Black Sabbath Bench Unveiled In Birmingham

Black Sabbath were honored with a special bench in Birmingham, England yesterday (February 9). Tony Iommi was present for the event, which was organized by the Westside Business Improvement District. The bench is handmade with stainless steel and it was forged by Gateway Steel Fabrications. It also features pictures of all four original members with the phrase “Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968.” Furthermore, Bill Ward also received a star on the city’s Walk Of Stars, making him the final one of the four to get one. All four stars, plus an additional star for the band itself, will be realigned in front of the bench in the shape of a cross.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Ozzy Osbourne’s Son Says The Singer Is “Doing Much Better” Following Hospitalization

As previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne has been hospitalized due to complications related to the flu. His son Jack has since offered a brief update saying his father is “doing much better.” In related news, Osbourne’s Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi has also wished the singer a “speedy recovery.” You can see both their posts below:

Watch Foo Fighters Perform With Tom Morello, Perry Farrell, Etc. In Atlanta, GA

During Foo Fighters’ special “Super Saturday Night” show in Atlanta, GA last night (February 2), the band were joined onstage by a number of guests including Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.), Roger Taylor (Queen), Zac Brown and Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction). You can see footage of the group performing Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs“ with Morello and Brown, Jane’s Addiction‘s “Mountain Song“ with Farrell, Morello, and Brown, and Queen/David Bowie’s “Under Pressure“ with Taylor below:

Candlemass Premiere New Video For “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” Feat. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

Candlemass have premiered a new video for their song “Astorolus – The Great Octopus.” This track features Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and it will appear on the band’s new album “The Door To Doom“ (out February 22).

Bassist Leif Edling commented:

“Here’s the video for ‘Astorolus‘. Monsters and Gods come in different shapes. The eternal wheel of birth and death portrayed in a cool video and great song. Talking about gods, the master himself, Tony Iommi is playing the solo here (part 1+2 out of 3). Immense feeling, wonderful tome, so much presence!

Just incredible! Hats off to him for helping us out. A dream coming true! Looking forward to play it live on the tour with Ghost. We’re rehearsing it right now. New stuff and the old classics. Can’t wait to go out on this tour. Johan is back singing, “The Door to Doom” is getting brilliant reviews, the band is in great form… Will be a blast!”

Listen To Weezer’s Cover Of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”

Weezer have surprise released a new self-titled covers album (aka “The Teal Album”). Among the tracks featured on the effort is a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid.” You can check that out below, along with a stream of the full album, which also includes songs from Michael Jackson, Eurythmics, etc.

Watch Soundgarden, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Etc. Perform At Chris Cornell Tribute Show

Last night (January 16), numerous artists took the stage at The Forum in Inglewood, CA to pay tribute to the late Chris Cornell. That show was called “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” and it featured Cornell’s Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple Of The Dog bandmates, as well as Metallica, Foo Fighters, Melvins, Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile, Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age), Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless), Chris Stapleton, Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Ryan Adams, and more. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event with special guests and footage from it can be found below, along with the setlist. Proceeds went towards the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation.

Setlist:

The Melvins

01. Kicking Machine
02. With Your Heart
03. Not Your Hands
04. Leech
05. Heart Of Honey
06. Spoonman

Rita Wilson

01. The Promise

Nikka Costa and Alain Johannes

01. Disappearing One

Chris Stapleton

01. The Keeper

Foo Fighters

01. No Attention
02. Earache My Eye
03. Girl You Want
04. Everlong (Acoustic)

Josh Homme

01. Rusty Cage

Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Stone Gossard

01. Seasons

Miley Cyrus

01. Two Drink Minimum

Audioslave (Tom Morello and Brad Wilk)

01. Cochise (with Geezer Butler and Perry Farrell)
02. Be Yourself (with Geezer Butler and Juliette Lewis)
03. Set It Off (with Chris Chaney, Sam Harris and Tim Mcllrath)
04. Like A Stone (with Chris Chaney and Brandi Carlile)
05. Show Me How To Live (with Robert Trujillo and Dave Grohl)

Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley

01. Redemption Song

Metallica

01. All Your Lies
02. For Whom The Bell Tolls
03. Master of Puppets
04. Head Injury

Ryan Adams (Daphne Chen, Richard Dodd, Eric Gorfain, Leah Katz, and Don Was)

01. Dead Wishes
02. Fell On Black Days

Temple Of The Dog

01. Preaching The End Of The World (Nikka Costa, Alain Johannes, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien, and Josh Taylor)
02. Can’t Change Me (Nikka Costa, Alain Johannes, Stone Gossard, Eric Avery, and Josh Freese)
03. Hunted Down (William DuVall, Jerry Cantrell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Josh Freese)
04. All Night Thing (Fiona Apple, Brendan O’Brien, David Garza, Jeff Ament, and Matt Chamberlain)
05. Reach Down (Miguel, Nikka Costa, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron)
06. Say Hello 2 Heaven (Miley Cyrus, Brendan O’Brien, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Josh Freese)
07. Hunger Strike (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron)

Soundgarden

01. Rusty Cage (with Taylor Momsen)
02. Flower (with Marcus Durant)
03. Outshined (with Marcus Durant and Stone Gossard)
04. Drawing Flies (with Taylor Momsen, Buzz Osbourne, Matt Demeritt, and Tracy Wanamae)
05. Loud Love (with Taylor Momsen, Tom Morello, and Wayne Kramer)
06. I Awake (with Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osbourne)
07. The Day I Tried To Live (with Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osbourne)
08. Black Hole Sun (with Brandi Carlile, Peter Frampton, Tim Hanseroth, and Phil Hanseroth)

[via Blabbermouth]

Candlemass Release New Song “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” Feat. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

Candlemass have released a new song titled “Astorolus – The Great Octopus.” This track features the legendary Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and it will appear on the band’s new album “The Door To Doom“ (out February 22).

Leif Edling commented:

“We feel very honored that Tony Iommi said yes to play the solo on ‘Astorolus‘. The song was sent to the management and amazingly enough, the master agreed to let his mighty SG sing on the track! For me personally, this is a dream come true.

Tony Iommi has always been my hero and guiding light when it comes to heavy music, so to hear that he likes the song and also would like to play on it gave me chills down the spine! I’m still in shock! But kudos to him to be so cool to even listen to it. Hats off! Tony Iommi is and will always be God!”

Iommi added:

“Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I’d contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought, ‘Why not?’”