Metalhammer.com have reported:
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told Metal Hammer that Black Sabbath‘s headline appearance at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival at London’s Hyde Park might be the British metal institution’s final gig.
The July 4 show, the closing date on the band’s summer 2014 tour, will see Sabbath headline above Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead and Soulfly on the festival’s main stage. And according to Iommi, it could be the end of the road for the legendary band.
“It could be the last ever Sabbath show,” the guitarist admits. “I don’t want it to be, but there’s nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really. To be honest I don’t want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad.”
Iommi has been undergoing medical treatment since being diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012. The guitarist completed his treatment in March and is now awaiting an update on his condition.
“I’m at a stage now where I have no support, which means I have to see whether the cancer is coming back or if it’s still there or what,” he says. “I just don’t know. It’s a bit of a worry. After we finish this tour I’ll go in and have scan, so we’ll see what that shows up.”
“But the show at Hyde Park will a great way to end the European tour,” he says. “It has a really great bill, with a really good mix of people. We haven’t made any specific plans as the gig is a way off yet, but I think it’ll be special.”
As announced via their official Facebook page, metal legends BLACK SABBATH are set to headline Hyde Park, London on 4th July, details below:
“London, brace yourselves. Black Sabbath will be headlining Hyde Park July 4th! It’s the rock royalty event of the summer, with Soundgarden and special guests Faith No More, Official Motörhead, Soulfly and many more.”
Tickets on sale 9am April 4th here: http://bitly.com/Sabbath_Hyde
According to Classicrockmagazine.com Ozzy Osbourne’s Buckinghamshire mansion was among the homes badly damaged during England’s recent extreme weather, he’s revealed.
Around 6000 homes were swamped by heavy rain during the wettest winter on record, with the average repair bill estimated at £30,000.
But Osbourne and wife Sharon face a payout of ten times that sum – even though they won’t be allowed to start work until the end of the year.
The BLACK SABBATH frontman tells the Daily Mail: “It’s been completely flooded. The rain has battered down the walls and seeped through everything. There’s water everywhere.
“We’ve been told it’s going to cost £300,000 to repair – but we can’t go about getting it fixed because it’s going to take nine months to dry out.
“The place is ruined.”
The Osbournes have relocated to their LA home until the fix-up job can be completed.
In the video below, BLACK SABBATH drum legend Bill Ward gives a deeper look into his art piece ‘Sound Shock’ from his art debut. The piece reflects how his perception has been altered from years of exposure to epic frequencies.
In this short video, Bill Ward discusses ‘Intuitive Peril’, the most sought after piece in his art debut collection Absence Of Corners. Vivid, abstract and created from rhythm, ‘Intuitive Peril’ is a powerful example of Ward’s new medium of rhythm-on-canvas.
To learn more and see the entire collection by Bill Ward, visit Billwarddrumart.com.
Buyers in the market for a rock star mansion are being given the chance to snap up Tony Iommi’s luxury Midland home – for a cool £3 million.
The BLACK SABBATH guitarist’s house in the Warwickshire village of Lapworth – a six-bedroom, 8,000sq ft Edwardian residence – is being sold by John Shepherd estate agents.
The property, Netherwood, is described as having original features, including stained glass, leaded light panels and open fireplaces, with extensive gardens and grounds covering six acres.
It is believed the mansion, built in 1905, has been on the market for a number of months.
Iommi revealed downsizing was a possibility when he spoke to the Birmingham Mail in November 2012 about his much publicised battle with cancer. He said: “Maybe it’s time to scale down anyway and try to live more of a peaceful life.”
Sitting alongside the house’s traditional features are some far more modern additions befitting a rock star’s home.
The palatial property also comes with a fully self-contained annexe, which includes a purpose-built recording studio, as well as a home cinema. The annexe also has a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and en suite.
The main house is also fitted with a “sophisticated sound and music system” and provision for flat screen televisions to most rooms. It also comes with a “comprehensive CCTV and security system”.
Estranged BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has issued a warning to those who hope to make a career as musicians, telling them to read their contracts closely.
Ward bowed out of the planned Sabbath original line-up reunion in 2012 after he wasn’t offered a deal he felt was “signable” – describing it as one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever made.
He appeared at this weekend’s Bonzo Bash, held annually at the NAMM music show in California to commemorate LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham. Accepting a lifetime achievement award, veteran drummer Ward said: “I stand for the students; I stand for all the kids learning to play drums. I stand for them in every single way. They have to look after their livelihood very carefully. They have to take care of it contractually very carefully. The drummer has to take care of himself.”
Moving on to his memories of Bonham, Ward praised the late icon’s footwork, saying: “He danced like a boxer and what he did with the bass drum was incredible.
“He used to test his bass drums and I’d go with him. We’d go up to the club we were meant to play and he’d say: ‘Stand ten feet away from the bass drum.’ I’d stand ten feet away, and when he kicked it I felt a punch in my gut that I’ll never forget. That was what it was like standing in front of John Bonham’s bas drum – and that’s when he was sixteen years old.”
Recalling the 1970s moment when members of Sabbath and Zeppelin jammed together, Ward said: “He started grooving and he was incredible; I thought, ‘My God, I wonder what would happen if they’d let him go and have two bass drums.’
“I wonder what he would have been like playing beside today’s metal and thrash guys. If anyone was going to learn drums I’d recommend: Listen to John Bonham.”
Legendary metallers BLACK SABBATH were honored with a Grammy in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category for their track ‘God Is Dead’ from their newest and come-back album,”13″ at Grammy Awards 2014. According to Blabbermouth.net, the BLACK SABBATH members did not personally accept the award at the pre-telecast ceremony because they were busy preparing to be one of the presenters during the main show. Pop singer Cyndi Lauper, who co-hosted the pre-telecast, said that she spoke with them prior to the event and that they were grateful for the honor. “I know that Ozzy is not here and I saw them last night,” she said. “They asked me to accept this award for them. It’s awesome. And I’m sure he thanks the Academy. They had to be next door to do something. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody.”
The bands ANTHRAX, DREAM THEATER and VOLBEAT featuring legendary vocalist King Diamond were also nominated for this category.
Legendary rockers LED ZEPPELIN were also honored a Grammy in the “Rock album” category for the band’s live album, “Celebration Day,” which was released on 19 November 2012. LED ZEPPELIN celebrated their 45th anniversary last year on September 7, 2013. The bands and artists such as Neil Young, BLACK SABBATH and David Bowie were also nominated for this category at the Grammy Awards 2014.
The winners of the Grammy Awards 2014 were announced on Sunday during ceremonies at the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center.