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Post  misery guts on Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:47 am

From Birmingham they came, four quirky talents who combined to help create, promote and inspire the world of Heavy Metal. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward were the seminal line-up who released several albums through the 1970s until Ozzy went his own way. Tony carried on with varying line-ups for another 20 years, but now they're all together once more (more or less). Here are a few of their timeless treats:

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Paranoid

Iron Man

Never Say Die

God Is Dead?

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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:05 am

Iron Man, by Tony Iommi
Read Ozzy's book about 7 months ago, and thought this might be a more strait-laced reading of the same events. Happily, Tony has a healthy sense of humour too, which becomes vital after Ozzy leaves the band, and then Geezer and Bill do too. He struggles on with various line-ups, all the while trying to cope with drugs, money troubles, and some wild women. The book closes with his health scares, and BS did manage one last album together, so it's not all doom & gloom.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:43 am

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne
An hour and a half biopic relating the rags to riches tale of another wild man of heavy metal, how Black Sabbath strove to fame but had to kick him out for being unreliable, how the "biting animal heads" myth was borne from drunkness, and how he eventually pulled himself together after son Jack first quit his own demons. I find it hard to really warm to Ozzy, sobriety seems to have left him miserable, and his personal problems seem to be something he feels little guilt over.

Rock Milestones: Black Sabbath's Paranoid
Graham MacTavish presents again, and a mix of familiar and unfamiliar faces sang their praises. Tony Iommi was included from archive chat. The importance was in it being the key 2nd album for the metal pioneers.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:54 am

Black Sabbath - Masters of Reality - Part 1
Most familiar faces here in what presumably was a really long series because this opening edition merely covered their formation and first album. Audio of Ozzy and Geezer, plus archive of Tony helped tell the story maybe better than some of the faces. An impressive band when at their best.

Black Sabbath - In Their Own Words
somewhat album by album, but only really up to the point Ozzy left. It was a shame that drugs did for them, really, their early works were legendary.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:23 am

Black Sabbath - Up Close And Personal
Chiefly looking at their first 4 albums, which mark the peak for the band, though later work with Dio was covered a little. Their place in rock history was assured quite quickly, really.

Discovering: Black Sabbath
Their first 2 albums really made their reputation, and I'm often amazed they knocked out another 6 before giving Ozzy the elbow. Then they did 2 with Ronnie Dio, and another 7 after that before reforming with Ozzy. It's an odd reflection on the changing industry, too.

HARDtalk: Tony Iommi
A regular interview series here with Shaun Ley checking in with Black Sabbath's guitar hero. It covered the usual bases of highs and lows, but there were too many of the usual silly questions which betray the ignorance of the asker. But Iommi did his best, and it was worth seeing.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:25 am

It's all coming to an end this weekend:

Ozzy expects to 'shed a few tears' at Black Sabbath farewell show
The band, who gave birth to heavy metal in the 1970s, are calling it a day with two concerts in their home city of Birmingham this week.
Meanwhile, former keyboardist Geoff Nicholls died from lung cancer. He was 68
Geoff joined Black Sabbath in 1979 and the 1980 album, Heaven and Hell was the group's first record that he appeared on.
He left the band in 1996, before making occasional returns until 2004.
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Post  Adric on Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:16 pm

Black Sabbath Officially Call It Quits After 49 Years (Click headline for full article)

Black Sabbath played what they said was their final-ever gig together last month in their hometown of Birmingham. Fans weren't necessarily worried, though, as bands do this all the time: they announce a farewell tour, release a very last album, and swear that this time it's for real.

But on Tuesday (March 7), Ozzy Osbourne and the gang appeared to make it official, posting their obituary on Facebook with the hashtag, #TheEnd.

Reaction to the news varied widely, with one fan quipping "the Rolling Stones have their final tour every 3 years," while another wrote "Black Sabbath will live on through their recordings for people to discover and enjoy the band for a long time to come."

After nearly a half century together, the group -- which, on its final tour, included singer Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and Tommy Clufetos replacing original drummer Bill Ward -- embarked on their The End Tour in January 2016, putting an end to a 49-year, 19 studio album career that began in Birmingham in 1968.

Sabbath is considered one of the most influential heavy metal acts of all time, putting its stamp on the sound of everyone from Guns N' Roses to Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Foo Fighters, Metallica and the Smashing Pumpkins thanks to such thundering psychedelic hard rock tunes as "Black Sabbath," "Behind the Wall of Sleep," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," "Iron Man" and "Sweet Leaf."

Last June, Osbourne told Billboard he was "having a blast" with the final go-round, though he was in a bit of denial at that point. "Right now I'm OK with it. I'm sure as it starts counting down to five shows left or something, it's gonna be kind of emotional, I think," he said. "I mean, we started off as four guys from Aston who had a dream and it became true beyond our wildest dreams. And then we were manipulated, we were ripped off, we were conned, all of the above. We lost each other within each other, if you like. But it's great to have got this back just to end on a high note, y'know?"
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:58 am

Black Sabbath - The End of The End
Documentary about their final gig in Birmingham in February 2016. Oddly, a lot of the concert was included here, together with brief chats with the three remaining originals, and some studio jamming from a few days after the concert with tracks they didn't do, or haven't done for years. Perhaps the story is so familiar, but it seemed an odd cut & shut kind of documentary.

Black Sabbath - The End
The gig itself, from the Genting Arena in their home city of Birmingham. Most of the recognisable hits, and the odd bit of banter from Ozzy as well as thanking the audience. A remarkable end to 49 years of touring.
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Post  misery guts on Thu May 10, 2018 9:27 am

Larry King Now - Sharon Osbourne
Presumably from last month, she spoke about Ozzy starting a new World Tour soon. They do a weekly Osbournes podcast. It'll be his last World Tour because the travel is too much for him. He's in dispute with the Staples Center because it's owned by the same people as the O2 Arena in London. She misses the old touring days when there was more fun and less to lose. She was drawn to her husband's sense of humour, meeting him in her dad's office. You might be forgiven for thinking Ozzy had never been in Black Sabbath.

Celebrity Damage Control: Ozzy Osbourne
He'll be 70 in December, if he's spared. He had a tough upbringing, but his dad helped out with equipment for his putative band. Black Sabbath hit paydirt with their 2nd album, and then it became a matter of money leading to drugs. There were lawsuits and management troubles. He was fired, but Sharon took over his life and musical journey. He made big solo success, and eventually reunited with his old band for a final successful album and tour.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:00 am

How Black Was Our Sabbath, by Graham Wright & David Tangye
The story of the heavy metal pioneers, up to Ozzy leaving the band around 1980, by two members of the road crew. Their struggles with publicity, their struggles with management, and ultimately their struggles with each other, made this a triumph over adversity, until they finally had to change things up. This 2005 book was able to provide some closure and reconciliation to their story, although their was more to come. It's glum to appreciate how Ozzy's 1st marriage and children are largely obliterated from his story now.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:02 am

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Celebrity Damage Control: Ozzy Osbourne
He'll be 70 in December, if he's spared. 
Happy birthday, then  Very Happy affraid scratch
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:13 am

He's had to postpone dates on his No More Tours II trip because of bronchitis:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-47058651

The Birmingham-born performer was forced to call off the first four nights of his No More Tours 2 due to flu, organisers said.
The former Black Sabbath singer said he has since been diagnosed with bronchitis and cannot risk touring.
Get well soon  Shocked
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Post  misery guts on Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:39 am

Ozzy has had to postpone more dates because he's still unwell. Oh dear  Shocked
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 01, 2019 6:35 am

Ozzy has now managed to reschedule some dates for Jan/Feb 2020  Cool
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:02 am

I did read about a new album coming from Ozzy, but more serious is the confirmation of his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, the latest celebrity sufferer. Given how Billy Connolly, for example, has got on, it's maybe just as well BS already called it a day  Surprised
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Post  misery guts on Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:32 am

Ozzy has further had to cancel his North American tour because it clashes with his need for treatment  Shocked

He does have a new album out this week: Ordinary Man.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:17 am

Tony Iommi has announced he's donating a guitar toward some auction to raise money for an NHS hospital in Birmingham. So many are doing things to help the situation along.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 06, 2020 7:46 am

Dennis Miller Plus One - Jack Osbourne
They talked about his Portals to Hell show. Jack said both his parents are high risk for the pandemic. There's a forthcoming doc, The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne, which Jack has executive produced. His parents approved. It's warts & all, gloves off stuff for 2 hours. Ozzy has Parkinsons, Jack is in the early throes of MS, though he's had no issues with it for 8 years. He was 17 years sober on April 21. Ozzy had pneumonia twice as well as a neck injury in the past year or so.
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