Drummer Bill Ward’s withdrawal from Black Sabbath‘s reunion album and tour due to his displeasure with the contract situation continues to be a hot topic. Ward’s son Aron issued a lengthy Facebook post about the subsequent media frenzy over Ward’s self-imposed exile, hoping to set the record straight and prevent the press and fans from further pouncing upon his father.
Today’s headlines find Black Sabbath fans protesting the band’s reported plans to replace drummer Bill Ward as part of their upcoming reunion album and tour, Lars Ulrich defending ‘Lulu’ once again, and our verdict on Paul McCartney’s new standards album
As the reunited Sabbath moves forward with a new album and tour, Iommi will be armed with two new replicas of the trusty guitar made specifically for him by a craftsman in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England.
Black Sabbath will indeed go ahead and with their scheduled headlining set at this summer’s Download Festival in England, despite the recent announcement that Tony Iommi is battling lymphoma. The guitarist revealed just two weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with early stages of the cancer and is in the process of working with doctors to determine the best course of treatment.
This year’s tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott was a who’s who of heavy metal Gods. Sebastian Bach, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, former Guns N’ Roses member Duff McKagan, and Tom Morello were just a few of the artists that showed up to honor the former Pantera guitarist, as well as the late Ronnie James Dio.
Black Sabbath 2012 tour dates that will find the recently reunited band touring the European festival circuit throughout May and June were released by the band today. This highly anticipated trek will kick off May 18 in Moscow, Russia, and wrap up June 24 in Milan, Italy.
Black Sabbath‘s original lineup has officially announced that they will reunite in 2012, kicking off a world tour by headlining the Download Festival in England on June 10. That will be followed by more concerts and the fall release of the band’s first album together in 33 years.
In 2007, the late, great and dark Ronnie James Dio with his version of Black Sabbath got together again and did a show at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Fans loved it. Now they can see it again, and own it, o
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