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GEEZER BUTLER – “I’m Working On A New GZR Album And A Book Of Memoirs”

May 15th, 2011

Legendary bassist GEEZER BUTLER (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL), accompanied by Wendy Dio – wife and manager of metal legend and Heaven & Hellbandmate RONNIE JAMES DIO – spoke with Horns Up Rocks! at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods on April 20 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Butler discusses his future plans in the short clip below.

Back in February, Butler Butler has just laid to rest any possibility that the original Black Sabbath – also featuring singer OZZY OSBOURNE, guitarist TONY IOMMI and drummer BILL WARD – will reunite for an album and tour.

Geezer Butler

Geezer Butler

His brief statement reads as follows:

 

“I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely NO reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour.”

 

In late January, Ozzy had told ABC News Radio that he, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward “are in the talking process” regarding a BLACK SABBATH reunion, and even a new album.

 

Osbourne stressed, however, that nothing is definite yet, in part because of the pressure the four of them will face if they make a new record. He said, “the problem that we have is that if we do an album and it’s anything less than where we left off, it’s gonna be a big anti-climax.”

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Remembering Ronnie: A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

May 14th, 2011

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Remembering the Man on the Silver Mountain
Ronnie James Dio

R.I.P. Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

In the many years that I’ve run Metal-Rules.com, I consider myself lucky to have interviewed Ronnie James Dio just once. It was a phone interview and as these things usually go, a label/PR type will call and put you on hold until the artist is ready. Therefore, when I answered my home phone expecting as much, I get a “Hello Geoff, this is Ronnie James Dio”. Being taken so aback, my reaction was not as professional as usual as I admit to doing a little fawning over him. For me, this seemingly simple, yet personal touch left an impression on me. He was very polite and professional and while this was “business as usual” for him, it was anything but for me.

Since the early 80′s when I first got into heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio was there and a part of my musical landscape. The first time I heard him was the song “Holy Diver” with the video airing on Canada’s Much Music’s Power Hour. It is to that album (Holy Diver) that my mind always goes to when I think of Dio. The song has been in my mind and played both on my stereo and on my guitar for many years. After discovering Dio, I also got heavily into his Rainbow material and of course his albums with Black Sabbath. When he rejoined Sabbath in the band “Heaven and Hell”, I was hoping for a few more albums and tours. But sadly, as we all know, this reunion with the Sabs was cut short in May 2010.

Shortly after Ronnie’s passing, the staff members of Metal-Rules.com put their heads together and proposed that in one year we should pay tribute to Ronnie by presenting comments and quotes from artists that worked with him, those that knew him, and those that were influenced by his powerful, huge, and unforgettable voice. Of course I gave my blessing as no metal icon is as deserving of such a tribute.

So here are the interviews clips (video/text) from everyone that we could get in contact with over the past year. Long live heavy metal and long live Ronnie James Dio!

- EvilG – Owner/Editor-in-Chief – Metal-Rules.com

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BLACK SABBATH Guitarist TONY IOMMI’s Autobiography: More Details Revealed

May 2nd, 2011

According to the unofficial BLACK SABBATH web site Black-Sabbath.com, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has set “Iron Man: My Life With Black Sabbath And Beyond” as the title of his memoir. In the U.S., the book will be distributed by Da Capo (Simon & Schuster in the U.K.), which reportedly paid a six-figure amount at auction for the rights.

 

Foundry Literary + Media co-founder Peter McGuigan, who completed the North American rights deal for the book, described Iommi’s autobiography — which has not yet been completed — as: “‘Angela’s Ashes’ meets ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’ meets ‘Spinal Tap’.”

 

In a March 2010 interview with the Birmingham Post, Iommi stated about his upcoming memoir, “I’ve been working on it for a long time. We’ve been so busy for the last couple of years it’s been difficult finding the time to do it. But it’s coming on and hopefully it will be out [soon].” He added, “I’m not going out to blast at everybody, that’s for sure. That’s for the next book!”

 

The name “Tony Iommi” sends shivers down the spines of guitarists around the world. As lead guitarist and songwriter of BLACK SABBATH, Iommi is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades and the inventor of heavy metal. From working class, Midlands roots, his unique playing style — a result of a disfiguring hand injury he suffered working in a sheet metal factory — created a dark and gothic sound unlike anything that had been heard before and which captured the mood of its time. SABBATH went on to become a superband, playing to massive audiences around the world and selling millions of records, and Iommi led the life of a rockstar to the fullest — with the scars from all the drug-fuelled nights of excess and wildness to show for it.

 

“Iron Man: My Life With Black Sabbath And Beyond” will chronicle the story of a band that that Rolling Stone has dubbed “THE BEATLES of heavy metal.” It’s all here. Every escapade associated with hard rock happened to BLACK SABBATH first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the sleazy managers, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.

 

In “Iron Man”, Iommi goes on the record about BLACK SABBATH and recounts his life story in detail and depth.

 

This is the other side of the story, the exclusive account of the life and adventures of one of rock’s greatest heroes.

 

“Iron Man” will reveal the man behind the icon, his humor, intelligence and warmth.

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BLACK SABBATH: ‘Born Again’ Deluxe-Edition Reissue Coming In May

April 10th, 2011
Black Sabbath - Born Again

Black Sabbath - Born Again

Sanctuary has set a May 30 release date for the deluxe-edition reissue of BLACK SABBATH’s “Born Again” album.

 

“Born Again” was the only album by BLACK SABBATH featuring Ian Gillan — who was at the time a solo artist and former singer for DEEP PURPLE — on vocals.

 

Gillan had first turned down the offer to join BLACK SABBATH but his manager later convinced him to a meeting with Iommi and the band’s bass guitarist, Geezer Butler. Iommi and Butler met with Gillan at The Bear public house in Oxford and Gillan officially joined the band in February 1983.

 

Released in October 1983, “Born Again” was a commercial success. It was the highest-charting BLACK SABBATH album in the United Kingdom since “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and became an American Top 40 hit. Despite this, it became the first BLACK SABBATH album to not have any RIAA certification (gold or platinum) in the U.S.

 

“Born Again” deluxe-edition reissue track listing:

 

Disc 1: (marked as “Original Album”)

  1. Trashed
  2. Stonehenge
  3. Disturbing the Priest
  4. The Dark
  5. Zero the Hero
  6. Digital Bitch
  7. Born Again
  8. Hot Line
  9. Keep it Warm

Disc 2:

  1. The Fallen (Previously Unreleased Album Session Outtake)
  2. Stonehenge (Extended Version)Live at the Reading Festival, Saturday August 27 1983
    (BBC Friday Rock Show broadcast):
  3. Hot Line
  4. War Pigs
  5. Black Sabbath
  6. The Dark
  7. Zero the Hero
  8. Digital Bitch
  9. Iron Man
  10. Smoke on the Water
  11. Paranoid

Updated details from black-sabbath.com:
Disc 2 first. The first two tracks are a cool inclusion, especially if you’re not into collecting bootlegs and have never seen them before. The first is an unreleased (officially) track called “The Fallen”. It’s a pretty complete track from the Born Again sessions that was left off. I can see why it was left off, but it’s still a great track, glad it’s finally getting to see the light of day. The other is Stonehenge, which is a 5 minute long version (as opposed to the 1:58 version that’s on the proper album. So that’s cool, too.

The remainder of the tracks on Disc 2 are labeled as being the radio broadcast version of what’s known as the “Paranoid in Reading” bootleg. In all the time I’ve spent running this site, the two things people ask me for more than any other were the Ray Gillen version of Eternal Idol (released last year), and live stuff with Ian Gillan. Also being released on this set. Now those of you who are into bootlegs and things like that will immediately say “Well, what about the rest of the Paranoid at Reading show? The full show is a lot longer than what’s on this disc!” That’s a valid question, and one I raised myself to Universal when they sent me these materials. I asked why not the longer show? The response I was given back was (I’m paraphrasing here) that the longer version that they did have access to was seriously more inferior quality wise to what the BBC had in their archives from the radio broadcast in 1983. They felt it would have been too obvious to mix the two sources to get it all in there, and because the BBC version was so higher in quality, they chose to go with the better quality over the longer track listing. Their exact words were “too much of a contrast!” So that’s that.

Now. Disc 1. Born Again has had a quite legendary status in that the final mix was considered by a lot of people to be poor. Ian Gillan had a few stories where he threw copies out the window, and threw up when he heard it. Or was that the cover? Anyway, the album has been in desperate need of a remix. Even Tony Iommi said as much when he appeared on Bruce Dickinson’s radio show some time ago. Tony said that the album would get a proper remix. It’s something the fans have been clamoring for for ages. So, what’s on this album? The usage of the term “Original Album” could mean one of two things that I can think of. Either it’s a generic term to refer to “Hey, this is the running order the album was like in 1983″, or it could mean that it’s not the famed “remix”, and is a new remastering. It’s impossible to tell from the track listing. None of the materials that were sent to me indicate whether this is remixed, or just remastered.

So I’ve asked again, point blank about this situation, and will have ANOTHER update when I get more on that. Universal’s press guy told me I’m supposed to get the formal press release for the album in the next day or two, so there’s also that forthcoming.

I’ve also requested a review copy, so I can give it a listen and compare it to the original 80′s pressing of the CD I have (from Germany), as well as the 1996 Castle Remastered version. I want to see how they stack up to the new 2011 edition, whether remixed, remastered, or whatever.

More to come…

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black-sabbath.com reports: Armenian Charity Music Information

 

Who Cares

Who Cares

Some months ago there was news that Tony Iommi & Ian Gillan were writing new music, the first new music the two of them have done since 1983 and the Born Again album. Tony & Ian did work together about five years ago on Ian’s then solo album, “Gillan’s Inn”. If you never checked that out, you should. It has a new recording of Trashed on it.

 

But that’s the past. This is new. The project has a name, and it’s called “WhoCares”. The all-star lineup has recorded two new songs. They are to benefit a music school in Gyumri, Armenia.

 

First, the lineup, which is quite impressive.

 

Tony Iommi – Guitars (Black Sabbath)

Ian Gillan – Vocals (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)

Jason Newsted – Bass (Metallica, Voivoid, Flotsam & Jetsam)

Niko McBrain – Drums (Iron Maiden)

Jon Lord – Keyboards (Deep Purple)

Linde Linstrom – Guitars (HIM, a Finnish band)

 

This was all recorded back in September of 2010, and finally we’re getting some details on it. :) The new charity release will consist of two songs. The names of the songs are called “Out of My Mind” & “Holy Water”. This will all be out worldwide on May 6th. The primary distribution format will be digital. Meaning your iTunes of the world, that kind of thing. There will be a physical media presence with the release, too. There will be a very limited press run of 7″ vinyl for the album (a total of 1,000 copies), and a CD version. The CD will have a video, and a 30 minute documentary on the making of the songs.

 

None of this is yet available for pre-order, but when it is, I will make sure and get that information out for sure. Below is some text from earMUSIC, the folks who are distributing the release about all this:

 

What hides behind this new band name is in fact the renewed musical union between legendary Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, with none other than Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi: the undisputed master of heavy guitar riffs.

 

The duo has recorded two brand new songs with the intent to support the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. Both Gillan and Iommi have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988 at 11:41am.

 

The collaboration of Gillan and Iommi, who have worked together before on the Sabbath album “Born Again”, is in itself an incredible news for all rock and metal fans and will be the best of surprises to get to know who is completing the band:None other than Jon Lord on keyboard (“Mr. Hammond”, partner with Gillan on all the Deep Purple classics), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, ex Metallica bass player Jason Newsted and HIM guitar player Linde Lindström are also featured on the two new songs.

 

WhoCares will release the 2 new songs on digital download and limited edition CD single on May 6th 2011: ‘Out of My Mind’ (and epic hard rock classic, destined to remain in time as a hard rock milestone) and ‘Holy Water’. The CD single will also contain the video clip of ‘Out Of My Mind’ and a 40-minute documentary that shows Gillan’s and Iommi’s involvement with the Armenia cause over the years.

 

There is no doubt that this is the most impressive rock ensemble ever to release new material in 2011.

 

Ian Gillan said: “The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done. It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer. The other guys need no introduction do they…”

 

Tony Iommi added:”Some twenty years ago when the call came, I thought, well at least I’ve helped, but it was going to Armenia and seeing the actual devastation caused by the earthquake that really made me realise that funds were still needed. Despite all the money that was raised last time, here was a music school doing their best, forgotten, in basic tin sheds. After the warmth and honour bestowed upon us during our visit, we just had to help make a difference and get the school re-built. And what better way than to hook up with some of rock’s greatest players and my old mate Ian, both an honour and a pleasure.”

 

There is also a video promo out now in which you can hear some of the new tunes. Check it out below:

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Former/Present Members Of BLACK SABBATH, HAMMERFALL, KING DIAMOND, VENOM Launch Supergroup

March 1st, 2011
Magnus Rosn, Tony Martin, Andy LaRocque

Magnus Rosn, Tony Martin, Andy LaRocque

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, ex-HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén and KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque have launched an all-star project that also features drummer Danny Needham (VENOM).

The as-yet-unnamed four-piece are currently writing material at LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden and in England.

The foursome stress: “This all-star band is not a project! It’s a band!”

Check out a photo below of Rosén, Martin and LaRocque in Sweden in late February. Martin held two workshops in Göteborg and Falköping, Sweden at Rosén’s Musikstationen and Musikskolan respectively. According to Rosén, “Tony Martin was a hit with his tales from the ten years he played with Black Sabbath. He also talked about his way of singing, plus even had a little live performance.”

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GEEZER BUTLER SQUASHES RUMORS OF BLACK SABBATH REUNION

February 17th, 2011

Feb. 17, LOS ANGELES — Responding to ongoing rumors surrounding a possible Black Sabbath reunion, Geezer Butler has issued the following statement:   “I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely no reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour.”

Geezer Butler with Heaven and Hell - Live in Helsinki (2006)

Geezer Butler with Heaven and Hell - Live in Helsinki (2006)

Butler’s most recent musical outing was with Heaven & Hell, a four piece featuring Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi as well as one time Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.  The band released Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell in November of 2010.   www.geezerbutler.com

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Ozzy Osbourne with Halford – Toronto, Nov.27, 2010

January 27th, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne with Halford

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

Saturday, November 27, 2010  7:30pm

Review and pics: EvilG

Thanks thanks to Chipter PR!

OZZY with Halford in Toronto

When I heard that two of heavy metal’s founding fathers were hitting the road together, it was a given that I’d have to travel from the end of the earth to civilization to catch the tour.
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OZZY OSBOURNE Says BLACK SABBATH “Are In The Talking Process” Regarding Reunion, New Album

January 24th, 2011

Ozzy Ozbourne and Tony Iommi

93 X Rocks are reporting that OZZY OSBOURNE has revealed to ABC News Radio that he, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward “are in the talking process” regarding a BLACK SABBATH reunion, and even a new album.

Osbourne stressed, however, that nothing is definite yet, in part because of the pressure the four of them will face if they make a new record. He said, “the problem that we have is that if we do an album and it’s anything less than where we left off, it’s gonna be a big anti-climax.”

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BLACK SABBATH “LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON” 3-LP 180 GRAM VINYL OUT NOW

January 12th, 2011
Black Sabbath "Live At Hammersmith Odeon"

Black Sabbath "Live At Hammersmith Odeon"

Heavy Metal legends Black Sabbath have released BLACK SABBATH: LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON, a 3-LP 180 gram vinyl with a triple gatefold packaging. This release is limited to 3,000 numbered copies and is a Metal Club exclusive, so make sure to snatch yours up at a participating retailer now before it sells out!

Black Sabbath: Live At Hammersmith Odeon features Ronnie James Dio, Tommy Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Vinny Appice LIVE at Hammersmith Odeon in January 1982 during Black Sabbath’s tour for The Mob Rules.

Available for the first time on limited-edition numbered vinyl, the concert spotlights Black Sabbath as they storm through 14 of the Dio-era’s best including, “Neon Knights,” “Heaven And Hell,” “Children Of The Sea” and “Country Girl.” The band also performs several pre-Dio classics including, “Paranoid,” “Children Of The Grave” and a white-hot version of “War Pigs.”

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Metal Club is a group of record stores throughout the US and Canada that work to connect the vibrant metal community with their local record store. Fans will be able to visit their local Metal Club store for special metal promotional pieces, exciting in-store events, and a series of exclusive Metal Club releases. Please visit www.mymetalclub.com for store locations, news and information on other Metal Club releases.

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BLACK SABBATH – Dehumanizer Special Edition Details

December 16th, 2010
BLACK SABBATH - Dehumanizer

BLACK SABBATH - Dehumanizer

According to BLACK SABBATH News, Universal/Sanctuary has set a February 7th release date for the Deluxe Edition of Black Sabbath’s Dehumanizer. Originally released in 1992, the album to feature the vocals of the late, great Ronnie James Dio since 1981′s Mob Rules. With a line-up completed by founder members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, and drumming duties carried out by Vinny Appice, Dehumanizer is arguably one of Sabbath’s heaviest albums.

This edition is expanded with the single edit of ‘Master Of Insanity’, an alternate version of ‘Letters From Earth’ that originally appeared as the b-side to the ‘TV Crimes’ single, and a version of ‘Time Machine’ originally recorded for the soundtrack to the movie Wayne’s World. In addition, the set also includes five rare live tracks from Florida’s Sundome recorded at the beginning of the Dehumanizer tour in July 1992, including a previously unreleased live version of ‘Master Of Insanity’.

The set includes liner notes from Metal Hammer/BW&BK’s Dom Lawson, based on new interviews with Tony Iommi.

Tracklistings:

Disc One (Original Album 1992)
‘Computer God’
‘After All (The Dead)’
‘TV Crimes’
‘Letters From Earth’
‘Master of Insanity’
‘Time Machine’
‘Sins of the Father’
‘Too Late’
‘I’
‘Buried Alive’

Disc Two (Bonus Tracks)
‘Master Of Insanity’ (Single Edit)
‘Letters From Earth’ (B-Side Version)
‘Time Machine’ (Wayne’s World Version)

Live at The Sundome in ampa, Florida; July 25th, 1992:
‘Children Of The Sea’
‘Die Young’
‘TV Crimes’
‘Master Of Insanity’
‘Neon Knights’

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BLACK SABBATH – New 1970 Live Soundboard Recording

December 12th, 2010

The Metal Den has obtained a never before circulated 1970 soundboard recording of BLACK SABBATH performing “Hand of Doom”. The classic track comes off the group’s legendary Paranoid album which was released in September of 1970.
The exact date and location of this newly discovered concert audio is not yet known by rock historians. However, this recording is being touted already by many as the greatest sounding BLACK SABBATH bootleg ever discovered.

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Black Sabbath Announces Metal Club Exclusive Release

December 9th, 2010
Black Sabbath "Live At Hammersmith Odeon"

Black Sabbath "Live At Hammersmith Odeon"

Heavy Metal legends Black Sabbath have joined the club, Metal Club that is.  BLACK SABBATH: LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON, a 3-LP 180 gram vinyl with a triple gatefold packaging, will be released on 1/11/11.  This release will be limited to 3,000 numbered copies and is a Metal Club exclusive, so make sure to snatch yours up at a participating retailer as soon as it’s available!

Black Sabbath: Live At Hammersmith Odeon features Ronnie James Dio, Tommy Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Vinny Appice LIVE at Hammersmith Odeon in January 1982 during Black Sabbath’s tour for The Mob Rules.

Available for the first time on limited-edition numbered vinyl, the concert spotlights Black Sabbath as they storm through 14 of the Dio-era’s best including, “Neon Knights,” “Heaven And Hell,” “Children Of The Sea” and “Country Girl.”  The band also performs several pre-Dio classics including, “Paranoid,” “Children Of The Grave” and a white-hot version of “War Pigs.”

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KEEL – Vocalist Ron Keel

November 16th, 2010

 RON KEEL

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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Keel is an American hard rock / metal band originally formed in 1984 in Los Angeles. The band is best known for their rock anthem "The Right to Rock" and their mid 80’s success albums THE RIGHT TO ROCK and FINAL FRONTIER which both were produced by KISS bassist Gene Simmons. Their classic lineup included vocalist Ron Keel, guitarists Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay, bassist Kenny Chaisson and drummer Dwain Miller and they stayed together until 1988 when Ferrari and Jay decided to leave the group. The band replaced them with keyboardist Scott Warren and guitarist Tony Palmucci and managed to release one more album LARGER THAN LIVE before they slowly disbanded in late 1989. The classic lineup did a brief reunion in 1988 and released a collection of unreleased material under album title BACK IN ACTION but it wasn’t until 2008 before they made a decent return. The new Keel studio album STREETS OF ROCK’N ROLL saw the light of day in early 2010.  I had the pleasure to sit down with Ron Keel in Stockholm in September of 2010 and discuss the reunion, the future of Keel, and various other topics including Ron Keel’s other bands and projects: Fair Game, Iron Horse, Saber Tiger,  Ron’s country music years and working with Gene in the 80’s and… read on !

 

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ROB HALFORD – My Favorite BLACK SABBATH Album Is…

November 3rd, 2010
Rob Halford

Rob Halford

JUDAS PRIEST singer ROB HALFORD spoke with Steve Newton from Straight.com recently about his upcoming dates opening for BLACK SABBATH singer OZZY OSBOURNE. When asked what his fave Black Sabbath album was, the Metal God chose the band’s scary self-titled debut from 1970.

“It took 24 hours to make,” he says, “believe it or not, but the sound is absolutely mindblowing. If you just listen to the sound, how they were able to do that work in such a short space of time is extraordinary.

“I think a lot of musicians agree that generally your first record is very, very important,” he adds, “because you’re really coming from a very pure, new, uncluttered source. You’ve got nothing to prove because you’ve proved nothing yet; you haven’t really got a massive fanbase, so you’re searching to build that. Your record company’s not interfering with your music as they tend to do when you become successful—same with managers, agents, promoters. You’re really coming into your existence at a different level.

“If you look back at the history of your favourite band, generally the first couple are the ones that really kind of grab you. So that’s why I feel that first Sabbath album for me—much like Sad Wings of Destiny for Judas Priest—is a very important release.”

Halford has performed as the vocalist for Black Sabbath at three shows. He replaced Ronnie James Dio for two nights in November 1992, when Dio elected not to open a show for Ozzy Osbourne. Halford also replaced Osbourne in Black Sabbath on August 25, 2004 (his 53rd birthday) at an Ozzfest show in Camden, New Jersey, since Osbourne could not perform due to bronchitis.

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HEAVEN & HELL: Neon Nights DVD – ‘Children Of The Sea’ Preview Clip Online

October 27th, 2010

HEAVEN & HELL: Neon Nights will be released on November 16th via Eagle Rock. This DVD and CD release captures the historic four-man army performing at the Wacken Open Air Festival on July 30th, 2009. A clip of the band performing the BLACK SABBATH classic ‘Children Of The Sea’ can be viewed below:

Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

Neon Nights - 30 Years Of HEAVEN & HELL - Live At Wacken CD, DVD Due In November 2010

On this hot summer night, vocalist RONNIE JAMES DIO, guitarist TONY IOMMI, bassist GEEZER BUTLER, and drummer VINNY APPICE commanded the stage, transcending the mere concept of a heavy metal concert. The strength and veracity of Dio’s delivery, which has inspired three generations of metal vocalists, wrapped itself around each and every audience member. Butler’s declarative bass lines, Iommi’s legendary riffing, and Appice’s unrelenting fills provide the forceful heartbeat behind anthems ‘Mob Rules’, ‘Die Young’, ‘Neon Knights’, and namesake tune ‘Heaven And Hell’.

The DVD also boasts 30th anniversary interviews with all four band members as a bonus feature. Personal one-on-one’s are conducted with Ronnie, Tony, Geezer, and Vinny as they reflect on the making of their Heaven And Hell album. Additionally, the Neon Nights DVD has newly recorded personal tributes from Iommi, Appice, and Butler in memory of Dio.

Tracklisting:

DVD:

‘E5150′

‘The Mob Rules’

‘Children Of The Sea’

‘I’

‘Bible Black’

‘Time Machine’

‘Fear’

‘Falling Off The Edge Of The World’

‘Follow The Tears’

‘Die Young’

‘Heaven And Hell’

Encore:

‘Country Girl’

‘Neon Knights’

CD:

‘The Mob Rules’

‘Children Of The Sea’

‘I’

‘Bible Black’

‘Time Machine’

‘Fear’

‘Falling Off The Edge Of The World’

‘Follow The Tears’

‘Die Young’

‘Heaven And Hell’

‘Neon Knights’

The official release and viewing party for Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights new CD/DVD will take place on Friday, November 12th at Duff’s Brooklyn (168 Marcy Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Free CDs and DVDs will be distributed courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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