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Black Sabbath awarded double gold record for "13" in Toronto


Black Sabbath receive Double Gold Disc Award For “13” Album in Toronto, August 14 2013.

The reunited British heavy metal godfathers received the honor in Toronto for sales of their latest studio album "13," which moved more than 80,000 units in Canada.

The founding members of the band (less drummer Bill Ward) each received a framed plaque along with a Toronto Maple Leafs NHL jersey.

For all Iommi fans’ happiness, 2013 is definitely a year of Sabbath! Tony won Revolver’s Riff Lord Award in May and the guys added to their mantles two awards from Metal Hammer in June: in two categories – Best UK Band and Best Album respectively. Here what Reuters said about the event:

Veteran British rock band Black Sabbath was crowned the kings of heavy metal on Monday, 17 June 2013, winning the top accolades at the UK's top metal music awards, the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

Black Sabbath won the award for Best Album for "13" which soared to No. 1 in the British charts on Sunday, giving the band its first number one album in nearly 43 years which is a record interval between chart-toppers.

The band also won the award for Best UK band.

"From honoring the lords of our world Black Sabbath as today's most cutting-edge act, there's simply no other event like it," said Alexander Milas, editor of Metal Hammer magazine that organizes the annual awards.

Now our guys will add a “13” Double Gold to their Gold and Platinum collections.

From all Iommi fans over the world – CONGRATULATIONS DEAR TONY!





16 August 2013



Black Sabbath to be honored as "Living Legends" At "Classic Rock Roll Of Honour"!


British heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath will be honored as "Living Legends" at the ninth annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, set to take place on Tuesday, November 14 at London, England's Roundhouse.

Commented singer Ozzy Osbourne: "It's good to be a living legend. It's better than being a dead one."

Past winners of the Living Legend award include ZZ TOP, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Lemmy and Iggy Pop.

Added Chris Ingham from Classic Rock magazine: "We're delighted to welcome Black Sabbath to collect our Living Legend Award. It's wholly deserved as not only do they have a career to celebrate, but Ozzy, Geezer and Tony blasted back with a brilliant new album in 2013 that reminded us all how it should be done."

"13", the first record in 35 years to feature Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together, entered the official U.K. chart at position No. 1. The CD sold 13,000 copies more than the No. 2 entry.

The last time Sabbath topped the chart in the U.K. was nearly 43 years ago — in October 1970 — with the band's second LP, "Paranoid".

Read more on, 9 August 2013



Tony Iommi: Playing With Black Sabbath Is “Better Than It Was 40 Years Ago”


Mighty Tony Iommi — despite ongoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments to battle cancer — sounds as bluesy and fucking demonic as ever. Black Sabbath will perform at Mohegan Sun Arena with special guest Andrew W.K. (dark party!) on Aug. 8. Iommi spoke to the Advocate from a Houston tour-stop about playing with his old bandmates and working with producer Rick Rubin on the new album. (Interview to

-- When you step onstage with Ozzy and Geezer, do you still get the same feelings you did 40-some years ago?

-- It's a great feeling. You can't beat that feeling of walking onstage, especially with your old mates, you know. I think it's better than it was 40 years ago.

-- What's better about it?

-- You know, we've been through a lot of experiences, family things and so on. I think when it comes back to the original guys again, it feels really comfortable. You do get — it comes along with age, I suppose — anxieties and different other things. But when you get onstage and start playing, it all settles down.

-- Sabbath has always been a band of the people. And yet, the critical response to the new album has been incredibly positive. Do you get the sense it just took certain people a while to catch up with what you've been doing?

-- It could be, or otherwise it's because they haven't heard us for so long as the old lineup. But it really has been a great, fantastic response.

-- I read that the way Rick Rubin works is to encourage a sense of jamming, to get you guys playing and to see what speaks to him and what does not. But the sense I got is that you went into the studio with some songs that you and Mr. Butler had written already. How did that dynamic play out in the studio?

-- I think we were pretty open to stuff, but we did keep it more or less to our path. We'd go in with a song, and Rick might go, "Oh, why don't you maybe change the middle bit?" or something like that, or put in another verse or something. We tried those things. It was an exchange of ideas, really. If it didn't work, we'd say, "Oh, no, we didn't like that," and then we'd have another go at it. Rick's thing was more about getting the vibe going, making sure that the feel of the songs, for him, was right. We'd play, and then he'd maybe say, "That was good, but let's do another one... Can you make it a bit slower?" So then we'd do that, and he might say, "Yeah, that didn't feel right. Can you do another one?" until he got one that felt right.

-- When you play live now, how do the new songs fit with the more classic Sabbath material? Was there ever a temptation to play the whole album for one set, then classic songs for a second set?

-- I think the songs fit in great with the old stuff, and it's also great to have new songs to fit in, because we haven't had any for so many years. As far as the whole album: we haven't tried that yet. We are playing four songs off the album, but I'd be up for doing the whole thing. That's how we recorded it, so that's how we can play it. It's an album that is not impossible to do, if you know what I mean. We didn't go in the studio and put loads of stuff on. It IS live, so we could go on and play any of those songs.

-- Do you think Sabbath fans can expect more new music in the near future?

-- I don't know. It's a question that's been asked a few times. I don't really have an answer for you. At the moment, we're playing it — because of my [cancer] treatments and stuff — I can't commit to doing another two years, or anything like that. I have to play it as it comes now. While I'm doing it, I'm really enjoying it. If the rest of the year goes well, then we'll look at it and see if it's possible to do another album. It would be very nice to.


Mike Hamad for, 9 August 2013

Photo Lorraine Parker



Tony Iommi -- Star of New Jersey show!


It was obvious from the "Sweet Leaf" and "Never Say Die" T-shirts in the crowd that it would be no ordinary concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center on Sunday night…

More than 17,500 congregants, spanning at least three generations, packed the outdoor amphitheater for Black Sabbath's only area appearance on their current reunion tour.

Joining Ozzy on stage were co-founding bandmates Terrence "Geezer" Butler, 64, who, on the outside, resembled a grizzled character from Middle-Earth — yet still has those lightning quick bass guitar prowess on numbers like "N.I.B." — and lead guitarist Tony Iommi, 65, who left the audience spellbound with his signature left-handed red Gibson S.G., featuring crosses on the frets.

Black Sabbath blasted through 45 years of classics including the metal anthem "Iron Man," the cocaine-inspired "Snowblind," "Dirty Women," "Fairies Wear Boots" and the eponymous anthem "Black Sabbath”…

These geezers, now in their mid-60s, have all stated they have no intention of slowing down and plan to get back in the studio to cut another album.

Sabbath also performed several newer numbers off their first-ever U.S. No. 1 selling album, "13", including "Age of Reason," "End of the Beginning" and "God is Dead?".

Guitarist Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma is early 2012 and has undergone successful treatment, is one of rock and roll's must underrated axe-shredders burning through numbers such as the new "Methademic," "Under the Sun/Everyday Comes and Goes" and on the classic one-song encore, "Paranoid" — which featured a teased introduction of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath".

Read more on New York Daily News


Black Sabbath at the PNC Bank Art Center last night… It was THUNDEROUS hearing Tony and Geezer crank out one classic after another!” told us our website’s great friend, luthier Lou Moritz – a man who actually made a miracle – he brought Iommi’s legendary weapon SG Red Monkey back to life building an awesome replica that Tony used on new album recordings and during the 2013 tour.

Lou had a blast at the show enjoying Great Lefty playing his “creature” on Methademic! But it is not the end! He was invited as a special guest to meet Tony backstage and had a nice talk!

We congratulate with our dear friend Lou, who made a wonderful job for Iommi Legacy’s revival! The new St. Moritz Red SG Monkey Custom is a true masterpiece, a jem of guitar crafting!


Watch the New Jersey Gig review from Artisan News below:


 The setlist from Black Sabbath New Jersey concert:
War Pigs
Into The Void
Under The Sun/Everyday comes and goes
Age of Reason
Black Sabbath
Behind The Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B.
End Of The Beginning
Faries Wear Boots
Rat Salad
God is Dead?
Dirty Women
Childern Of The Grave
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Intro



We want to thank Lou Moritz and Richard Hollis for the wonderful review of the show!  
Long Live Black Sabbath!
Viva Tony Iommi!

Photos courtesy Lou Moritz, 7 August 2013



Black Sabbath Halloween Maze to open at Universal Studios


Black Sabbath’s music is coming to life in what is being described as “an all-original, terrifying 3-D maze” at Universal Studios Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

“Black Sabbath: 13 3D” is based on the darkest lyrics from Black Sabbath’s biggest hit songs and the only attraction at the horror event to incorporate 3D video, will also include scenes inspired by the legendary band’s recently released Billboard #1 album, 13. A nightmarish landscape of doom will engulf guests as they enter “Black Sabbath: 13 3D” and traverse through horrifying graveyards, disturbing madhouses and bone-chilling battlefields.

Ozzy Osbourne said of the attraction “We were all really excited when Universal Studios Hollywood approached us about doing a 3D ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze based on our music. 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.”

Guests will come face to face with a heart-stopping Lucifer and his bride, blood-soaked dead bodies and bubbling pools of “radioactive water” while song’s inspired by Luke’s Wall, Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, Electric Funeral and, of course, Black Sabbath violently penetrate the confines of the maze at high volume.

John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood, said “Very few bands can claim to have defined a genre of music but Black Sabbath’s remarkable influence in the evolution of Heavy Metal will go down in history. 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’.”

Music News/Noise 11, 6 August 2013




Tony and his Sabbath rocks West Palm Beach, Florida 31st July 2013


The band's setlist at July 31 concert at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida was as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Under The Sun/Every Day Comes And Goes
04. Snowblind
05. Age Of Reason
06. Black Sabbath
07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
08. N.I.B.
09. End Of The Beginning
10. Fairies Wear Boots
11. Methademic
12. Rat Salad
13. Drum Solo
14. Iron Man
15. God Is Dead?
16. Dirty Women
17. Children Of The Grave


18. Paranoid

Tony Iommi told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how hard it is for Sabbath to make up a set list. "There are so many tracks that it's really difficult what to pick, because there's always somebody gonna go, 'Oh, why didn't you play that one? Why didn't you play this?' you know," he said. "And there's only a limited time you can play as well, so you've gotta work out a set that everybody wants to do without upsetting the people that say, 'Oh, I wanted to hear this. I wanted to hear that,' you know? But you've gotta drop some to put new ones in, and it's hard."

Watch the photographs of Tony and the guys on these galleries online:,,

Read the review - Black Sabbath kills at Cruzan Amphitheatre!, 2 August 2013

Fan filmed video from Black Sabbath's Austin, Texas show posted


Following the worldwide chart success of their semi-reunion album "13", Tony and the guys kicked off their North American tour leg on July 25th in Houston, Texas at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Quality fan-filmed footage from the band's July 27th show in Austin, Texas at the Frank Erwin Center is available below.

Great job!, 29 July 2013



Tony and his Sabbath kick off North American tour! Set-list revealed!


Following the worldwide chart success of their semi-reunion album "13", Black Sabbath kicked off their twenty city North American trek last night (July 25th) in Houston, Texas at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

More than a year-and-a-half after Black Sabbath first announced their reunion, the legends of heavy metal have finally begun their invasion of North America. Sabbath will be stateside until September.

Remarked bass legend Geezer Butler: "Bloody nearly melted on stage, it was ridiculously hot. Great crowd, though! Thank you Houston!!!!"

Sabbath performed a set jam-packed with classics last night in Houston, unleashing songs such as "Iron Man", "War Pigs" and "Paranoid". The act brought out some new "13" material as well, playing "God is Dead?", "End of the Beginning", "Methademic" and "Age of Reason".

According to, Black Sabbath performed the following:

'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'
'Symptom of the Universe'
Drum Solo
'Iron Man'
'God Is Dead?'
'Dirty Women'
'Children of the Grave'

'Paranoid' ('Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' Intro)

Read more on, 26 July 2013

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Tony Iommi on upcoming North American tour - "It's going to be strange after all the album activity being back on stage again"


Following the worldwide chart success of their semi-reunion album, "13", Black Sabbath are gearing up for their upcoming 20-city North American trek which kicks off next week in Houston, Texas.

Guitar legend Tony Iommi states: "Getting ready for the tour of the USA and Canada. It's going to be strange after all the album activity being back on stage again. We're all really looking forward to getting going as the dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan went so well!"

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Black Sabbath's North American tour dates:

25 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
27 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
29 - Tampa, FL - Live Nation Amphitheatre
31 - W. Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre

2 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
4 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
6 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
8 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
10 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
12 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
16 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
18 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
22 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
24 - Seattle, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
26 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
28 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
30 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center

1 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
3 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Sports Arena

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Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles, 22 July 2013



Black Sabbath legend at fundraiser in memory of a tragic Midland teenager killed in a road crash


Tony Iommi was a guest at a fundraiser organised to boost funds for the Mikey Abdou Foundation.

The charity aims to help underprivileged children in education in memory of the 19-year-old Solihull doctor’s son. Mikey Abdou and his friend Mike Dugmore were killed in a car crash in Aston Cantlow in January 2012. It will also help youngsters in Cairo as Mikey was part-Egyptian. Tony Iommi is a friend of the Abdou family.

The sell-out fundraiser, held at Hogarths Hotel in Dorridge, attracted 200 guests and raised more than £50,000.

“We were extremely grateful that Tony Iommi could be there to support the cause. Tony is a great friend of the family and again we were very fortunate and honoured to have him there." - states the Abdou family.

More information about the charity is available at by going to

Read more on Birmingham Mail.


Birmingham Mail, 19 July 2013
Photo Kevin Winter, Getty Images



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