History Music / BlackSabbath

10th Oct '17 2:13:39 PM MarkLungo
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Their first two albums: ''Black Sabbath'' and ''Music/{{Paranoid}}'' (both released in 1970) brought them great popularity with songs like "Black Sabbath," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," and "Iron Man." Due to their darker style, they initially received no radio play, and ''Vertigo Records'' had to bribe radio stations to play "Iron Man," which scraped the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates US]] charts. Their next albums: ''Master of Reality'' and ''Volume 4'' spawned a new batch of classics, such as "Sweet Leaf," "Children of the Grave," "Into the Void," "Supernaut," and "Snowblind." It wasn't until their fifth album: ''Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'', that they finally got positive reviews from the mainstream media (although critics have reversed themselves and [[VindicatedByHistory retroactively praised]] the other four albums).

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Their first two albums: ''Black Sabbath'' and ''Music/{{Paranoid}}'' (both released in 1970) brought them great popularity with songs like "Black Sabbath," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," and "Iron Man." Due to their darker style, they initially received no radio play, and ''Vertigo Records'' Creator/VertigoRecords had to bribe radio stations to play "Iron Man," which scraped the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates US]] charts. Their next albums: ''Master of Reality'' and ''Volume 4'' spawned a new batch of classics, such as "Sweet Leaf," "Children of the Grave," "Into the Void," "Supernaut," and "Snowblind." It wasn't until their fifth album: ''Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'', that they finally got positive reviews from the mainstream media (although critics have reversed themselves and [[VindicatedByHistory retroactively praised]] the other four albums).
20th Sep '17 3:14:48 PM CassandraLeo
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** The band members have [[TheRashomon disagreed]] on whether "War Pigs" is a protest against the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar or not, especially since it was originally written as "Walpurgis" and had lyrics about a literal Black Sabbath. On one occasion, Ozzy stated that the band "knew nothing about Vietnam, it's just an anti-war song", but Geezer claimed "it was totally against the Vietnam War, about how these rich politicians and rich people start all the wars for their benefit and get all the poor people to die for them," and the record company made them change the name of the album for fear of being criticized by supporters of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.

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** The band members have [[TheRashomon disagreed]] on whether "War Pigs" is a protest against the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar or not, especially since it was originally written as "Walpurgis" and had lyrics about a literal Black Sabbath. On one occasion, Ozzy stated that the band "knew nothing about Vietnam, it's just an anti-war song", but Geezer claimed "it was totally against the Vietnam War, about how these rich politicians and rich people start all the wars for their benefit and get all the poor people to die for them," and the record company made them change the name of the album for fear of being criticized by supporters of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. (It is worth noting that Butler wrote most of the band's lyrics, including the ones for "War Pigs". The only song on ''Paranoid'' for which he didn't write lyrics was "Fairies Wear Boots"; Ozzy wrote those.)
26th Apr '17 1:32:45 PM SnowHesher
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On February 4, 2017 the band played their final show ever at Genting Arena in Birmingham, U.K.
2nd Apr '17 11:57:01 AM hack-normal
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Black Sabbath is a band from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham,]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] who are widely considered to be the first HeavyMetal band (Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple, and Music/BlueCheer are also cited, but Sabbath is the most common) formed by singer [[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]], guitarist Tony Iommi (who briefly joined Music/JethroTull in 1968), bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.

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Black Sabbath is was a band from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham,]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] who are widely considered to be the first HeavyMetal band (Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple, and Music/BlueCheer are also cited, but Sabbath is the most common) formed by singer [[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]], guitarist Tony Iommi (who briefly joined Music/JethroTull in 1968), bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.



* '''''Terrence "Geezer" Butler''''' - bass, vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, nose flute (196885, 199094, 19972006, 2011)

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* '''''Terrence "Geezer" Butler''''' - bass, vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, nose flute (196885, 199094, 19972006, 2011)20112017)



* '''''Tony Iommi''''' - guitar, vocals, flute, synthesizer, piano, mellotron, harpsichord, organ, bagpipes, harp (19682006, 2011)

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* '''''Tony Iommi''''' - guitar, vocals, flute, synthesizer, piano, mellotron, harpsichord, organ, bagpipes, harp (19682006, 2011)20112017)



* '''''[[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]]''''' - lead vocals, harmonica, synthesizer (196877, 197879, 19972006, 2011)

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* '''''[[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]]''''' - lead vocals, harmonica, synthesizer (196877, 197879, 19972006, 2011)20112017)
10th Feb '17 4:47:40 AM gewunomox
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Existed since 1968. Since then, they've gone through a veritable menagerie of singers, bassists, and drummers, not counting touring members. Tony Iommi is the only constant member. They've gone through so many members, they have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Black_Sabbath_members their own Wikipedia page dedicated to chronicling their gazillion and a half band members.]]

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Existed since 1968. Since then, they've gone through a veritable menagerie of singers, bassists, and drummers, not counting touring members. Tony Iommi is the only constant member. They've gone through so many members, they have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Black_Sabbath_members org/wiki/List_of_Black_Sabbath_band_members their own Wikipedia page dedicated to chronicling their gazillion and a half band members.]]
10th Dec '16 9:20:28 PM Xtifr
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'''Black Sabbath''' is a band from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham,]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] who are widely considered to be the first HeavyMetal band (Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple, and Music/BlueCheer are also cited, but Sabbath is the most common) formed by singer [[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]], guitarist Tony Iommi (who briefly joined Music/JethroTull in 1968), bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.

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'''Black Sabbath''' Black Sabbath is a band from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham,]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] who are widely considered to be the first HeavyMetal band (Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple, and Music/BlueCheer are also cited, but Sabbath is the most common) formed by singer [[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]], guitarist Tony Iommi (who briefly joined Music/JethroTull in 1968), bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.
8th Nov '16 7:05:57 PM dlchen145
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* {{Determinator}}: Tony Iommi. First he loses 2 fingertips on his fretting hand -- no big deal, melt down soap bottles to make fake ones and tune your guitar down half a step [[note]] For those of you who aren't music-savvy, musical notes are assigned letters from A - G with sharps (#) or flats (b) assigned to notes halfway between the "standard" notes with the exceptions of B and E (so A, B, and C would be going up full steps, while A, A#, B, C, C# would be counting the half-steps). If a note passes G# or A, it cycles forward to an A or back to a G# respectively, albeit one octave higher/lower... Anyway, guitars are normally tuned from the thickest to thinnest strings to the notes of E-A-D-G-B-E, so the half-step down would be tuned to D#-G#-C#-F#-A#-D#, which has less tension to work with, making fretting / bending the strings easier for someone with less strength in those fingers while unintentionally making the music sound "darker" due to the lower notes. And now you know.[[/note]] (and create music history in the process). Then some 50 years later he gets lymphoma. No big deal, go back to England to continue treatment, ship your bandmates out there with you so you can still work on the album, ''and still plan to tour that summer''. {{Badass}} incarnate right there.

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* {{Determinator}}: Tony Iommi. First he loses 2 fingertips on his fretting hand -- no big deal, melt down soap bottles to make fake ones and tune your guitar down half a step [[note]] For those of you who aren't music-savvy, musical notes are assigned letters from A - G with sharps (#) or flats (b) assigned to notes halfway between the "standard" notes with the exceptions of B and E (so A, B, and C would be going up full steps, while A, A#, B, C, C# would be counting the half-steps). If a note passes G# or A, it cycles forward to an A or back to a G# respectively, albeit one octave higher/lower... Anyway, guitars are normally tuned from the thickest to thinnest strings to the notes of E-A-D-G-B-E, so the half-step down would be tuned to D#-G#-C#-F#-A#-D#, which has less tension to work with, making fretting / bending the strings easier for someone with less strength in those fingers while unintentionally making the music sound "darker" due to the lower notes. And now you know.[[/note]] (and create music history in the process). Then some 50 years later he gets lymphoma. No big deal, go back to England to continue treatment, ship your bandmates out there with you so you can still work on the album, ''and still plan to tour that summer''. {{Badass}} Badass incarnate right there.
22nd Oct '16 4:36:50 PM WhatArtThee
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'''Black Sabbath''' is a band from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham,]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] who are considered to be the pioneers of HeavyMetal (sharing credit with Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple, and Music/BlueCheer but to much greater degrees of acclaim,) formed by singer [[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]], guitarist Tony Iommi (who briefly joined Music/JethroTull in 1968), bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.

They started out in 1968 as a blues band called ''Earth'' until changing their style to a darker tone. Apocryphally, this was the result of one of the band members seeing a queue for a horror film at a cinema and commenting on how people pay to be scared. Their name did actually come from a 1963 horror movie named ''Film/BlackSabbath,'' starring Creator/BorisKarloff. Their sound has naturally changed over the decades. Their two most celebrated eras, the "classic" years (1969-1974) and the early Dio years (1980-1982), are marked by massive changes to the sound. For the classic era, they dabbled extensively with BluesRock, Jazz Rock, PsychedelicRock, early DoomMetal, and, of course, HeavyMetal. For the Dio era, they took up a more PowerMetal and traditional metal stance with some instances of SpeedMetal and vestiges of blues metal.

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'''Black Sabbath''' is a band from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham,]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] who are widely considered to be the pioneers of first HeavyMetal (sharing credit with Music/LedZeppelin, band (Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple, and Music/BlueCheer are also cited, but to much greater degrees of acclaim,) Sabbath is the most common) formed by singer [[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]], guitarist Tony Iommi (who briefly joined Music/JethroTull in 1968), bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.

They started out in 1968 as a blues band called ''Earth'' until changing their style to a darker tone. Apocryphally, this was the result of one of the band members seeing a queue for a horror film at a cinema and commenting on how people pay to be scared. Their name did actually come from a 1963 horror movie named ''Film/BlackSabbath,'' starring Creator/BorisKarloff. Their sound has naturally changed over the decades. Their two most celebrated eras, the "classic" years (1969-1974) (1969-1975) and the early Dio years (1980-1982), are marked by massive changes to the sound. For the classic era, they dabbled extensively with BluesRock, Jazz Rock, PsychedelicRock, early DoomMetal, and, of course, HeavyMetal. For the Dio era, they took up a more PowerMetal and traditional metal stance with some instances of SpeedMetal and vestiges of blues metal.
17th Oct '16 9:36:09 PM MeatWisdom
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* UnPerson: As a result of the "unsignable contract" incident, the band's marketing team and/or management mostly go out of their way to pretend Bill Ward never existed by airbrushing him out of old photos. According to Ward, what happened was that during the band's 11/11/11 reunion announcement (ie the press conference that featured all four members), Bill hadn't yet signed a contract for the subsequent ''13'' album and tour (but did the press conference anyway because he assumed it would get resolved), and he was featured in promotions for upcoming gigs. Bill requested to the powers that be that he be removed from the promotional material so as not to confuse anybody. They responded by twisting his words and removing him from pretty much ''everything.''

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* UnPerson: As a result of the "unsignable contract" incident, the band's marketing team and/or management mostly go out of their way to pretend Bill Ward never existed by airbrushing him out of old photos. According to Ward, what happened was that during the band's 11/11/11 reunion announcement (ie the press conference that featured all four members), Bill hadn't yet signed a contract for the subsequent ''13'' album and tour (but did the press conference anyway because he assumed it would get resolved), and he was featured in promotions for upcoming gigs. Bill requested to the powers that be that he be removed from the promotional material so as not to confuse anybody. They responded by twisting his words and removing removed him from pretty much ''everything.''
17th Oct '16 9:32:45 PM MeatWisdom
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* UnPerson: As a result of the "unsignable contract" incident, the band's marketing team and/or management mostly go out of their way to pretend Bill Ward never existed by airbrushing him out of old photos. According to Ward, what happened was that during the band's 11/11/11 reunion announcement (ie the press conference that featured all four members), Bill hadn't yet signed a contract for the subsequent ''13'' album and tour (but did the press conference anyway because he assumed it would get resolved), and he was featured in promotions for upcoming gigs. Bill requested to the powers that be that he be removed from the promotional material so as not to confuse anybody. They responded by twisting his words and removing him from pretty much ''everything.''
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