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BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/11/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/11/18

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VINNIE PAUL!
Vincent Paul Abbott, a.k.a. Vinnie Paul was born born in Abilene, Texas on March 11, 1964. A professional drummer and producer who is best known of course for being a former member, and co-founder of Pantera. He is currently a member of the supergroup HELLYEAH. And he also co-founded the short-lived band Damageplan in 2003 with his late younger brother, the legendary Dimebag Darrell.
Tonight in honor of Big Vin’s B-Day I am hitting you with a couple of kick-ass Sabbath covers by Pantera!

As a tribute, Pantera has recorded three different covers of Black Sabbath songs (all from the Ozzy Osbourne era). The first was “Planet Caravan”, for the first Sabbath tribute album, Nativity in Black, and it eventually became the final track on their Far Beyond Driven record. The band also recorded Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on the second Nativity in Black. Plus a previously unreleased cover of Sabbath’s “Hole in the Sky” was included on the 2003 compilation album, The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits! And Pantera’s affinity for Black Sabbath is also shown through the lyrics, “Your trust is in whiskey and weed and Black Sabbath”, in “Goddamn Electric”. The same song also mentions Slayer, one of the band’s thrash metal influences.
Pantera toured on Ozzfest as main stage acts twice; the band played at the second annual Ozzfest in 1997 and the fifth Ozzfest in 2000.


In August 2013, Paul featured in a music video for Black Label Society’s cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, appearing alongside a horse-masked Zakk Wylde.[5] Wylde and Paul are well known to be close friends, with Wylde also having been particularly close with Paul’s brother Dimebag Darrell before his death in 2004.
And other than being a rock drummer and a producer, Vinnie Paul is also very passionate cooking! For several years, Big Vin has been trying to publish a cookbook. Speaking about his long-awaited book, he said: “I’m nearly done with it. It’s called ‘Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul’. That’s completely genius. It’s got a picture of me sitting behind the drum set. I’m holding two big, old turkey legs; otherwise known as drumsticks. And it’s got a lot of really cool recipes that I came up with on my own; a lot of them my mom taught me when I was growing up; and just a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor, and it’s just a lot of fun. It’s not real serious.” Vinnie had hoped to have it out by last Christmas but that didn’t happen. Maybe his recipe for stuffed Jalapenos will make it out in time as a stocking stuffer this holiday season. Again Happy Birthday to Vinnie Paul, he turns 54 today.

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/10/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/10/18

‘Mafia’ is the sixth studio album by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. It was released on March 8, 2005. It is one of the band’s most commercially successful releases selling over 250,000 copies in the U.S.


A common misconception is that Zakk wrote the song as a tribute to his close friend “Dimebag” (former guitarist for bands Pantera and Damageplan), who was killed on December 8, 2004. In fact, he wrote the song many months prior to the incident, and subsequently began dedicating the song to him. On the topic of dedication, Zakk explains that he “was looking at the lyrics, and just said ‘Man, this has gotta be Dime’s tune’, so we made it Dime’s song and that’s how the video came about. I think it’s really emotional and it came out great. Everyone loves it – Vinnie Paul (Darrell’s brother), Rita (Darrell’s girlfriend). It’s all about Dime’s memory and there ain’t a dry eye in the house every time you see it.” Wylde also states that every time he plays a show, “it will never leave the Black Label set.”
The music video for “In This River” depicts a fictional account of Dime and Zakk as young kids, their childhood bond, riding bicycles together and diving into a river. At the end of the video, only the adult version of Zakk emerges, symbolizing Darrell’s death. He explains that “The river is a metaphor for life in general, and all the B.S. that you deal with from being a kid growing up. The whole thing’s just about life and death.” Footage of Dimebag performing was also incorporated into the clip.
“Mafia” was Black Label Society’s sixth studio album originally released in March 2005. It sees a return to the much heavier style of “1919 Eternal” and “The Blessed Hellride” and was their most globally successful album to date, selling over 250,000 in the US alone. “In This River” is dedicated to the memory of Dimebag Darrell, who had been a close friend of Zakk’s before his untimely death, and the album closes with a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “I Never Dreamed”. “Fire It Up” was featured in the 2005 edition of the game Guitar Hero.

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/4/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/4/18

Tonight I am serving up a another double shot of Black Label Society!

“Bleed for Me” is the opening track on ‘1919★Eternal’, the third album by Black Label Society. It was released on March 5, 2002 and was written for and dedicated to Zakk Wylde’s father, Jerome F. Wielandt, a World War II veteran who had participated in the events of D-Day at Omaha Beach as well as Normandy. He had died recently before the release of the album. The album artwork is based on German Nazi propaganda posters that used to recruit Dutchmen into the Schutzstaffel (SS).
Five songs on this release, written by Zakk Wylde were originally intended for Ozzy Osbourne’s 2001 album ‘Down to Earth’. However, Ozzy rejected the songs because according to him they sounded “too Black Label”, so Zakk recorded them instead. Those songs were “Bleed for Me”, “Life, Birth, Blood, Doom”, “Demise of Sanity”, an alternate piano version of “Bridge to Cross”, and a demo track called “I’ll Find the Way”. The latter two were never released. This album also featured Robert Trujillo, who of course is best known for his role as the current bass player for Metallica. He was also a member of Suicidal Tendencies, their funk metal side-project, Infectious Grooves, and he has recorded with Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and been a member of Ozzy’s band.

“A Love Unreal”, is the new single from Black Label Society’s tenth full-length album, ‘Grimmest Hits’, which was released back in January. The band also released a new video for the track which was directed by long-time collaborator Justin Reich and depicts the album’s mascot, a hapless grim reaper, having a really bad day. First, our favorite scythe-wielding entity is flipped off by his neighbor. He’s then pulled over by the police on the way to his first landscaping job of the day, where a dog chases him and makes off with his arm (it’s a bone – get it?). Then the shenanigans continue when he finds a love interest at a local convenience store… And well, how does it all turn out? Check out the video above to see if the angel of death’s luck takes a turn for the better. (*The grim reaper character has been a funny ongoing theme in the past few videos for songs off the album)
Black Label is currently winding down a tour with Corrosion of Conformity and when that comes to and end, Zakk will be back with Ozzy as the Prince of Darkness embarks on his lengthy No More Tours 2 farewell trek beginning with the Welcome to Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Fla. in late April. And of course you can catch them on a date in Denver when they play the Pepsi Center on Rocktober 2. Get the details on the show and your tickets HERE before they sell out!

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/3/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 3/3/18

On March 5, 2002, the first episode of “The Osbournes” aired on MTV in the US.

The reality tv series focused on the domestic life of metal madman Ozzy Osbourne and his family. (Wife/manager Sharon, and two of their three children). Their oldest daughter, Aimee, refused to participate in the show and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. In most family photos during the series, she is either absent or blurred.
Supposedly, oblivious to the camera, the family bickered, squabbled, and cursed a ton on the show! (In my house we used to play a game where we tried to count how many bleeps there were in an episode due to the excessive profanity!)
“Crazy Train” was the first single off of Ozzy’s debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, released in 1980. The theme song for “The Osbournes” was a jazz-swing style cover recorded by singer Pat Boone who just so happened to be a friend and neighbor of the Osbourne’s family.
“The Osbournes” series wasn’t always fun, it also followed the family as they dealt with major traumatic life events such as Sharon’s battle with cancer, and the aftermath of an ATV accident that nearly killed Ozzy. It was long suspected though, in fan circles that the series was actually scripted or staged. These suspicions were partly confirmed by Jack and Kelly, who stated in an interview that some of the antics on the show, were arranged by MTV producers. However, Ozzy’s publicist denied these claims. In its first season, the show was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV! The final episode aired on March 21, 2005.
"Snowblind" is a Sabbath cover by System of a Down that appeared on ‘The Osbourne Family Album’, a various artists compilation album based on the television series “The Osbournes” with all songs being selected by the family. It included the theme song, a “Crazy Train” cover version recorded by neighbor Pat Boone, as well as contributions by Ozzy and Kelly. In between songs there is(uncensored) dialogue from the show. Released on June 12, 2002, it was dedicated to daughter Aimee, who again chose not to participate in the show. The album was released during the second season of the series.
In 2014, Sharon Osbourne announced that eight new episodes would hopefully be filmed in January 2015; they would serve as a catch-up for the original series as well as a chance for Ozzy to appear on the show sober, following his admission that he was intoxicated during every recording for the series’ original run. (Apparently Ozzy used to hide in a private room off set and get lit) However, Sharon said in 2015 that the show’s filming would not continue, and that she and MTV had not continued their discussion about the show since they announced its revival. The new episodes that were filmed have yet to be released. Who knows maybe we’ll see them some time in the future!

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BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/25/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/25/18

Tonight I’m giving you a couple of collaborations that feature some badass female vocalists!

‘Big Mouth’ by Red Dragon Cartel featuring In This Moment’s Maria Brink on guest vocals. The track is off their self titled debut album released in January 2014. Red Dragon Cartel is a band led by former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee who also in the early ‘80s played briefly with Dio. But of course he is best known for his time with Ozzy, joining his band after the tragic death of Randy Rhoads. He appeared on the albums ‘Bark at the Moon’ and ‘The Ultimate Sin.’
On the Red Dragon Cartel album he also recorded songs with Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, former original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Sass Jordan and now the current permanent frontman Darren James Smith. In addition to the guest vocalists, there are a bunch of other guest musicians including Rex Brown (Pantera), Scott Reeder (Kyuss), Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz (Slash) and Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch).
Some tracks on the album have a heavy dose of Lee’s guitar wizardry, while on others he takes a backseat. There are plenty of great solos and excellent riffs throughout, so it’s definitely worth checking out!
And according to Jake the band’s sophomore album titled “Patina”, is done recording and it should be out sometime early this year. The follow-up will mark the band’s first release full release with Darren James Smith handling all vocal duties.

“Meat” is a track by Tony Iommi that features Deborah Anne Dyer, better known as Skin, the lead vocalist for the now broken up British rock band Skunk Anansie. It also features additional guitar by the bands lead guitarist Ace. Skunk Anansie were are a big part of Britrock movement, and were mildly successful in the late 90’s and early ’00’s with several hit singles including “Charity”, “Hedonism”, “Selling Jesus” and their most popular one “Weak”.
This collaboration comes from Tony Iommi’s solo album, ‘Iommi’ that was released back in October of 2000. Again the album took about five years to write and record and included a slew of guest vocalists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Phil Anselmo, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Henry Rollins, Serj Tankian of System of a Down, Billy Idol, Ian Astbury of the Cult and the late Peter Steel of Type O Negative along with a bunch of other guest musicians like Brian May of Queen, members of Soundgarden, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath and many more.
Again this is an awesome album that sort of flew under the radar when it was first released and it feature’s some of the best doomy guitar riffs out of Iommi’s entire career! Tony said in recent interviews that he is constantly still coming up with those killer riffs and he would love to get back into a recording studio soon and maybe even record another album like this in the future. I truly hope he does and gets to collaborate with other singers like maybe Rob Halford or even Corey Taylor and others from current hard rock and metal bands! That would be cool as hell!

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/24/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/24/18

32 years ago, Ozzy committed ‘The Ultimate Sin!’
The Prince of Darkness released The Ultimate Sin, his fourth solo studio album on Feb. 22, 1986. It marks the final appearance of lead guitarist Jake E. Lee and is the first and only Ozzy album to feature bassist Phil Soussan, who co-wrote the album’s only hit single “Shot in the Dark”. Drummer Randy Castillo, who previously played in Lita Ford’s band, also makes his recording debut on this one.
Upon returning from the Betty Ford Center in ’85 where he had once again undergone treatment for substance abuse, Ozzy was presented with a substantial amount of music already written by Jake. After having been cheated out of writing and publishing rights for Ozzy’s previous album, ’83’s Bark At The Moon, Lee says this time he refused to contribute anything until he had a contract in front of him guaranteeing his writing credit and publishing rights. Much of this music would form the basis of the album. The album’s lyrics were largely written by long-time Ozzy bassist and lyricist Bob Daisley. Daisley left the band prior to recording after having a disagreement with Ozzy, prompting the hiring of Soussan as his replacement. Daisley was not credited for his songwriting contributions on the initial 1986 pressing of the album, though this was corrected on subsequent pressings.
At the time of its release, The Ultimate Sin was Ozzy’s highest charting studio album, as heavy metal was enjoying a surge in popularity during the mid-1980’s.

“The Ultimate Sin” is the opening track on Ozzy’s fourth studio album of the same name. Originally, future Y&T and Megadeth drummer Jimmy DeGrasso worked with Lee and Daisley on demos for the album, but this version of the band fell apart due to Ozzy’s commitment to the Black Sabbath 1985 summer reunion concert at Live Aid. Castillo and Soussan ultimately replaced DeGrasso and Daisley once recording commenced.
The original working title for the album was Killer of Giants, after the album’s song of the same name. Ozzy however, opted to change the title to The Ultimate Sin at the last minute. On April 1, 1986, a live performance promoting the album in Kansas City, Missouri was filmed and released later that year as the home video The Ultimate Ozzy. In 1987, after various tours in support of the album had concluded, guitarist Jake E. Lee was unexpectedly fired via a telegram by Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon. The specific justification for Lee’s dismissal remains unknown. Bassist Soussan also departed, as Bob Daisley once again entered the fold.

“Shot in the Dark” is the final track on Ozzy’s ’86 album The Ultimate Sin. It was a top-ten hit on Mainstream rock radio and the song also became his most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time, peaking at number 68.
While the song is commonly credited to Ozzy, the writing of the song originated with bassist Phil Soussan, who was part of the band Wildlife in the early ’80’s and composed the tune’s melody. Fellow bandmates wrote the original lyrics and arrangement and demoed a derivative version of the song. Several years later when Soussan joined Ozzy’s band they re-worked it. This authorship issue has become a source of contention over the years, and in spite of its success, the song has rarely appeared on any of Ozzy’s greatest hits compilations as a result. One exception was the original release of The Ozzman Cometh; however, the song was omitted from the 2002 re-mastered re-release of this compilation and replaced with “Miracle Man.”
The Ultimate Sin has since been deleted from Ozzy’s catalog and was not reissued or remastered along with the rest of his albums in 2002. Rumours circulated that the continuing legal battle between Ozzy and Phil Soussan over the song “Shot in the Dark” was responsible for the album’s failure to be re-issued. However, that was said to have been resolved in the early ’90’s.
Universally depicted as Ozzy’s weakest effort and hated by most critics upon its initial release, The Ultimate Sin was also considered to be a mainstream, predictable, uninspired, slickly produced radio-friendly album by hardcore fans. Even I myself, have had a love/hate relationship with it. (But now, in my honest opinion, it is easily one of his best albums, and features some amazing guitar work by the extremely underrated Jake E. Lee! It deserves to be dug out and dusted off from you collection and given an extra listen or two!)

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/18/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/18/18

Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi, born February 19, 1948 is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the four founding members of Black Sabbath. At the age of 17 Tony lost the tips of the middle and ring finger on his right hand in an industrial accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. Inspired by jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt’s two-fingered playing, Iommi decided to try playing guitar again, though the injury made it quite painful to do so, he fitted homemade thimbles to his injured fingers to extend and protect them; made from old liquid dish soap bottles – “melted ’em down, got a hot soldering iron and shaped ’em like fingers” – then he cut sections from a leather jacket to cover his new homemade prosthetics. Then he re-strung his guitar with used banjo strings and began tuning his guitar to lower pitches, sometimes as far as three semitones below standard guitar tuning which crucially affected his playing style and his signature sound as well as the foundation of ‘Heavy Metal’ was born! And as they say… “The rest is rock and roll or heavy metal history!”


“Into the Void” is a song by Black Sabbath, released in 1971 on their album, Master of Reality. An early version of “Into the Void” called “Spanish Sid” was released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. It is written in the key of C# minor. On the tracks as well as others on the album Tony downtuned his guitar 1​1⁄2 steps to produce what he called a “bigger, heavier sound”. This also reduced string tension, making the guitar less painful for him to play; since he had two of his fingers partially severed in a factory accident years earlier.

Various artists have covered the song, including Soundgarden, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Melvins, Sleep, and Orange Goblin to name just a few. And it has been has been listed as a favorite song by some of heavy metal’s most notable performers like James Hetfield from Metallica. He lists “Into the Void” as his favorite Sabbath track and Eddie Van Halen has listed the song’s main riff as one of his all-time favorites.


“Black Oblivion” is a track by Tony Iommi that features Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins on vocals and additional guitar. It comes from Tony Iommi’s first real legitimate solo album, simply titled ‘Iommi’ that was released in October of 2000. The album, which took almost five years to write and record, included guest vocals by Ozzy Osbourne, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Phil Anselmo, Peter Steele from Type O Negative, Billy Idol, Serj Tankian of System of Down, Ian Astbury of the Cult and it also included other guest musicians like Brian May of Queen, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath and several others. Even Eminem applied to be on the album. But Tony Iommi rejected him because he didn’t have the faintest idea who Eminem was at the time. How would have Iommi’s riffs sounded with Eminem rapping over them? We’ll never know. Another rap rocker did actually go down to the studio and cut some stuff for the record, and that was Kid Rock, but it was never used. And a few other random artists which were also never used. At the time one of the first people Tony requested to work with was the legendary Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, but for some reason that never came to fruition for the project. I read somewhere he also wanted to work with Rob Halford of Judas Priest but due to scheduling conflicts that never worked out either. All of the songs that did make the cut in the end were written by Iommi, producer Bob Marlette and the respective vocalists on each track. And the album still stands as an impressive, eclectic and underrated piece of Iommi’s career. And now that Sabbath has called it quits Tony has discussed in recent interviews how he is always writing and still coming up with monster riffs and he would like to record another album like this sometime in the near future. I hope he does!

Mr. Tony Iommi is arguably the most important player in the history of metal. His awesomely heavy riffs served as the basic blueprint for subsequent bands, and of course, Sabbath’s dark imagery and presentation pre-staged basically every other metal act. He is the Almighty Riff-Master and the true “Godfather of Heavy Metal!” He is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and highly influential in the genre. Countless artists and musicians cite him as inspiration to date.


Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi talks about how he almost lost his ability to play guitar after a freak accident in this edition of History Of Metal. that originally aired on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic.

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/17/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/17/18

It’s one of the most notorious moments in rock history! In February of ’82, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating at a monument near the Alamo, dedicated to the lives of soldiers killed in the 1836 Texas Revolution. Over the years, this story has taken on mythic proportions, claiming that Ozzy actually peed on the Alamo! Contrary to popular belief though, he didn’t technically do it on the Alamo building itself, he took a leak within the Alamo Plaza, and he chose a pretty bad place. On Feb. 19, 1982 Ozzy was simply going about his normal business, partying like a rock star, and after several drinks too many he stumbled out into the street wearing a dress owned by his future wife Sharon Arden (since she had hidden his clothes to try and keep him from going out and getting into trouble) and he ended up emptying his full bladder on the nearest statue he could find. He had absolutely no idea he was standing at the city’s sacred 60-foot-high Cenotaph, located directly across from the Alamo building. Hell, he was barely in any condition to remember what city he was in, let alone where he was relieving himself.

Police arrested Ozzy, who spent part of the afternoon in a local jail on charges of public intoxication. He was freed later that evening on $40 bond and performed at the city’s Hemisfair Arena Convention Center. However, the concert was disrupted by angered fans who threw rocks because they were unable to get into the sold-out show. Twenty-four people were arrested for their part in the riot.

The combination of these two events prompted the city council to ban The Metal Madman from the Texas city for over a decade!


“Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel” is the fourth track on Bark at the Moon, Ozzy’s third studio album originally released in November 1983. And you could say the song is pretty self explanatory. The Ozzman has been an outcast or a rock ‘n’ roll rebel his whole life! This album is the first to feature drummer Tommy Aldridge (Black Oak Arkansas, Whitesnake) and former Mickey Ratt and Rough Cutt guitarist Jake E. Lee, who replaced Randy Rhoads after his death a year earlier in a plane crash. He would later be relieved of duty in 1987, after touring with Ozzy in support of The Ultimate Sin album. He was completely caught off guard when he was fired in a telegram by Sharon Osbourne without reason. And Jake celebrated a birthday two days ago, he was born on February 15, 1957.


“Breakin’ All the Rules” is the fourth track on No Rest For The Wicked the fifth studio album by Ozzy. It was released in September 1988. And it is the recording debut of Zakk Wylde after parting ways with guitarist Jake E. Lee in ’87.

Ten years after his arrest for public intoxication and urination in San Antonio, Ozzy was pardoned in 1992 after he made a public apology to the city and donated $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the organization that maintains the Alamo grounds. The city forgave him and Ozzy played two nights at the Freeman Coliseum, Oct. 1 and 2. (And of course don’t forget The Prince of Darkness will be playing the Pepsi Center in Denver on Oct. 2 with Stone Sour opening when the No More Tours 2 rolls through. Get all the info on the show and your tickets before they sell out on the KILO concert page!)

And while he’s since performed live in San Antonio, Ozzy actually returned to the Alamo landmark for the first time in 33 years when he and son Jack along with a History Channel documentary team took a tour of the historical monument. On an episode of “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” they returned to San Antonio, Texas on November 5, 2015 to again apologize for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph in 1982.

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/11/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/11/18

‘Black Sabbath’ the eponymous debut studio album by Black Sabbath was released on Friday the 13th in 1970 and it turns 48 this Tuesday! Although it was poorly received by most music critics at the time, it has since been credited as one of the most influential albums in the development of heavy metal music! According to guitarist and founder member Tony Iommi, it was recorded in a single day on October 16th in 1969. The session lasted twelve hours. “We thought, ‘We have two days to do it and one of the days is mixing.’ So we played live. Ozzy was singing at the same time, we just put him in a separate booth and off we went. We never had a second run of most of the stuff.” Other than the bells, thunder and rain sound effects added to the beginning of the opening track, and the double-tracked guitar solos on “N.I.B.” and “Sleeping Village”, there were virtually no overdubs added to the album.

(And in my opinion, the album “transcends its deep roots in blues-rock and psychedelia to become something more … “the birth of heavy metal as we now know it”!)

“Black Sabbath” is the opening track on Black Sabbath’s self-titled first album. According to the band, the song was inspired by an experience that bassist/lyricist Geezer Butler had in the early days of Earth. (Sabbath’s original name) Geezer, who was obsessed with the occult at the time, painted his apartment black, hung several inverted crucifixes, and put many pictures of Satan on the walls. Ozzy gave Geezer a black occult book, written in Latin and decorated with numerous pictures of Satan. Geezer read the book and then placed it on a shelf beside his bed before going to sleep. When he woke up, he claims he saw a large black figure standing at the end of his bed, staring at him. The figure vanished and Geezer ran to the shelf where he had placed the book earlier, but it was gone! Geezer related this story to Ozzy, and the two then wrote the lyrics to the song based on that experience. Fact or folklore? Who really knows? But it does make for a fantastic rock legend!

The main riff in the song is also an inversion of a tritone, constructed with a harmonic progression including a diminished fifth / augmented fourth. This particular interval is often known as diabolus in musica, for it has musical qualities which are often used to suggest Satanic connotations in Western music. In the middle ages it was forbidden to play such a note and even the Catholic Church at one point in time supposedly banned it as well. The song “Black Sabbath” was one of the earliest examples in heavy metal to make use of this interval, and since then, the genre has made extensive use of it!

“The Wizard” is the second song on Sabbath’s 1970 record Black Sabbath. It was composed by all four original members of the band. The track is about a wizard who uses his magic to encourage the people he encounters. In a 2005 interview bassist Geezer Butler said the song’s lyrics were influenced by the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, and it was also believed to be about the band’s drug dealer at the time.

The ‘Black Sabbath’ album cover features a depiction of Mapledurham Watermill, situated on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Standing in front of the watermill is a figure dressed in black. The name of the woman pictured on the front cover is forgotten, though Iommi said that she once showed up backstage at a Black Sabbath show and introduced herself. Not much else is known about the eerie woman used in the photo other than she was a model/actress hired for the day and her name was Louise.

She may not represent death but must have done a good job of freaking out the more pharmaceutically affected Sabbath fans. And if you look closely — supposedly — she’s holding a black cat.

The inner gatefold sleeve of the original record featured an inverted cross with a poem written inside of it. Allegedly, the band were upset when they discovered this, as it fueled allegations that they were Satanists or Occultists; and suddenly they had all these crazy people turning up at their live shows! And “Unbeknownst to the band, Black Sabbath was launched in the US with a party with the head of the Church of Satan, Anton Lavey, presiding over the proceedings…All of a sudden Sabbath were Satan’s Right Hand Men.”

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/10/18

BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 2/10/18

The Prince of Darkness is finally ready to retire! But not without one final world tour. Again.

Yes, he announced a “final” tour once before due to a MS misdiagnosis, but this time around, the metal madman promises that “No More Tours 2” is, in fact, his last go ’round. The world that is. He isn’t opposed to still performing one off shows here and there.

Here’s the deal, Ozzy is almost seventy, he has been rocking and touring for five decades and he says he that he has really missed his family over the years and just wants to spend time with them while still in his golden years. Can’t blame him for that.

Ozzy will be backed on the tour by longtime collaborators, guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and Adam Wakeman on keyboards. Stone Sour will be the supporting band on the bill. No More Tours 2 is set to kick off with a pair of festival shows in Florida – Jacksonville’s Welcome to Rockville and Fort Lauderdale’s FortRock on April 27 and 29 respectively – before he singer jets off across Central and South America, and Europe before heading back to the US. Get a full list of dates below.

code> “Let Me Hear You Scream” was the lead single from Scream, Ozzy’s eleventh and most recent studio album that was released back in June of 2010. The album is the only one to feature guitarist Gus G, who replaced long-term partner-in-crime, Zakk Wylde.

Ozzy shares Israel’s birth year of 1948, so it’s only fitting that on the cusp of his seventieth, the Prince of Darkness will be travelling to the Holy Land to tear the roofless house down at Rishon LeZion’s open-air Live Park! And Ozzy is making this a family affair as Sharon, Kelly and Jack will be joining him on few dates. Especially for the Israel gig!

“Children of the Grave” is of course a cover of the Black Sabbath classic by Stone Sour. The track appears on the Meanwhile in Burbank… EP released in April 2015. It was the first in what was to be a trilogy of EP’s featuring only cover songs by the band all featuring Burbank in the title. So far only two have been released, Meanwhile and Straight Outta Burbank. Also released in 2015. November of that year. Hopefully we’ll see the third one some time this year.

North American dates for No More Tours 2:

Fri 4/27 Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
Sun 4/29 Fort Lauderdale, FL – FortRock
Thu 8/30 Allentown, PA – PPL Center
Sat 9/1 Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
Tue 9/4 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Thu 9/6 Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
Sat 9/8 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Mon 9/10 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed 9/12 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Fri 9/14 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Sun 9/16 Cuyahoga Falls OH – Blossom Music Center
Wed 9/19 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Center
Fri 9/21 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sun 9/23 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Wed 9/26 Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
Fri 9/28 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 9/30 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Tue 10/2 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Thu 10/4 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sat 10/6 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Tue 10/9 Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Thu 10/11 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Sat 10/13 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

Overseas tour dates:

Sat 5/5 Mexico – Heaven & Hell Festival
Tue 5/8 Santiago, Chile – Pista Atletica
Fri 5/11 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Geba
Sun 5/13 São Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque
Wed 5/16 Curitiba, Brazil – Pedreira Paulo Leminski
Fri 5/18 Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Esplanada Do Mineirao
Sun 5/20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Apoteose
Fri 6/1 Moscow, Russia – Olympiisky
Sun 6/3 St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Wed 6/6 Finland – Rockfest
Fri 6/8 Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
Sun 6/10 Donington, UK – Download Festival
Wed 6/13 Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks Festival, Airport Letnany
Fri 6/15 Paris, France – Download Festival
Sun 6/17 Italy – Firenze Rocks Festival
Wed 6/20 Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival
Fri 6/22 Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
Sun 6/24 Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue 6/26 Krakow, Poland – Impact Festival
Thu 6/28 Oberhausen, Germany – König-Pilsner Arena
Fri 6/30 Madrid, Spain – Download Festival
Mon 7/2 Lisbon, Portugal – Altice Arena
Thu 7/5 Barcelona, Spain – Rock Fest Barcelona
Sun 7/8 Tel Aviv, Israel – Live Park

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