Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In Concert: Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath, a pioneers of heavy metal, formed in Aston, Birmingham in 1969 by Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass guitar), and Bill Ward (drums). Originally a heavy blues-rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult- and horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars, changing their name to Black Sabbath and achieving multiple platinum records in the 1970s. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social and political issues such as drugs and war.

They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". Rolling Stone has posited the band as 'the heavy-metal kings of the '70s'.

Black Sabbath performing on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, 1973

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