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Black Sabbath albums We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll, Technical Ecstasy, Never Say Die! will be re-release this month

 

On July 30th, Rhino Records is releasing Black Sabbath's final two studio albums and only compilation of the '70s Ozzy Osbourne era. We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll, Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die!

We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'N' Roll, released in February of 1976, draws on all of the band's six studio (and Ozzy Osbourne-era) albums to date, but pays special attention to their first two albums.

Technical Ecstasy, Black Sabbath's seventh studio record, was released in September of 1976. Technical Ecstasy continued the band's separation from its signature doom and darkness that had been such a trademark of the band's early career. While the album's lyrics dealt with topics such as drug dealers, prostitution, and transvestites, the music itself was seldom dark, and tracks like 'Rock 'n' Roll Doctor' and 'It's Alright' (the latter sung by drummer Bill Ward a decision supported by Ozzy Osbourne), were very different from Black Sabbath's earlier recordings.

Black Sabbath released their eighth studio album, Never Say Die!, in September of 1978. This would be the last studio album featuring Ozzy Osbourne prior to his leaving the band the following year.

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Bravewords.com, 12 July 2013

 

 

Tony Iommi to guest on BBC Radio 6 Music's 'Radcliffe And Maconie' Show

 

Birmingham Legend - Mighty Tony Iommi will be interviewed on BBC Radio 6 Music's "Radcliffe And Maconie" show on Tuesday, July 9 at 2:30 p.m. U.K. time. Fans can listen to the program live via the Internet at BBC.co.uk.

 

Tony's interview to Artisan News from the times of his autobiography "Iron Man" release unveiled!

 


9 July 2013

 

 

Tony Iommi's heavy leather guitar straps… and bracelets!

 

Black Sabbath’s guitar legend has hired Rachael at Heavy Leather NYC (Heavyleathernyc.com) to make his new guitar straps, designed by Shirts & Destroy.

"The guitars I use are pretty heavy and it makes a huge difference when you're playing a long show to have a comfortable strap," says Iommi. "That they also look great is a real bonus!"

Iommi recently donated his used guitar strings to Wear Your Music, an organisation that turns used guitar strings into jewelry. All profits made from the sale of Tony's guitar strings will go to the Nordoff-Robbins charity. Having sliced off the ends of three fingers in a factory accident when first starting out Tony switched to very light gauge strings. These make his bracelets especially unique.

Rock Recycled Bracelets are hand-wrapped with sterling silver to create a one-of-a-kind bangle style bracelet. Each bracelet uses a different number and color of strings, depending on what is available at the time of purchase. They do not have the artists initials on them and are not soldered. For this, and the option to add a clasp, see the Classic Style.

Purchase your bracelet on WearYourMusic.org

And for those who wasn’t able to catch Tony’s interview on the BBC TV's "Hard Talk" other day, watch the whole event on Youtube video:

    


 

28 June 2013 
Photo courtesy Lorraine Parker

Tony Iommi to guest on BBC's “HARDtalk”

 

 A rare chance to catch Tony Iommi on BBC television the world over - Tony will be interviewed on BBC's television progam "HARDtalk" today, Wednesday, June 26.

In the U.K., "HARDtalk" is broadcast on the BBC News channel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 00.30 and 04.30 a.m. The program can also be seen on BBC Two at 10.35 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also catch up on recent editions of the program in the U.K. on BBC iPlayer.

Outside the U.K., "HARDtalk" is broadcast Monday to Thursday on BBC World News channel, watch at 04:30 and 00:30 Thursday 27th.

Asked about whether the band had performed in a way that played up to their Satanic image,Tony Iommi told HARDtalk's Shaun Ley they had "dabbled" in the occult in the early days, but said they had never been Satanists. 

"It was creating music, and that's all I do. I don't try to create anything to destroy people or to upset anybody," he added.

Iommi also discussed the band's past drug use: "If I'd have known, what I know now, I certainly would not have dabbled to that extent. I don't think any of us would."

Visit the BBC World News
web site for transmission times in your region.

 


26 June 2013
Photo Vertigo

 

Congratulations to Tony and guys! Sabbath is the winner of Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2013!

 

Metal Hammer has just announced the winner of the Golden Gods 2013 in the category Best UK Band - without any doubt - Black Sabbath!

Our boys have beaten a whole list of competitors, leaving behind Motorhead, Paradise Lost, Bring Me The Horizon and Bullet For My Valentine!

The heavy metal godfathers have made a real triumphant return with epic “13” – actually on the top of UK, USA, New Zealand charts!

CONGRATULATIONS TO TONY, OZZY AND GEEZER !
GLORIOUS SABBATH! MIGHTY SABBATH! BEST BAND EVER!

Thank you all, loyal die hards, who supported and continues to support our guys! You voted day and night, and what a great satisfaction to see Sabbath on the top!

GLORY TO SABBATH FOREVER AND EVER!!!


19 June 2013

 

 

Black Sabbath’s “13” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart!

 

Great success for our guys - after 35 years since Tony and his bandmates Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler recorded an album together, there was no telling how the band’s new disc “13” would perform on the charts. But now the numbers are out and the album is a huge success, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with an impressive 155,000 copies sold in the United States during its first week out.

The album marks Black Sabbath’s first-ever No. 1 on the Billboard chart and remarkably it’s only the band’s second Top 10 entry (1971′s Master of Reality hit No. 8). Earlier in the week, “13” also topped the UK chart, making it the band’s first album to hit No. 1 on that tally since 1970′s Paranoid.

The first-week sales total in the U.S. for “13” more than triples the next entry on the chart.

Black Sabbath will embark on a full North American tour beginning July 25 in Houston and finishing up in Los Angeles on Sept. 3.

The band recently announced that there will probably be ANOTHER ALBUM after “13” and they hope for the drummer Bill Ward’s return!

All we can say now is – Amen! Hope this will be real! Rock on Sabbath! You are the best!

 


19 June 2013

Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images

 

Black Sabbath are Top of the Pops!

 

The band have set a new UK chart record for the longest gap between number one albums, overtaking Rod Stewart who set a similar record last month.

"13" has entered the official UK. chart at position No. 1. The album sold 13,000 copies more than the No. 2 entry, "BE" by Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye.

"13" has entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart at position No. 4. This is the British metal legends' first Australian Top Ten album since "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" back in 1974.

"13" is likely to sell between 120,000 and 130,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Republic.

"13" is on the top of the charts in New Zealand!

\\M// LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH!!! \\M//


  17 June 2013

 

 

Black Sabbath soaring to First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart; No. 1 on NZ charts; top UK charts

 

 Tony’s iconic band Black Sabbath is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the group's new "13," released on Tuesday (June 11), may sell over 120,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 16.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, June 19.

Sabbath's projected sales figure should easily be enough to trump the rest of the week's new albums, along with fighting off any challenges from holdover titles.

Black Sabbath's "13" is the band's first studio album with singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's "Never Say Die!" The band has notched just one top 10 album so far, 1971's "Master of Reality," which reached No. 8.

See Sabbath’s position on Billboard.com

Black Sabbath is currently on the top of New Zealand charts – the absolute Number 1!
See Sabbath’s position on The Official NZ Charts

And of course Black Sabbath are to have their first number one album for 43 years at home in UK!
The “13” album has drawn acclaim and is 4,500 sales ahead of Beady Eye.

See Sabbath position on  Official Charts Company  

Rock on Tony and guys! We wish you a well deserved great success! Long live Black Sabbath!

Watch the End Of The Beginning single official video made after Sabbath's appearance on CSI series.

 


 15 June 2013
Photo by Vertigo

 

Tony, Ozzy and Geezer interviewed by USA Today: dark past, colorful reunion, hazy future

 

Edna Gundersen of USA Today recently sat down with Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, and bassist Geezer Butler to discuss their first album of original music together since 1978, titled 13, and their tour to support it.
"I thought we'd have to keep Ozzy on track, but he was there all the time," Iommi says. "He's been really good." Osbourne explains, "For the first time, I felt people were listening to me."
Tony Iommi arrived at the studio with loads of ideas and CDs full of guitar riffs, the cornerstone of Sabbath classics.

"We had plenty of ammunition," says Iommi, reached by phone in London. "Rick brought us back to our roots and the vibe of the early stuff. He said, 'Treat this like the second album and wipe out the last 40 years. Rick wanted 30 songs. I told him, 'No chance of that.' He said, 'Can you get 25?' No. I said he'd be lucky to get 10."

Sabbath crafted 16 without unearthing six shelved in 2001. Recording was a democratic, collaborative joy, in contrast to past stints when Osbourne was AWOL until late in the process.

"I thought we'd have to keep Ozzy on track, but he was there all the time," Tony says. "I haven't seen him like that. He's been really good."

Osbourne explains, "For the first time, I felt people were listening to me."

It wasn't all smooth wailing. Diagnosed with lymphoma in 2011, Iommi is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment that will continue for the next year. Cancer didn't stand in the way of Sabbath's return.

"Making an album, going on tour took my mind away from it and gave me something to aim for," he says.

Iommi's resolve inspired his bandmates, Butler says. And once Osbourne was assured Iommi could manage the task, he was keen to finish.

"It was now or never," he said.

Misconceptions didn't dissuade fans who bought 75 million albums the past 43 years.

"We wanted to make scary music," Osbourne says. "We weren't created by some business guy and we didn't read a book. We did this naturally. We had a dream and it became fantastically true. People called us The Beatles of hard rock. It's hard to get your head around that."

Iommi, too, was stunned by Sabbath's profound influence on bands from Metallica and Judas Priest to Guns N' Roses, Nirvana and Van Halen.

"When you're creating it, you don't realize what you've done," he says. "Years later, some of the biggest names in the music world would say, 'Without you, we would have never done this.' We did something to stir them along. You couldn't wish for better than that."

Read more on Usa Today

 


Edna Gundersen for  Usa Today,  11 June 2013

 

Milan show cancelled ... no luck for Italian fans ...

 

Black Sabbath has issued the following update via the Official Facebook Page:

"We regret to inform you that, due to logistical reasons, the Black Sabbath show scheduled in Milan on Dec 5, 2013 will not happen. Tickets will be refunded until Jul 31, 2013 thorugh all the Ticketone stores. All the other european shows remain confirmed."

Italian fans truly have no luck ... sad thing ...




 11 June 2013

 

 

 

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