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Black Sabbath Planning New Album and Final Tour

In an interview with Metal Hammer (via Rolling Stone), frontman Ozzy Osbourne gave an especially Ozzy-ish, round-about answer to what was going on with Black Sabbath, which includes Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, after their successful comeback album and tour, with the gist of it being summed up in one quote: "We're going to do one more album, and a final tour."

"Once the dust settled after the last tour," Osbourne said, "we started discussing the idea - because we were getting asked about it all the time - I said to Sharon, "What's going on? Because if there's no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again,' and she came back and said "Let me look into it.' Three weeks later, I asked her about it again, and she said "Oh, I still have to talk to so and so..." And I said, "Sharon, I ain't f--g 21 anymore. If we're going to do [it], I want to do it before I'm 70. Time isn't on our side." So she made the call and came back and said, "Yeah, the record company wants another album. I believe Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again."

Osbourne noted it would be "sooner rather than later" when asked about a timeline, adding "obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony's health, he's obviously got his cancer treatment, but we'll get onto it next year... I don't know if we'll be writing in England or L.A., but I'll fly to the f--g moon for it if I have to."

"Steal Away The Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-By-Day" Book Now Available

I personally contributed over 1300 photos from my collection for the making of this book. It took me a good month of digging through my archives - photographing, scanning, and organizing shots for Martin. The end result is an excellent, hard cover book chronicling Ozzy Osbourne's career through stories and images.

"Steal Away The Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-By-Day" celebrates the Oz-man with a full account of his more-than-40-year run as rock's most adorable madman. Author Martin Popoff takes us through Ozzy's career day by day, covering the singer's years in BLACK SABBATH and beyond, milestone after milestone - the hirings, the firings, the rehabs and relapses, the bats, the doves, Zakk Wylde, and most seriously, the tragic death of Randy Rhoads in a fly-by prank gone wrong. He also detours from the stage and recording studio long enough to look into the incredible success that was the reality TV series "The Osbournes".

Adding to the considerable textual substance of "Steal Away The Night" is a revealing oral history of the band, much of which was culled from Popoff's extensive interview material with Ozzy and various band members and producers. Also included is an explosion of imagery culled from the band's record sleeves, live shows, ads, and memorabilia. Ozzy's shock-rock visuals are some of the flashiest in the biz, and they make each page of "Steal Away The Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-By-Day" explode with heavy metal power.

This richly detailed, lavishly illustrated chronology of the metal legend's career is a must-have for an Ozzy fan.

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Ozzy Osbourne Announces "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD And CD Collection

This October, the career of rock icon Ozzy Osbourne will be celebrated with the "Memoirs Of A Madman" collections.

Due out October 7th, 2014 - "Memoirs Of A Madman" serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place that will be available in a single CD, two-LP set, and two-LP picture disc set configurations.

The 2-disc DVD edition will include classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from Ozzy's solo career.

In addition, an exclusive autographed limited edition fan bundle will be available. This includes an autographed poster, 2 DVD set, CD, 2 LP picture disc vinyl, along with a "Creative Allies" fan designed poster, which will feature an image personally chosen by Ozzy.


Details:

DVD 1 - "THE MUSIC VIDEOS"

Bark At The Moon
So Tired
The Ultimate Sin
Lightning Strikes
Crazy Train
Miracle Man
Crazy Babies
Breaking All The Rules
No More Tears
Mama, I'm Coming Home
Mr. Tinkertrain
Time After Time
Road To Nowhere
I Don't Want To Change The World (Live)
Changes
Perry Mason
I Just Want You
See You On The Other Side
Back On Earth
Gets Me Through
Dreamer
In My Life
I Don't Wanna Stop
Let Me Hear You Scream
Life Won t Wait
Let It Die
Mama, I'm Coming Home (alternate version)
The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream
The Making of Life Won't Wait

DVD 2 - "PERFORMANCES AND INTERVIEWS"

Rochester, NY 1981
I Don't Know
Suicide Solution
Mr. Crowley
Crazy Train

Albuquerque, NM 1982
Over The Mountain

MTV - New York, NY 1982
Fairies Wear Boots (clip)

Entertainment USA 1984

Kansas City, MO 1986
Bark At The Moon
Never Know Why
Killer Of Giants
Thank God For The Bomb
Secret Loser

Philadelphia, PA 1989
Bloodbath In Paradise
Tattooed Dancer
Miracle Man

MTV 1989

Marquee, UK 1991
Bark At The Moon (clip)

Studio 1992

San Diego, CA 1992
I Don't Want To Change The World
Road To Nowhere

Japan 1992
No More Tears

Studio 1992
Desire

MTV 1992
Mama, I'm Coming Home

Studio 1992

Ozzmosis Recording Session 1995

Ozzfest 1996
Perry Mason

Fame & Fortune

Tokyo, Japan 2001
Gets Me Through

Ozzfest 2007
Not Going Away

Black Rain Photo Shoot

Las Vegas, NV 2007
I Don t Wanna Stop

Scream Recording Session 2010

London, England 2010
Let Me Hear You Scream

Philadelphia, PA 1989
Flying High Again

Tokyo, Japan 2001
Believer

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Black Sabbath Receive Platinum Reward For "13" Album

Black Sabbath received a worldwide platinum award for the 2013 reunion album, "13", prior to their show at London's Hyde Park on Friday, July 4th, 2014.

"Thanks to everyone who purchased the 13 album and came to see us play along the tour!," posted the band. "We received a plaque at Hyde Park for 1 Million sales and the album reaching #1 in 14 countries.

Thank you all!" Produced by Rick Rubin, "13" is the group's first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's "Never Say Die."

While "13" saw a return of Osbourne to the Sabbath lineup, original drummer Bill Ward declined to participate in the reunion tour and album over a contractual dispute.

The group recorded the project with Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, while Ozzy's solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, handled live dates for the tour.

The Hyde Park show was the final date of the band's "13" world tour.





Black Sabbath Take Home Grammy Award

Black Sabbath bassist-lyricist Geezer Butler has a theory about why Grammy voters gave the metal originators their second Best Metal Performance award, this time for "God Is Dead?" from the band's 2013 reunion album, 13. "Probably the question mark," Butler told Rolling Stone. "It's a marvelous song. It should have won all of them, even the hip-hop thing."

Geezer was standing backstage at the awards show in Los Angeles last night with singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi. After several false starts over the years, 13 marked the first time the trio had completed a new studio album together since 1979's Never Say Die, and the band's future could easily include a return to the studio for another album.

"We're going back on the road," said Osbourne of potential recording projects. "We haven't really spoken about it beyond that. I'm down for it."

"Absolutely," said Iommi.

With the help of producer Rick Rubin, Sabbath were able to finally complete an album again because "we were running out of time," said Osbourne, 65. "We were getting on a bit. It's now or never." Added Iommi, "We were all into it. This time everything fell into place and it felt great."

The 13 sessions and subsequent touring last year went "much better" than expected, said Butler. "We didn't know what to expect," he explained. "It felt like the natural thing to do, rather than doing it for the sake of doing it. We just wanted to be together and play together again and write songs. We didn't want to go out on tour and do the same set as we've been doing for 30 years."



Tony Iommi Announces Lymphoma Treatment Will Finish This Year

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has started the new year on a positive note by delivering a hopeful update on his ongoing chemotherapy.

Speaking via a statement released on his website, Iommi thanked family, friends and fans for all of the support he had received over the past year, also revealing that the treatment he had been undergoing for Hodgkins Lymphoma would soon be reaching completion.

"Best Wishes for the New Year, after a such a brilliant 2013, it's going to be difficult to match it this year but we'll be having a go.

We've some good things lined up for the coming year, firstly the Grammy's, then some dates in the US and Canada, and in the summer a quick trip round Europe. I should also be finishing my regular treatment and I'm hoping to not get so tired, all positive.

Many thanks to you all for your continued support, we'd be nothing without you - Tony Iommi"

News of Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis was announced on 9th Jan 2012 via a post on the Black Sabbath Facebook page.

"With the news that Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan the "IRON MAN" of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery."

Since his diagnosis, Iommi has juggled a gruelling schedule of chemotherapy while going through an equally hectic time with Black Sabbath, who have spent the past two years writing, recording, promoting and touring for their most recent album '13'.