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Black Sabbath 3D Horror Maze attraction coming to Universal Studios Hollywood


The Black Sabbath 3D horror maze attraction will open at Universal Studios in Hollywood later this month.

As you walk through the maze you will come face to face with Lucifer and his bride, blood soaked dead bodies and bubbling pools of radioactive water.

Black Sabbath songs “Luke’s Wall,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs,” “Electric Funeral” and “Black Sabbath” will be heard throughout the maze.

The Black Sabbath 13 3D maze was created by John Murdy. “Very few bands can claim to have defined a genre of music but Black Sabbaths’ remarkable influence in the evolution of Heavy Metal will go down in history,” he said. “Tony Iommi’s dark, iconic riffs, Ozzy Osbourne’s haunting vocals and Geezer Butler’s foreboding lyrics provide the perfect soundtrack for ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and endless inspiration for our new haunted attraction ‘Black Sabbath 13 3D’.”

“We were all really excited when Universal Studios Hollywood approached us about doing a 3D ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze based on our music,” said Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne. “I’ve seen the drawings of what it will look like when it’s finished and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to walk through it on opening night in September.”

“Welcome to Black Sabbath: 13-3D, where you’ll begin your descent in a demon-filled cathedral and continue on through graveyards, madhouses, corpse-filled battlefields and a nuclear apocalypse with mutated beasts,” the Universal blurb reads.

The Black Sabbath attraction will open at Universal Studios in Hollywood on September 20.

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Paul Cashmere for Noise 11, 8 September 2013


Black Sabbath's USA tour is over!


Black Sabbath's North American tour is over with the last date at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 3 September 2013.
The guys posted this statement on their official Facebook page:

"Whew! That went by fast. It seems like we just started the tour and now it’s over. Thank you to everyone who came out to see us on our North American tour. The audience response every night was unbelievable for which we thank you. We’ll be touring through South America all of October and then we’ll finish 2013 in Europe in November and December. We love you all and keep listening to Black Sabbath!"

Now, get rest and relax, Tony and guys! The South American and European fans can't wait to see you!
Long live Black Sabbath!
Long live Mighty Tony! \\m//

You can see the photo albums of the American tour on our Facebook page Tony Iommi Fan-Tastic.

6 September 2013



Black Sabbath at Gorge Amphitheater in Quincey WA


 Here's Sabbath Gorge Amphitheater gig review by Tim, our website's friend:

"IT WAS FRICKIN AWESOME!!!! Dude, they are SO tight, I mean zero flaws anywhere. They opened with War Pigs and then about 6 or 7 songs in ya hear Geezer messin around with his bass and I new NIB was on deck and it was! SO cool! they did everything you would think they would and quite a bit of the new album. They played from about 8:00 to 10:30 and they could have just started over as far as I was concerned. HOLY SHIT THAT WAS A GOOD SHOW... AND THEY ARE quite OLD!!!!

Ozzy, Tony and Geez haven't all, it like they're immortal dude! I'M SERIOUS, every song was like it came off the album and they still love doin sabbath tunes. Yeah, it was a solid 2 & 1/2 hours, i couldnt believe it! I'm tellin ya man, I've seen ALOT of shows, most everybody I wanted... this was right up there and theses guys are how old? was amazing and the next time YOU'RE COMING WITH ME" !!!!"

The tracklist of the gig was:

War Pigs
Into the Void
Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
Age of Reason
Black Sabbath
Behind the Wall of Sleep
End of the Beginning
Fairies Wear Boots
Rat Salad
Iron Man
God Is Dead?
Dirty Women
Children of the Grave

(Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Intro)


1 September 2013




Review of Black Sabbath's Gig in Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center


Philly.come wrote about the Sabbath gig:

Fast-forward to the present: the original Sabbath (without drummer Bill Ward, lost to a contractual dispute) released an album, 13, mounted a tour with a sold-out stop at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, and made old-head metal fanatics happy.

Philly Sabbath enthusiasts who heard that Osbourne was radically off-key during previous dates got a mostly good Ozzy, with his rattling deadpan's lower register in fine (though not perfect) fettle. From the beginning - air raid sirens leading into the thundering murk of "War Pigs" - to the end notes of the swelling "Paranoid," every head banged as one, with Ozzy acting as devil/uncle/cheerleader. The fact that he, legendary guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, wore beaming smiles during psycho-killer crunchers like "Iron Man" proves doom metal's less serious side is alive and thriving.

The rolling thunder was anchored by the pummeling drums of Tommy Clufetos.

Sabbath's scorched-earth sonics clacked and hummed harshly, with Iommi's slow, yowling six-string attack at its most ferocious on "Into the Void," his heaving sob of a solo during the mean, cocaine-filled monologue of "Snowblind," and "Black Sabbath."

That last track was this band's legacy moment: ominous, prickly, harshly psychedelic, and at once bell-ringingly clear and sludgier than a swamp filled with molasses and tar.

Butler's gnarly bass sound, whether deathly measured or fleet, brought a moody, melodic richness and a knuckle-dragging density to the proceedings. Butler, together with Clufetos, even managed a subtly, hip-swaying groove on "Fairies Wear Boots."

Though pensive questions of revolution and religion filled Butler's lyrics, wordy clunkers like "Dirty Women" and "End of the Beginning" slowed Sabbath's righteous roll.

Since the band's 1969 start, guitarist Tony Iommi's arsenal of thick, monster riffs and archly sinister solos, along with bassist Geezer Butler's nimble-fingered low-end rumble (to say nothing of his meanly fantastical lyrics), was genre-defining. Add Ozzy's cold-steel whine to the mix and Black Sabbath became a greatest heavy rock band on the planet!

Sabbath Philly Gig setlist:
War Pigs
Into the Void
Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes
Age of Reason
Black Sabbath
Behind the Wall of Sleep
End of the Beginning
Fairies Wear Boots
Rat Salad
Iron Man
God Is Dead?
Dirty Women
Children of the Grave

(Sabbath Bloody Sabbath instrumental intro)

We would like to thank a great Sabbath fan Jim Powers for really fantastic shooting of the show! The best Youtube videos of high quality ever!, 1 September 2013




Ian Gillan recalls fantastic times he spent with Black Sabbath!


In a recent interview to Myglobalmind Ian Gillan remembers happy time he spent with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler during Black Sabbath's Born Again era, and explains some things about Who Cares charity project he made with Tony.

Myglobalmind: How do you attempt to explain the high global chart positions of latest album”Who Cares”It has achieved astonishing success all around the globe. Was there anything different song wise or production wise that could possibly account for that?

Ian “I can never ever explain anything that happens in the commercial world. I have no grasp of it or understanding of it, and I have never ever worked in that area. If we have commercial success there is only one explanation that we are in tune with something or other but we don’t know what. We certainly don’t plan it that way, I think people probably take an interest or make an effort. I don’t know.”

Myglobalmind: I read that you agreed to join Black Sabbath after a heavy night out with Tony Iommi. Looking back how do you view the period that you spent with Black Sabbath?

Ian”That was the longest party that I ever went to. That lasted about a year the recording and the tour. I was at a loose end, I had no band and they had no singer. It worked out pretty conveniently for all of us really. Yeah we went out and got smashed one night, Tony, Geezer Butler and I. We ended up under the table and had to be swept out. My manager called me the next day and said if you are going to make career decisions maybe you should give me a call first. I said that I don’t know what you are talking about but apparently I had agreed to join Black Sabbath the night before. It was one of those things and I had a fantastic time. I have great memories of it and I am still in touch with Tony. We do a few bits and pieces together. I’m just following his progress on tour in America at the moment.”

Read the whole interview on Myglobalmind

Myglobalmind, 31 August 2013




Tony Iommi on riff-writing process: "I Have To Feel It In Myself"


 SF Weekly recently spoke to legendary guitarist Tony Iommi about the making of the band's new album, "13" — the first in 35 years to feature Tony, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler. Asked what it was like working with legendary producer Rick Rubin, who is notorious for being very "in and out" of the studio while records are being made, Iommi said:

"At first I was a bit apprehensive, because I didn't know how he was going to work. We all were. But at the end of the day, yeah, I think it worked out really good. It's good to have somebody in control as such, because to control this band, it's hard when you're one of the members. I really did stipulate that when we got together that we need a producer. It's alright saying, 'Oh yeah, we can do it ourselves,' which we probably could. But you get into this stage where you lose track again, and you start, 'Well, I'll put an overdub on that, and I'll put a harmony on that,' and it gets out of control. By having somebody like Rick, he kept us to the basic thing. I actually did put a couple of harmonies on when he wasn't there. But then he took 'em off."

He added: "Rick wanted me to play the solos live, which I haven't done for years. I've normally put the backing track down, then go in and put solos down. And I'm going, 'Well, I don't really know what I'm going to play yet.' And he'd go, 'Well, just try something.' He encouraged me to try different things, and that's what happened on 'Age Of Reason' and 'Damaged Soul'."

Iommi also spoke about the riff-writing process for "13", saying about his endless backlog of material: "I have got a closet full of riffs, but I very rarely go back to them, to be honest. I always think, 'Well, I'll put this away, and I'll put that down,' and when it comes time to do something, I always seem to come up with something new. For this album, I did write purposely, so I could have an armory of songs or ideas to play to the other guys. I didn't want to walk into a room and everybody look at each other and go, 'What we gonna do now?'" He continued: "I have to feel it in myself; it comes from within. You do a riff and you think, 'Oh yeah, I really like this.' I'll go back to [it] and listen to it again and go, 'Yeah, I like this.'

I mean, I've done thousands and thousands of them. I can walk into the studio and play for a couple of days and just come up with no end of riffs. I might not ever use them."

Read more at, 27 August 2013




Tony Iommi: My health comes before Black Sabbath


The shining star of this tour is, unquestionably, guitarist Tony Iommi. On "13", he performs like it’s the last album he’ll ever make—which is quite possible, given the grim reaper of lymphoma beckoning over his shoulder. Willamette Week spoke to the man who invented metal guitar about replacing Ward, his health and, of course, the sweet leaf.

On working with Rick Rubin:

“Rick wanted us to go back to the basic idea of recording, like we did the first album. It was hard, at first, to get into, because it’s been over 40-odd years since we recorded that way of just walking in, playing and walking out. But it sort of worked. And it was what it really needed. Because it’s so easy to start saying, ‘Well, I’ll put another guitar on here and we’ll put a harmony on there and Ozzy [Osbourne] can do a vocal harmony.’ See, Rick didn’t want any of that. He wanted it just to be very basic. And I actually did go in and put a harmony on one part, and Rick took ’em off!”

On replacing Bill Ward:

“Rick suggested Ginger Baker, which we put a stop on. We didn’t think Ginger Baker would have been…we didn’t want to go in the studio and have, um, problems. And we did try some big-name drummers, some very big-name drummers. And they were great. But Rick particularly suggested Brad Wilk. And it was great because Brad had no idea what we were gonna be doing. We wouldn’t let him hear the tracks with drums. We just wanted to see what he was gonna put to it. And Brad was a really nice guy. He did work hard, you know, because he was thrown in the deep end so much, and he was very nervous. And then he got used to us. He got used to our jokes, the way we prank around.”

On health:

“Ronnie [James Dio, who fronted Black Sabbath on its 2009 tour and died in 2010] was getting stomach pains, and he was telling me before we were going onstage some nights, ‘Oh, my stomach’s really playing up,’ and he’d ask me if I’ve got any Tums or anything. And I said, ‘You should get it checked, you know, Ronnie.’ Of course, he did, but it was too late. And that’s the problem. It’s easy to overlook these things. I mean, I’m probably more over the top than I ever have been now. I check everything every day. You just don’t know. A lump pops up and you’ve gotta get it sorted.”

On doing another Black Sabbath record:

“It all depends on my health, really. But I don’t think it would be hard to do another album, because we work so well together once we start cracking. And I’ve got plenty of ideas and stuff. But we’ll have to see what happens at the end of the year, after tour. I mean, for me, this is a whole new venture, because it’s the first time I’ve been out on tour since I’ve been ill for the last two years. And I have to treat things very differently to how I did five years ago. I’ve always put the band first, but now, of course, I have to put my health first.”

On the last time he smoked a joint with his bandmates:

“A long time ago. We haven’t all done that together since ’77 or something like that.”

Read more on Wilamette Week


Wilamette Week, 27 August 2013



Tony Iommi reflects on Black Sabbath future and his life

"We are very pleased," says Tony, the author of some of the mightiest guitar riffs in rock history. "It's just quite a shock to have our first No. 1 record (in the U.S.) after being around for 45 years.

Perhaps the most amazing thing isn't that "13" managed to top the charts, but rather that it exists at all.

For years, if not decades, the odds of this version of the band -- featuring founding members Iommi, vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler -- recording another studio album seemed, at best, highly improbable.

There were simply too many obstacles. There was Iommi's battle with cancer, Osbourne's substance abuse problems and original drummer Bill Ward's departure from the fold. Plus, it had been more than three decades since these players had achieved any real degree of success together in the studio.

Thus, most fans probably assumed that 1978's "Never Say Die!" would stand as the last Sabbath album with Osbourne on the microphone.

Osbourne was a busy man in the 2000s. His activities included leading the namesake hard rock tour Ozzfest, playing the perpetually befuddled and bleeped-out father on the MTV's reality show "The Osbournes," putting out a number of popular solo records and, in general, establishing with his family one of the most powerful brands in the business.

In the midst of all that, he reunited with the other three founding Sabbath members. They gathered with super-producer Rick Rubin to try and cut a new studio album in 2001. It didn't work.

"It just wasn't right," the 65-year-old Iommi says during a recent phone interview. "Nobody was on the right page. So, we abandoned the whole idea. But I always thought -- or, at least, really hoped -- we would do another album."

Osbourne did tour with Sabbath in the 2000s, but mostly concentrated on the business of being famous. That translated to a lot of spare time for Iommi, Butler and Ward, who instead collaborated with Ronnie James Dio, the vocalist who led Black Sabbath for a few years after Osbourne split for a solo career (or was fired for his runaway substance abuse problem, depending on which version you believe) in 1979.

The reunion was dubbed Heaven and Hell, a title taken from the Dio-led Sabbath's landmark 1980 album.

"I didn't want to live on the Black Sabbath name with that lineup, because it stood for itself," Iommi says of the reunion with Dio. "And, of course, we went out as Heaven and Hell because we weren't playing any of the Ozzy stuff. All the stuff we were doing was with Ronnie."

These days, most people only think of Sabbath in terms of the Ozzy lineup. That's understandable, since Ozzy was the one originally at the microphone for such early and lasting favorites as "Paranoid," "War Pigs," "Black Sabbath" and "Iron Man" -- the last of which was reborn as an anthem for Marvel Comics' popular "Iron Man" movies. Yet the Dio offerings stand tall among Sabbath's mighty songbook.

"Ronnie was a superb singer -- one of the best," Iommi said of the vocalist, who died in 2010 from stomach cancer. "It's a sad ending. But Ronnie did give it his all, right to the end."

After Heaven and Hell ended, Osbourne re-entered the picture and soon plans were under way to record a new album. Yet new obstacles appeared. Most significantly, drummer Ward opted out, reportedly due to a money issue. Eventually, the three-legged Sabbath hobbled into the studio anyway, again under producer Rick Rubin's watch, with Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine as the session drummer. Filling in for Ward on the road is Tommy Clufetos, who also plays in Osbourne's solo band.

"It would've been nice to have had Bill involved," Iommi says. "But we waited long enough for Bill, and what can we do? We can't make him do it. It was his decision. It was sad."

The result, however, was anything but sad. Black Sabbath's 19th studio album would climb to No. 1 during its first week on the charts.

Iommi is happy to add that this isn't just another Black Sabbath album -- it's another good one. He feels that "13" stacks up quite nicely among all the long-cherished classics, which would include such metal masterpieces as 1971's "Master of Reality" and 1973's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."

"We haven't done this album just to do one, because we didn't need to do one," he says. "We wanted to do one for ourselves. I think it holds up. We love all the stuff we've done (on the album).

"That's the only way we could do it. Everybody had to be 100 percent into it and really want to do this album. Everybody had to be on the same page."

Of course, Sabbath fans are probably even more excited about a new tour than a new album. And they were justifiably worried that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act might not tour in 2013 -- at least not in North America -- after learning that Iommi had been diagnosed with lymphoma in January. Yet the guitarist has found the courage and strength to take to the road.

"To be honest, I was wondering whether I could do (the tour) as well," Iommi says. "I have to treat life very differently now. This, for me, has been a big challenge. So far, it's been OK. The medical thing is still going on. It'll be ongoing, really, for life. It's not going to go away. I just have to try to treat it.

"So I go back to England every seven to eight weeks for a treatment. Then it takes 10 days, two weeks, to start feeling normal again. Then we go back out on the road."

Iommi says that every single day battling cancer is a challenge.

"My whole life has changed," he says. "My attitude has changed toward everything. Life becomes a lot more precious. I appreciate when we've got the opportunity to get together and be onstage and play and do what I like to do.

"I think my illness, in one way, has helped everybody, because it's brought the reality of you really don't know how long this is going to last. It was easy to take things for granted before. I think everyone now appreciates what we've got and what we get to do."

Read more on San Jose Mercury News

San Hose Mercury News, 22 August 2013



Tony gives his fans a chance to win a Sabbath gig!


 Tony just published this message on his Official website:

Over half the US / Canadian tour gone, time flies. Great to receive the gold discs from the Canadian label, we're all getting a buzz like it's our first time! In Boston I had the pleasure of meeting Tim from Millbank Music who collected a pile of instruments for Armenia. Here's me signing the banner he has in his store.
- Tony

Want to see our Tony rock Las Vegas with Black Sabbath and win an acoustic ‎guitar‬ from Taylor? Enter for a chance to win! Check out there.

And another cool news - the Freddy Mercury Tribute concert will be released on DVD and Blue Ray soon! Tony took a part of this show with a friend Brian May on 20 April 1992. Iommi fans can finally add this awesome show to their Holy Grail Iommi collections. Read more on

20 August 2013




Tony Iommi shares gear choices for Black Sabbath’s “13” album


Living legend Tony Iommi recently spent some time with Guitar World talking all things Black Sabbath. He spoke candidly about his ongoing battle with cancer, working with Ozzy Osbourne for the first time in nearly 35 years and other topics including how he got the grimy guitar tones for Sabbath’s latest album, “13”.

When Iommi walked into the studio, producer Rick Rubin presented him with a huge collection of vintage amps, including an old Laney Klipp, with which Iommi already had some experience. He plugged it in despite his own warning that it would blow up. After an hour, it blew up. He put his foot down when they brought in four more the next day. “I’ve gone through all this and now I’m here, and somebody is telling me how to get my sound,” said Iommi. “That’s a bit weird. So I had to draw the line.”

He used his own Laney signature amps instead. He said when guitar players first got those vintage amps, people like the Who’s Pete Townshend always modified them to get their signature sounds. Iommi was no different. He used his signature Laney TI100, which had two inputs. He plugged into the bass channel, with a treble booster in front. After Rubin told him his sound was “too metal,” Iommi switched over to the treble channel.

As for guitars, he used a handful of his Jaydee custom-built “Old Boy” SGs. John Diggins, who’d toured with Iommi before, hand-built half a dozen SGs, which the guitarist has been playing ever since. He said that, while he liked his custom Gibson-built guitars, he didn’t use any on this record. Effects on the album were sparse. He only used an unknown chorus pedal and an old Tycobrahe wah wah pedal.

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By Chris Ford for Noisecreep, 17 August 2013



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