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A teaser for the forthcoming BLACK SABBATH DVD, “Gathered In Their Masses”, can be seen below. The set will contain footage from the band’s tour in support of its long-awaited reunion album, “13”.

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler told the Chicago Sun-Times that the band’s current tour could very well be his last. Asked why he thought that, Butler explained, “I don’t know. I just got a feeling. It’s getting tough, it really is. I can’t lie about that. I’m old now. It really is tough going on every night. You wake up the next day, all the pains you never had before. I don’t want to go onstage for the sake of the money. You have to have a lot pride in yourself, and I honestly think I’m coming to the end of the top of my job.”

Butler also said that he’s enjoying the current SABBATH tour, adding, “I’ve always said as long as I can play, as long as I can do it to a good level, then I’ll keep doing it, because I still really enjoy playing. I’ll know when the day comes I can’t do this anymore, can’t play to my usual standards. That’s when I won’t go out anymore. I won’t do that to me self. But at the moment, I just love playing with the band. It probably will be the last time, will probably be the last tour. But I want to go out on a high. The band is playing really well at the moment.”

Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne reunited in late 2011 to record their first new album together in 35 years. Original drummer Bill Ward was on board at first but dropped out over contract disputes.

Progress on the record was slowed first by Ward‘s departure and then by Iommi‘s January 2012 cancer diagnosis.

Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio that the band members knew this might be their last chance to make an album together. “We knew as a band that people were gonna go, ‘Oh yeah. they’re going in the studio again, it’s never gonna happen,’ you know,” he said. “So we just marched through all the problems and did an album, you know, with Rick Rubin.”

The disc, which came out this past June, became the first SABBATH album in the band’s 43-year history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

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Guitarist talks cancer diagnosis in new interview.

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Fan-filmed video footage of BLACK SABBATH‘s August 12 concert at Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts can be seen below.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
03. Under The Sun/Every Day Comes And Goes
04. Snowblind
05. Age Of Reason
06. Black Sabbath
07. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
08. N.I.B.
09. End Of The Beginning
10. Fairies Wear Boots
11. Rat Salad
12. Drum Solo
13. Iron Man
14. God Is Dead?
15. Dirty Women
16. Children Of The Grave


17. Paranoid

BLACK SABBATH kicked off its North American tour on July 25 in Houston, with the reunited group adding four tracks from its new album “13” to a set already filled with SABBATH classics and a few deeper album cuts. The original trio of singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler were joined as on all their live dates so far by Ozzy‘s solo touring drummer Tommy Clufetos. Founding drummer Bill Ward has sat out the group’s activities despite originally being announced as part of the reunion back in November 2011.

Tony Iommi told The Pulse Of Radio a while back how hard it is for SABBATH to make up a setlist. “There are so many tracks that it’s really difficult what to pick, because there’s always somebody gonna go, ‘Oh, why didn’t you play that one? Why didn’t you play this?’ you know,” he said. “And there’s only a limited time you can play as well, so you’ve gotta work out a set that everybody wants to do without upsetting the people that say, ‘Oh, I wanted to hear this. I wanted to hear that,’ you know? But you’ve gotta drop some to put new ones in, and it’s hard.”

“13” is the first SABBATH album to feature Ozzy on vocals in 35 years and the first studio set by the group to ever hit No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

The group’s reunion plans were delayed in early 2012 by Iommi‘s cancer diagnosis, although he has been receiving regular treatment and the band was eventually able to record and start touring.


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Living legend

Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi has opened up about the moment he first discovered he had cancer in a new interview ahead of the release of the Sabbs’ new album, 13.

“The [cancer] diagnosis came when I was doing my book tour [in 2011] before we starred rehearsal,” Iommi tells Guitar World. “On the book tour, I saw a doctor because this lump appeared in my groin. We thought it was just a swollen gland, so he gave me antibiotics. After the book tour, I was going to L.A to start rehearsals. He said if it wasn’t gone in two weeks when I got there, I should see another doctor. So I did, because it was still there. He gave me more antibiotics, because I had developed an infection from this other problem I had with my prostate. It was too big and had to be cut down. So I thought the other lump was part of that.

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Black bloody Sabbath

“But it never went away. So we were rehearsing and writing, and I kept feeling this pain down in my groin. And Ozzy kept saying, ‘You don’t look really well.’ And I’d say, ‘Well, I don’t feel too good.’ He also told me to go get it checked out. I was going back to England to have the prostate operation, so I decided just to wait until then. They said they’d take out that other lump while they were in there. I thought nothing of it at all, but they found out it was cancer.”

Read more from Tony’s interview here

New Black Sabbath album 13 lands on June 10, and we have the first review of the whole thing right here. You can also read some of our interview with Ozzy, Tony and Geezer, taken from our brand new issue, right here.

The heavy metal godfathers head out on tour this winter on the following dates…

Black Sabbath European tour 2013

Nov 20: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Nov 22: Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 24: Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
Nov 26: Forum, Denmark, Copenhagen
Nov 28: Ziggo Dome, Holland, Amsterdam
Nov 30: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
Dec 2: Bercy, Paris, France
Dec 5: Fiera Arena, Milan, Italy
Dec 7: 02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Dec 10: 02 Arena, London, UK
Dec 12: Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland
Dec 14: Arena, Sheffield, UK
Dec 16: Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Dec 18: Arena, Manchester, UK
Dec 20: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK
Dec 22: LG Arena, Birmingham, UK

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Black Sabbath guitarist discusses his battle with lymphoma and the shocking effect Bill Ward’s departure had on him.

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Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi has given some promising insight into new Black Sabbath album 13 and offered some inspiring thoughts about about his battle against lymphoma in a new interview with Brummie newspaper the Birmingham Mail.

“The recording and rehearsals have been going very well indeed. There’s a really good feeling about it all,” says the legendary guitarist of the band’s general feelings towards 13. “We’re very pleased with the new album. But after all the work in the studio it will be good to get out and do some shows.”

“I have to admit that [the new Sabbath album is] not what I expected. I could never have imagined that the album would turn out so well, but it has. I think it sits comfortably with our first three albums — Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master Of Reality — and I think it’s one you’ll like.

“We wanted it to sound like the way we played in our early days, back to basics, and we recorded pretty much all of it almost live as a band. We didn’t want to go through the usual trip of recording the drums, the guitars and the vocals separately. So we played together.

“We’d also written more songs than we ever have for previous recording sessions. There are 16 tracks in total, and all of them will appear in some form or other on the album when it is released. There will be different versions, including a deluxe edition.”

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Tony with his Sabbath bandmates

On Tony’s cancer diagnosis, he adds, “I was gutted. I went home thinking, ‘Christ, that’s it, I’ve had it!’ Cancer meant death to me. I started writing myself off. I would lie awake at night, thinking about selling this, getting rid of that, and preparing everything: who should speak at my funeral and where I’d want to be buried.

“But I also kept thinking, ‘I’m not ready to go yet. I’ve got too much to do, and I like being here’.”

“I have to have an antibody administered by drip every six weeks or so to keep the lymphoma in check. It sort of coats the cancer cells, stops it from going anywhere else. I have to come back home no matter where I might be in the world.

“The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment. It’s the only way I can manage my illness and keep on the road. I’d love to play more shows than we’re doing but my health has to be sorted out first.”

Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne posted a candid statement on his official Facebook page earlier this week responding to rumours stirred up by The Sun suggesting that he and wife Sharon are living separately and are soon to divorce.

“For the last year and a half, I have been drinking and taking drugs,” says The Prince Of Darkness. “I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.

“Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person.

“I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my bandmates for my insane behavior during this period… and my fans.

“God bless, Ozzy.”

Meanwhile, more details on the different formats 13 – out June 10 – will be available in have also come to light, with the following variations now available to pre-order from

Standard CD album
• Deluxe double CD album in a deluxe soft-pack (includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material)
• Vinyl: 12″ heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
• Super Deluxe Box Set: limited edition 12″ clamshell box set which contains:
– Deluxe double CD album
– 12″ heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
– Exclusive DVD containing ‘Black Sabbath–The Re-union’ documentary
– 5 behind-the-scenes videos
– Download card containing exclusive track by track interview with Black Sabbath
– Exclusive ’13′ art print
– 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand written album lyrics

New single God Is Dead drops this week.

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Eric Blair of “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show” conducted an interview with Wendy Dio, the widow of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, HEAVEN & HELL), at the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund’s second awards gala, which was held on October 31 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood, California.

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Zakk Wylde 2012

Black Label Society guitarist and former Ozzy axeman Zakk Wylde has spoken about the upcoming Ozzy And Friends tour – replacing the mass majority of planned Black Sabbath dates after Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis – in a new interview with Noisecreep.

“It’s the “Ozzy and Friends” thing,” he explains. “[Current Ozzy bandmembers] Gus G., Blasko and Tommy [Clufetos] are coming out and doing a bunch of tunes, then I come out with Blasko and Tommy and we end up doing a bunch of stuff from the era when I was with The Boss, from ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ all the way through everything I’ve ever done with him. Then Geezer [Butler, Black Sabbath bassist] comes out and we do a bunch of Sabbath stuff and at the end, Slash and everybody — Geezer, Slash, Gus — and we all play ‘Paranoid’.”

Nice, Zakk. Nice. Zakk also talked about his upcoming new book, ‘Bringing Metal To The Children’, out May 10.

“It started last New Year’s Eve, he notes. “When we started going through the idea for the book, it was a combination of two things: it’s all about my studio and technical stuff like gear, guitars… all I gotta do is add some scales in there. Then me and Eric started cracking up, right from the beginning, about me being like a Soldier of Christ, you know and having morals and caring about people and empowering people — not enslaving them — and you know, wanting other people to succeed, and being caring and sharing, unlike management, who’s into Satanism, which is the number-crunching.

“Eric and I were literally rolling on the floor, crying from laughing and just taking the piss out of everything. Everything would always come back to management, you know, “As I looked out into the crowd, I saw a brotherhood, a gigantic family, a Black Label Family of Doom,” whereas management looked at is as “Cash crops with legs,” and retirement plans, 401(k)s… we were dying laughing. We realized, “This is the direction the book has to go in, man.” Pure ridiculousness. Then me actually putting advice in there, like if I were eighteen years old again, what I would do. Stuff like that.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

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Despite his recent cancer diagnosis, Tony Iommi is apparently on a creative roll.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, organizers of England’s Download festival are saying that BLACK SABBATH still intends to perform at the event, scheduled for June 8-10, despite guitarist Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis.

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