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Die Young (Black Sabbath song)

"Die Young"
Die Young (Black Sabbath song).jpg
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Heaven and Hell
B-side"Heaven and Hell (live)"
ReleasedDecember 1980
RecordedOctober 1979-January 1980 at Studio Ferber, Paris, France
GenreHeavy metal
LabelVertigo/Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s)Martin Birch
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Neon Knights"
"Die Young"
"The Mob Rules"
Audio sample

"Die Young" is a single by British rock band Black Sabbath from their 1980 album, Heaven and Hell.

It was performed live during all the 1980 and 1981 tours (Ronnie James Dio), and returned to the set for the tours of 1986 (Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen) 1987 (Tony Martin), 1989 (Tony Martin), 1990 (Tony Martin), and 1992 (Ronnie James Dio). Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi customarily plays a lengthy instrumental introductory passage to the song when performing live, with heavy atmospheric keyboard backing.

A live rendition can be heard on Live from Radio City Music Hall, recorded in 2007 by Heaven & Hell, a band formed of members of Black Sabbath from the Mob Rules- and Dehumanizer-era lineups.

In honour of ex-Vio-Lence manager Debbie Abono and Ronnie James Dio's passing, Machine Head's Robb Flynn recorded and released, free, an online cover of Die Young.[1] Abono managed Flynn and Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel when they were members of the Vio-Lence.[2]

Track listing

UK 7" single (Vertigo #SAB 3)

A. "Die Young"
B. "Heaven and Hell" (live edit)

Track listing

UK 12" single (Vertigo #SAB 312)

A. "Die Young"
B. "Heaven and Hell" (live complete)

Chart positions

Chart (1980) Position
UK Singles Chart 41


  1. ^ [1] Archived 2 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN Remembers DEBBIE ABONO". BlabberMouth. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2014.

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