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Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band that formed in 1968. Originally comprised of guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward, the group initially called itself Earth, but changed its name in 1969. Iommi... ... read more

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Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band that formed in 1968. Originally comprised of guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward, the group initially called itself Earth, but changed its name in 1969. Iommi remains the band’s only constant presence over its long history.

Creating an ominous, dark sound inspired by occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath is considered a pioneer of heavy metal. The self-titled Black Sabbath debut album was released in 1970. It reached No. 8 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 23 on the Billboard 200. Certified platinum, Black Sabbath took the band on an early road to success.

Over the next 20 years, Black Sabbath albums were recorded at a dizzying pace: Paranoid (1970), Master of Reality (1971), Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), Never Say Die! (1978), Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981), Born Again (1983), Seventh Star (1986), The Eternal Idol (1987), Headless Cross (1989). In the 90s, Black Sabbath recorded studio albums Tyr (1990), Dehumanizer (1992), Cross Purposes (1994), Forbidden (1995), and 13 (2013). Some of the most popular Black Sabbath songs include “Iron Man,” “N.I.B.,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid.”

Throughout the release of numerous records, Black Sabbath’s core often changed. Osborn was dismissed from the group in 1979 due to his heavy drug use. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Other vocalists who joined the group include Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, and Tony Martin, with multiple musicians from Rainbow filling the instrumental ranks at times. Osborn eventually returned for the group's 2013 studio album release.

It’s not always easy to catch the original Black Sabbath members on the same stage. But after years of breakups, band members Iommi, Butler, and Osbourne are back together for the Black Sabbath tour. Be sure to check for Black Sabbath tickets today!

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