (Demo)
12. “Four Feathers Fall” (Demo)
13. “Drive Boy, Shooting” (Live)
14. “Detective 27” (Live)
15. “House Of Clouds” (Live)

“The Very Best Of Geezer Butler” Track Listing:

01. “Drive Boy, Shooting”
02. “Man In A Suitcase”
03. “Misfit”
04. “The Invisible”
05. “Box Of Six”
06. “Pardon My Depression”
07. “House Of Cards”
08. “Mysterons”
09. “Aural Sects”
10. “Detective 27”
11. “Number 5”
12. “I Believe”
13. “Catatonic Eclipse”
14. “Among The Cybermen”
15. “Prisoner 103”
16. “Plastic Planet”
17. “Area Code 51”

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, Judas Priest, Etc. Donate Items For “#ILoveMetal” Charity Raffle

A new “#ILoveMetal” charity raffle has been launched in an effort to raise money for Stagehand, a charity that benefits stage and road crew workers. Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motörhead, My Dying Bride, Nuclear Blast Records, and more have donated bundles for the raffle. Each prize has a different drawing and you can enter by donating HERE.

The following was said about the initiative:

“UK Metal Merger is raising money for stage crew charity Stagehand’s #ILoveLive campaign, which is providing financial help for all UK stage crew who are in the greatest need. Stage crew seem to be the forgotten ones in the current pandemic. They’re the unsung heroes of the live entertainment world. Without them shows just couldn’t happen.

The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for the whole music industry but particularly for the stage techs, sound engineers, guitar techs, keyboard techs, drum techs, stage managers, production managers, tour managers and other live support personnel who make shows possible.

With no shows since March 2020, crew’s income has been slashed with many finding that they are ineligible for any kind of government financial aid. Many are in desperate need and most are sitting with mental health issues.”

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.