You can’t judge a book by its cover, an old saying goes. The same is true for albums. The FW has recently created a list of the 50 Worst Album Covers, and we here at Ultimate Classic Rock were shocked to discover three of our favorite artists had made the final cut.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed he was “extremely nervous” before the band’s first concert since his recent lymphoma battle, explaining he wasn’t sure he’d have the endurance to make it through an entire set.
Black Sabbath didn’t say much in response to original drummer Bill Ward’s decision not to accept the financial terms offered to him for a reunion tour and album. However, the fact that they’ve removed him from seemingly all of the vintage images on their new website seems to make a pretty clear statement.
Black Sabbath have released a brief statement in response to Bill Ward’s lengthy statement from earlier in the week. In his lengthy screed, the band’s original drummer declaring that his “final effort” to reach an agreement that would enable him to join the band’s upcoming reunion shows had failed.
A 14-song collection of Black Sabbath‘s biggest hits will be released in the U.K. on June 4. According to multiple media sources, ‘Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath’ will include cuts from the metal band’s first eight albums.
Ozzy Osbourne‘s ‘Ozzy’s Boneyard’ radio channel has officially launched on SiriusXM. In an interview on the station, the Prince of Darkness wasted no time addressing his Black Sabbath partner Tony Iommi‘s current cancer battle, joking that he told the guitarist “if he dies, I’m gonna kill him.”
Drummer Bill Ward’s withdrawal from Black Sabbath‘s reunion album and tour due to his displeasure with the contract situation continues to be a hot topic. Ward’s son Aron issued a lengthy Facebook post about the subsequent media frenzy over Ward’s self-imposed exile, hoping to set the record straight and prevent the press and fans from further pouncing upon his father.
As the reunited Sabbath moves forward with a new album and tour, Iommi will be armed with two new replicas of the trusty guitar made specifically for him by a craftsman in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England.
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler says Tony Iommi is inspiring the rest of the band to work harder as they rehearse new songs for their upcoming album. The guitarist has already written two songs since being diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this month.
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