Showing posts with label black sabbath. Show all posts
Showing posts with label black sabbath. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Black Sabbath have one last album left in them

There's going to be one last Black Sabbath album, according to Ozzy:

"So we're going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour 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**king 21 any more, if we're going to do it I want to do it before I'm 70!'
As you can tell, this will be a vital work of art which is going to happen because of the creative impetus and not, in any way, just happening because Sharon Osborne wants to see if she can get all the members in the same place at the same time, like some sort of metal equivalent of one of these:

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Twittergem: Capsule review

I think I know this one, right? Fogged off?


Monday, March 04, 2013

Eurovision 2013: Armenia bags Iommi

Tony Iommi - yes, the one out of Black Sabbath - has apparently written Armenia's entry for Eurovision this year.

Apparently, Iommi's authorship of Gor Sujyan’s Lonely Planet "has been kept a secret for a while". It's not entirely clear if this is at Sujyan or Iommi's behest.

I can think of no reason why anyone involved in that would feel any less ashamed than anyone else.

[via @WorldOfChig]

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What can Black Sabbath teach the Church of England?

Both the CofE and Sabbath have stuff in common: venerable institutions back in the past, now well past their level of usefulness and run purely as cash-cows by dubious characters. So it's not so crazy that the Reverend Rachel Mann has suggested the church could take a lesson from the Sabbath. The Register has details:

“As both priest and metal musician and fan, it strikes me that the Church, especially at this agonized time, has a serious gospel lesson to learn from this darkest and heaviest music.”
“The music’s willingness to deal with nihilistic and, on occasion, extremely unpleasant subjects seems to offer its fans a space to accept others in a way that shames many Christians," she says.

She adds that parish councils across the land may want to emulate the ways of the headbanger, who she describes as generally “graceful, welcoming and gentle”.
Archbishop Ronan Williams was unavailable for comment, because he was still trying to bite the head of a bat in a bid to unify the African and North American wings of Anglicanism.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Iommi tries to save his hands

Tomy Iommi has, effectively, buggered his hands with years of heavy-riffing, and now he's turned to stem cells to see if he can reverse the problem:

“I’ve had this problem with my hand and I’ve had this stem-cell treatment on it,” Iommi told the BBC Radio 2 Radcliffe and Maconie Show. “The cartilage [was worn out between] the joints, and the joints [were] rubbing on the joints. It was bone to bone and it was getting a bit painful.”

It turns out that there's a load of injuries guitarists get:
The Robens Centre for Health Ergonomics at the University of Surrey has researched musculoskeletal disorders that affect electric guitar players.

Peter Buckle said: “We have found a whole set of injuries affecting the hand, arms and wrist which you would normally associate with working on a hard, fast production line.

“Strain injuries result from overexertion and the way that guitarists hold their instruments. The temptation for younger musicians is to press too hard on the strings and try to force the frets.

“Holding the instrument away from the body to excite an audience may look good but it can put a huge pressure on the shoulder and upper arms.”

And that's before you factor in the splinters from all that guitar-smashing.

Our musicians end up with bad backs, blown ears, useless hands and - well, god alone knows what's happened to Ozzy, but that. Perhaps the money from downloads should be going direct to special hospitals rather than to fund their swimming pools?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

When Ozzy met Tony

A meeting of minds: Tony Blair coming across Ozzy Osbourne:

"I met Tony Blair a couple of years ago, and he said to me, 'I was in a band once, and I could never get the riff to 'Iron Man' right,'" recalled Osbourne. "I thought, 'Why are you telling me about 'Iron Man' when there's a war going on?'"

To be fair, though, Ozzy, he's hardly likely to ask a man who sleepwalked his way through a reality TV show about non-endogenous growth policy, is he?

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Another Sunday: Ozzy open to more Sabbath

Ozzy Osbourne, the man from the margarine adverts, is apparently open to the idea of spreading a new Black Sabbath album across the world. Providing it's worth doing, of course:

"I'm still on for an album and a tour with them, but we have no [new material written]," he said. "It would be so easy for us to get in and out of a studio and make an album. But if it's not up to the par of when I left, why do it? It will destroy the fucking legacy of Black Sabbath, and the legend of Black Sabbath. I haven't dropped the idea, because Tony and I are talking alright about it. I haven't abandoned the idea — like, 'If my album does well, fuck Black Sabbath.' It's what I want to do. We have repaired some of the damage between each other, and now, I'd like to do a really good fucking Black Sabbath album."

You have to wonder if he applied the same rules to the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercials - "I'm not doing the one about baked potatoes unless it's up to the standards of the fucking toast one, man."

Meanwhile, Osbourne worries about the young people and the state of music today. And old bands trying to sell young:
"The bottom line is, these younger bands, there's no structure to the songs," Ozzy said. "They just play angry, which is fine. But there are so many people who come from my era, who try to sound like one of these young bands, and the press just tears 'em a new butt."

Well, what are you without standards, eh? It's like having the bravery to walk away from the idea of a fifth pointless series of The Osbournes, isn't it?