Black Sabbath Team Up With Puck Hcky For New Merch Collection

Black Sabbath have teamed up with hockey-themed brand Puck Hcky for a new merch collection. You can see what they have to offer HERE. Matt Marini, CEO of Puck Hcky, said the following about the collaboration:

“WOW! We here at Puck Hcky cannot be more proud, honored and excited to release this collaboration with the legendary Black Sabbath. The impact Black Sabbath has had (and continues to have!) on the music world cannot be understated, and all of us at Puck Hcky fully realize just how special it is to be able to drop this collection! We hope that the legions of Black Sabbath fans around the world find this collection truly special and enjoy wearing it as much as we do! Again…all we can say is WOW!”

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Planning To Release Autobiography In Early 2023

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,”, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler offered an update on his autobiography. The effort is currently expected to be released in early 2023.

Butler said the following:

“[It’s] finished. I sent the manuscript in three weeks ago, so now I’m just waiting for the edited version to come back so I can go nuts.”

He continued:

“The trouble is ever since I sent in the manuscript I thought about seven things I’ve left out. So I’m gonna probably drive them nuts now.”

Butler also added the following about release plans:

“I think it’s looking like the beginning of next year now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Apocalyptica Premiere New Video For “I’ll Get Through It” Featuring Franky Perez (Ex-Scars On Broadway) & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

Apocalyptica have premiered a new video for their latest single “I’ll Get Through It.” That track features the band’s previous touring vocalist Franky Perez (ex-Scars On Broadway) and Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler. Apocalyptica commented:

“The video for our new song “I’ll Get Through It” is finally here! It was so awesome to get to collaborate on this song with our friend and touring singer Franky Perez and legendary bassist Geezer Butler. It was quite a challenge to make this happen but seeing the final result is really amazing! Thanks to William and everyone involved!”

Black Sabbath Bassist Geezer Butler Finishes First Draft Of His Upcoming Autobiography

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler has officially finished the first draft of his upcoming autobiography. The bassist tweeted the following about that:

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) & Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) To Guest On New Ozzy Osbourne Album

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) are set to appear on Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming album. They join previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Andrew Watt (Post Malone, Miley Cyrus), and the late Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters).

Smith said the following about the record during an appearance on Chris Jericho‘s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast:

“We made another [Ozzy album], and it’s getting mastered tomorrow. We’ve got Robert Trujillo playing on some songs, who’s been in Ozzy‘s band. Duff‘s on a couple again. Me and Andrew are doing it.

Tony Iommi and Ozzy have never collaborated outside of Black Sabbath. Tony sent us a bunch of riffs and we took what we thought was the best of ’em, which was fucking great. So Andy‘s on the bass doing fucking great — the bass on the song is amazing. And Tony sent us the riffs — files; he’s in England — and we played to it. It’s fucking got everything. It’s got all the stuff that you would want. Ozzy loves it. And so he’s on that track.

Then Eric Clapton plays a fucking wah-wah Cream-type solo. We’re, like, ‘Eric, can you solo on this song? Wah-wah, please. Eric, what do you think about this, with the wah-wah?’ Because that’s his fucking thing. And so he’s soloing all over this other track.

Then Jeff Beck is on two songs. We tried to get Jimmy Page, we tried to get the holy trinity, but I don’t think Page plays anymore too much, unfortunately. But Mike McCready‘s on a track. Josh Homme, my neighbor from Queens, solos on a track. And then Zakk Wylde is on the record as well, all over it. So it’s like if you’re a guitar player, [it’s] pretty fucking good.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Puddle Of Mudd Cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” At Honeymoon Rock Fest

During their March 18 set at the Honeymoon Rock Fest in Oklahoma City, OK, Puddle Of Mudd performed a live cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” You can find some fan-filmed footage of that below:

Watch Robb Flynn (Machine Head) And Craig Locicero (Forbidden) Perform With Black Sabbath Tribute Band Back Stabbath

On March 19, Robb Flynn (Machine Head) and Craig Locicero (Forbidden) performed with the Black Sabbath tribute band Back Stabbath at the Elbo Room Jack London in Oakland, CA. You can find some fan-filmed footage from that show below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Apocalyptica Premiere New Song “I’ll Get Through It” Featuring Franky Perez (Ex-Scars On Broadway) & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

Apocalyptica have joined forces with Franky Perez (ex-Scars On Broadway) and Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) for a new song titled “I’ll Get Through It.” You can check out that track below:

Butler commented:

“Franky and I were visiting my friend, Diane Warren, at her studio. She played us this song, saying that she thought it would work well with Franky’s voice. He gave it a try on the spot. We loved it. Franky then suggested sending it to Apocalyptica. They loved it, and the rest is history.”

Perez continued

“I knew this song was special from the moment Diane Warren played it for Geezer and me. So much so, that I framed the lyrics from the session the very next day. They have been hanging on my wall ever since. This song speaks to me lyrically which made for an honest performance. Musically, there is no better collaboration than Geezer and Apocalyptica to do the song the justice it deserves. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it.”

Apocalyptica’s Perttu Kivilaakso added:

“We are more than thrilled working with our great and talented friend Franky Perez again! It’s been a while since our previous collaborations in ‘Shadowmaker’ album and tour, and we are also highly awaiting for getting back on road with him this April all across the States!

‘I’ll Get Through It’ is a meaningful and beautiful song by an incredible songwriter Diane Warren, with whom we’ve also had the pleasure of working with before. We can’t wait for you to hear the final result… falling in love again with Franky’s sensual performance, Geezer’s earthshakingly powerful bass, and our wistfully haunting cellos, among the inevitable presence of all the rhythms and groove!

We hope you’ll enjoy the track as much as we do! Gonna be a blast performing it also live!”

Tony Iommi On Possible Black Sabbath Reunion: “I Wouldn’t Wanna Do 18-Month Tours Again. But That Doesn’t Say We Wouldn’t Do Any One-off Stuff”

During a recent interview with Liz Barnes of Planet Rock‘s “My Planet Rocks,” Tony Iommi was asked about a possible Black Sabbath reunion. The guitarist responded by saying that he would still be open to doing some one-off shows.

Iommi said the following:

“You can never say never, can you? We’ve known in this band you can never say, ‘That’s never gonna happen again,’ because every time we said that, it has. We never thought we’d get back with Ozzy [Osbourne after] the early years. We never thought we’d get back with [Ronnie James] Dio again; we did. We never thought we’d have Ian Gillan in the band, but we did. So you just can’t say it’s never gonna happen.”

“[The final tour] was emotional, the last year, because we’d done it so long together, and it just felt pretty weird, really. It was basically my fault to end it because of the touring.

The problem is in a band of this size, you can’t just go and go a week of gigs; you’ve gotta do a world tour of 18 months. And when you do that, you have to take that on. When you first mention it, about going out on tour, ‘Yeah. Brilliant. 18-month tour. Fantastic.’ But when you get into a year of it, you get tired. But you have to take it on that long ’cause you’ve got all the crew to keep alive. Everybody’s got a job, so you can’t do one week and then have a month off and do another week, ’cause you won’t get the crew; they wanna have a job. So we’ve done it for that long — we’ve done a world tour and a world tour again. And then it was getting sort of tiring. Even though we had our own plane and we [stayed] in the best hotels — everything was perfect — but you still get tired. We’d have a base in New York when we play in that area, so we’d have the plane there fly in. So you get in at three o’clock in the morning and then try to get to bed and sleep. So it was a regular thing like this. We tried to make it as comfortable as possible. It couldn’t get any easier or [more] comfortable, but it still was tiring. And the late nights and stuff. So, when I was talking to my doctors, they said, ‘You shouldn’t really be doing it to that extent, flying,’ ’cause I’ve got blood cancer. It wasn’t good for me to be doing that much flying. I talked to the guys and I said, ‘It’s probably the time to call it a day now, sort of thing, for now’ of that extensive touring. So that’s really what we did. But the stipulation was we had to end up in Birmingham ’cause that’s where we started.”

He also added that he would still be open to one-off shows:

“We haven’t stopped it. It’s just the major touring that has come to a stop; I wouldn’t wanna do 18-month tours again. But that doesn’t say we wouldn’t do any one-off stuff.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Tony Iommi Releases New Song And Fragrance “Scent Of The Dark”, Confirms He Wrote A Song On Ozzy Osbourne’s New Album

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has released a new song titled “Scent Of The Dark.“ The track, which features guitarist Sergio Momo, bassist Jimmy Crutchley, drummer Ash Sheehan, celloist Rebecca Rose, and violinist Julianne Bourne, can be found below. Notably, Iommi has also teamed up with Xerjoff and Sergio Momo for a new “Scent Of The Dark” fragrance as well.

Iommi told Rolling Stone the following about the new song:

“I’ve recorded a lot of riffs and tracks [in recent years] with Mike Exeter. And with this one, I couldn’t imagine who would sing on it; it just seemed ideal to put it down as an instrumental. I’ve had the main part for a while, and I just added some new parts to it. Then I added these other gloomier riffs to make it blend in with this perfume idea. I really liked the idea of using some violins and cellos and stuff, and so we did on this track.”

On another note, Iommi also confirmed that he wrote a new song for his Black Sabbath bandmate Ozzy Osbourne:

“As you’ve probably read, I worked with Ozzy for his album. I wrote the whole track and played on it and played the solo on it. It’s horrible, really. … No. I’m joking. No, it’s good. It’s really good. And I like what Ozzy sang on it. I think he did a really good job. And I think they had Chad [Smith] play drums on it. I’ve left it in their hands now.”