1969 in Birmingham, EnglandOriginal Black Sabbath Members:
Ozzy Osbourne (vocals)
Tony Iommi (guitar)
Geezer Butler (bass)
Bill Ward (drums)
Significant Facts About Black Sabbath:
•Considered to be the first true heavymetal band
•There have been personnel changes over the years, but since 199 the band has consisted of the four founding members
•Nominated eight times before being inducted into the Rock and RollHall of Fame in 2006
Black Sabbath Beginnings:
The band began as Polka Tulk Blues Band, and was also known as Earth before adopting Black Sabbath after bassist Geezer Butler titled one of his songsthat way, inspired by a 1963 movie of the same name. The band progressed from blues rock to heavy metal to progressive as it evolved over the years. They are usually mentioned along with Led Zeppelinas pioneers of the heavy metal genre.
Black Sabbath' Points of Difference:
At a time when other bands were heavily into peace, love and flower power, Sabbath set itself apart with music aboutdrugs, the occult, and anger at The Establishment. They were also unique in their incorporation of gothic and folk music elements. Their unique sound, coupled with Ozzy Osbourne’s wild onstage theatricshelped set the stage for today’s shock rock artists.
Times of Change:
Osbourne left the band in 1979 and established himself as a successful solo artist. Over the next 18 years the band employed nofewer than six lead vocalists, including Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillian, David Donato, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin. Osbourne rejoined the group in 1997.
In 2006, current and former bandmembers Iommi, Butler, Dio, and Appice announced that they would begin touring in 2007 using the name Heaven and Hell, the title of the 1980 album featuring that personnel configuration of Sabbath....