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Profile: Considered by many to be the first heavy metal band, Black Sabbath was formed in 1968 by Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.
The band's original name was the Polka Tulk Blues Band (later shortened to Polka Tulk) and later on changed to Earth (12) before becoming Black Sabbath inspired by an Italian horror movie of the same name.
The original line-up lasted until 1979, after which Osbourne was fired and replaced by Ronnie James Dio. The line-up changes would continue, with no line-up remaining intact for consecutive studio releases. Throughout the changes, only Tony Iommi and keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, who also joined the band in 1979, would remain with Black Sabbath, although Nicholls would not always be credited as a full member. In 1997, Iommi, Butler, Ward, and Osbourne reunited, touring and releasing a live album in 1998, although a long-rumored studio release did not appear (the group attempted to record a new album in 2001 with producer Rick Rubin but the sessions were scrapped). After that, the group periodically reunited to tour with Ozzy's "Ozzfest" tour. In 2004, longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls was replaced by Adam Wakeman for an Ozzfest tour. No reason was given for the replacement. In 2006, the original line-up was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame.

In 2007, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice (who were featured on 1981's "Mob Rules" and 1992's "Dehumanizer") announced that they would tour together as Heaven & Hell (2) (with Iommi, who owns the Black Sabbath name, deciding to keep the Black Sabbath name solely for the original line-up in light of their Rock 'n' Roll HOF induction) to support a Dio-era greatest hits release, which also featured 3 new Dio/Iommi compositions. A brand new live album was released under the Heaven & Hell name that same year, followed by a studio album in 2009.

In 2009, Osbourne sued Iommi over control of the Black Sabbath name. The lawsuit was settled the following year. In late 2011, it was announced that the original line-up would be recording and touring. Shortly, afterward, Bill Ward dropped out, stating he had been given a contract that was "unsignable". The three remaining members opted to continue without him. In 2013, the band released "13", their first studio album with Osbourne in 34 years. The band played their final live show in Birmingham, UK, on February 4, 2017. Although the band has announced that full-scale touring is done, Tony Iommi has stated that the door is still open for future music and possible live appearances.

Tony Iommi - 1968-2017

Ozzy Osbourne - 1968-1977, 1978-1979, 1997-2017
Dave Walker - 1977-1978 (rehearsals and a TV appearance only)
Ronnie James Dio - 1979-1982, 1991-1992
Ian Gillan - 1983-1984
Glenn Hughes - 1985-1986
Ray Gillen - 1986-1987 (live only)
Tony Martin - 1987-1991, 1993-1996

Geezer Butler - 1968-1984, 1991-1994, 1997-2017
Craig Gruber - 1979 (rehearsals only while Butler contemplated leaving the band, the extent of his participation has been disputed)
Gordon Copley -1985 (rehearsals and one studio track only)
Dave "The Beast" Spitz - 1985-1986, 1987 (live appearances only in 1987)
Bob Daisley - 1987 (studio only)
Jo Bert - 1987 (live only)
Laurence Cottle - 1988 (studio only)
Neil Murray - 1989-1992, 1995-1996

Bill Ward - 1968-1980, 1983 (studio only in 1983), 1994 (live appearances), 1997-2011
Vinny Appice - 1981-1982, 1991-1992, 1998 (live only in 1998, filling in for a sick Bill Ward)
Bev Bevan - 1983-1984, 1987 (live only)
Eric Singer - 1985-1987
Terry Chimes - 1987-1988 (live only)
Cozy Powell - 1988-1991, 1994-1995
Bobby Rondinelli - 1993-1994, 1995 (live appearances only in 1995)
Mike Bordin - 1997 (live only, not a full member)
Brad Wilk - 2013 (studio only, not a full member)
Tommy Clufetos - 2012-2017 (live only, not a full member)

Rick Wakeman - 1973 (studio only, not a full member)
Jezz Woodruffe - ?-1977 (not a full member)
Don Airey - 1978 (not a full member)
Geoff Nicholls - 1979-2004
Adam Wakeman - 2004-2017 (live only, not a full member) Sites:,,, Wikipedia, Facebook, Bookogs, Posterogs Aliases: Earth (12), Heaven & Hell (2) Members: Anthony Philip Harford, Bev Bevan, Bill Ward, Bob Daisley, Bobby Rondinelli, Cozy Powell, Craig Gruber, Dave Spitz, Dave Walker (6), Don Airey, Eric Singer, Geezer Butler, Geoff Nicholls, Glenn Hughes, Gordon Copley, Ian Gillan, Jeff Fenholt, Jo Burt, Neil Murray, Ozzy Osbourne, Ray Gillen, Ronald Padavona, Terry Chimes, Tony Iommi, Vinny Appice Variations: Viewing All | Black Sabbath B. Sabath, B. Sabbath, B.S. Black Sabat, B.Sabbath, Black Fuckin' Sabbath, Black Sabath, Black Sabbaht, Black Sabbatv, Black Sabbth, Black Sabuth, Blakc' Sabbath, Block Sabath, Sabbath, The Black Sabbath, Блэк Саббат, Блэк Сэбэт, ブラック・サバス, ブラックサバス [a144998]


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October 20, 2018 Could not agree with you more on what you had typed, never cared for the Dio Years....still good but nothing that came close to the first six-seven albums in my opinion. Reply  See 1 reply Notify me Helpful


August 25, 2018 The first 6 LP's are phenomenal. Black Sabbath created such amazing music they can be considered the Beatles of heavy music. Their influence has now probably outstripped that of Led Zeppelin, in terms of the genres they inadvertently inspired and spawned.
It's hard to conceive of any other heavy band with catchier riffs and a better band chemistry, each original member was so vital to the sound and impact of their music.
Sadly, once Ozzy departed, they failed to hit the same heights, though, as people are often keen to impress on each other, there were some gems hidden amongst the straw of their varied post-Ozzy output.
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December 22, 2016 edited over 2 years ago
Black Sabbath kicked loose rock that's still setting off avalanches of creativity across the musical landscape, the harbingers of heavy metal in all its glory! Their phenomenal first four albums -- Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Master of Reality, and Vol. 4 -- remain the clearest articulations of heavy metal vocabulary to date. Bassist Geezer Butler, the man responsible for the lion's share of Sabbath's early hits, focused his lyrics on social ills, self-destructive behavior, fantasy and the occult, setting forth the primary concerns which continue to preoccupy Metal bands from velocity addicts Venom and Napalm Death to sludge fiends such as Monster Magnet. Lead guitarist Tony Iommi's loose tunings revolutionized the craft of electric guitar by uncovering unsuspected fuzzy depths. And, of course, Ozzy Osbourne's manic live performances introduced an element of pure theatricality that remains central to Metal's identity. Beginning with '75's Sabotage, Sabbath's credibility has been constantly imperiled by failed experiments in Prog-ish rock. With the exception of the Ronnie James Dio albums of the early '80s (Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules), the moments when Sabbath play up to their ability have been few and far between. Perhaps aware of this themselves, they convinced Ozzy to return to the fold in the late '90s for a series of penitential performances focusing on their glorious early material Reply  See 2 replies Notify me 1 Helpful


May 1, 2016 its fine to get great feeling. of mine one of the. Reply Notify me 3 Helpful


July 5, 2015 I want to reach out and touch the sky
I want to touch the sun
But I don't need to fly Reply Notify me 4 Helpful


September 29, 2014 Bit unfair not having Bill on the main pic. Does anyone have a better one? Reply Notify me Helpful


February 14, 2014 It's so frustrating that people underrate albums with Tony Martin. Headless Cross is better album then Sabotage, Technical Ecstasy or Never Say Die. Tyr is also amazing album and Cross Purposes as well. Reply  See 6 replies Notify me 3 Helpful


April 30, 2013 This band up till about Born Again was the best (I lump dehumanizer in with the dio era, not post born again) but i digress, the stuff after that is just watered down shit, and is pointless. The Ozzy era though, is absolutely essential Heavy Metal. Reply  See 1 reply Notify me 5 Helpful


October 6, 2006 edited over 9 years ago
Absolutely essential Rock band. I know they're often perceived as a third-rate cheesy metal band, no thanks to Ozzy Osbourne's lame solo career and their own stream of worthless records since the mid-to-late 70s. But on their prime they just couldn't be beat. Tonny Iommy's ungodly guitar crunch and the overall dark vibe launched a thousand copycats. There's a reason acts such as Melvins, Nirvana, Sunn O)), Cathedral, Sleep, Daft Punk (yes!, they nicked the Iron Man intro for their very own The Brainwasher), Soundgarden, Godflesh, etc. are/were hugely influenced by these dudes!. Reply  See 4 replies Notify me 6 Helpful

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