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50 Years Ago Today, 2 Big Moments in Music

Jimi Hendrix died, and Black Sabbath helped launch heavy metal

(Newser) - Two notable 50-year musical anniversaries were being marked on Friday, one good and one tragic:
  • Iconic album: On Sept. 18, 1970, Black Sabbath released Paranoid, which played a "genre-defining" role in launching heavy metal worldwide, reports NPR . The group's second album was informed by band members' hometown of

Ozzy's Iconic Heavy Metal Band Is Done

Black Sabbath puts on final show

(Newser) - Black Sabbath called it a career Saturday night in the place where it all began 50 years earlier. Ozzy Osbourne and crew put on their final show for fans in Birmingham, England, concluding a legendary run with the band's first hit, "Paranoid," reports the BBC . "Thank...

Keith Richards Slams Pretty Much Everyone

 Keith Richards 
 Slams Pretty Much 
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Keith Richards Slams Pretty Much Everyone

'Rolling Stones' guitarist has words for rock and roll, metal, rap...

(Newser) - Keith Richards, tell us what you really think. The Rolling Stones guitarist didn't hold back during a recent interview with the New York Daily News :
  • On rock and roll (presumably, rock and roll not played by the Rolling Stones): "It sounds like a dull thud to me. For

Nasty Black Sabbath Feud Plays Out on Facebook

Ex-drummer wants apology, Ozzy wants to know what he's 'on about'

(Newser) - Back in 2012, original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward refused to take part in the group's reunion because of a contract dispute. This week he explained—at great length—his problems with the band and, especially, Ozzy Osbourne. Needless to say, Ozzy does not appear happy about it. In...

How Black Sabbath Got Its Cocaine

Ozzy Osbourne and bandmates recall the old days

(Newser) - Black Sabbath is back, with 13—its first album featuring Ozzy Osbourne since 1978— out Tuesday . So, of course, there's a massive profile in the Guardian featuring tons of drug tidbits and references to the occult as Osbourne, Terry "Geezer" Butler, and Tony Iommi wax nostalgic. Choice quotes:...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Reuniting

First album since 1978 coming next year, along with tour

(Newser) - They may be in their 60s now, but Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne are together again and working on a new album and tour for 2012, reports E! Online . Band members made their big announcement at Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, saying they were going to record their...

Heavy Metal Speaks the Truth
 Heavy Metal 
 Speaks the Truth 

Heavy Metal Speaks the Truth

And in a world of fiction, it's due for a resurgence

(Newser) - Heavy metal is outlandish, it’s ridiculous, it’s frightening—and it relates fundamental truths about the dark side of human nature, writes James Parker in the Atlantic . Indeed, its dark lyrics echo the writings of mythographer Sir James George Frazier: “We seem to move on a thin crust...

Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath Dead at 67

Heavy metal legend also fronted Rainbow, Heaven & Hell

(Newser) - Ronnie James Dio, the legendary heavy metal singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne as Black Sabbath's frontman, died today. He was 61 or 67, according to the LA Times , and suffered from stomach cancer. "Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed...

Ozzy Sues Bandmate Over Sabbath Name

(Newser) - Trouble in heavy metal land. Ozzy Osbourne is suing Black Sabbath bandmate Tommy Iommi over rights to the band's name—and its lucrative merchandise, reports Rolling Stone. Ozzy says Iommi illegally took ownership of the name when he toured in the 1990s without the original band members. The prince of...

Buyers Rock Out at Ozzy Auction
Buyers Rock Out at Ozzy Auction

Buyers Rock Out at Ozzy Auction

Wild man's bizarro stuff nets $800K for Sharon's cancer charity

(Newser) - No one spotted a headless chicken, but avid heavy metal fans did scoop up a bat jacket ($3,300) and skull sneakers ($2,625) at an auction of bizarro goodies from one-time Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osborne. "We had Ozzy fans bidding against sophisticated fine art buyers, which you...

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