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Black Sabbath are the undisputed godfathers of heavy metal. Beginning with their eponymous debut and seminal sophomore LP, ‘Paranoid’ (both released in 1970), the quartet from Birmingham, England, coalesced the scattered contributions of numerous bands (from Blue Cheer to Led Zeppelin) into the powerful, uncompromising and surprisingly malleable style we recognize today. After a succession of influential albums, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward parted ways with singer Ozzy Osbourne in 1979, and, for a brief time, enjoyed nearly as much success with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio, at the helm. But the band’s fortunes took a turn for the worse after Dio’s departure, steadily declining into obscurity while Osbourne’s solo career flourished, until a reunion of the original foursome was finally brokered for touring purposes in 1997, and, in 2013, for the recording of Black Sabbath’s latest album, ’13’ (minus Bill Ward). Now, with a career spanning nearly five decades, and through thick and thin, Black Sabbath remain the benchmark by which all heavy metal bands measure themselves.

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Ozzy Osbourne Bouncing Back From Illness, Black Sabbath to Continue ‘The End’ Tour

Black Sabbath postponed four Canadian gigs after Ozzy came down with a serious case of sinusitis.

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Black Sabbath Postpone Shows as Ozzy Osbourne Battles Extreme Sinusitis [Updated]

Black Sabbath fans in Edmonton and Calgary will have to wait a bit longer to see the heavy metal legends on their final tour.

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Yahoo! Music

Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne Reflect on Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne reflected on the loss of influential rock icons Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie in a new interview.

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Warner Bros.

30 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Seventh Star’

On Jan. 28, 1986, Black Sabbath issued their 'Seventh Star' album, though not all involved were happy with the situation.

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Jo Hale / Kevin Winter, Getty Images (2)

Geezer Butler Retracts Statement About Bill Ward Turning Down Playing Final Black Sabbath Gig

After saying Bill Ward turned down an offer to perform at Black Sabbath's final show, Geezer Butler has retracted his statement and made an apology.

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler: ‘There’s Nothing Stopping Us Doing an Album After the Tour’

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has clarified his comments regarding a new Black Sabbath album, effectively not ruling out the possibility.

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Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Says Bill Ward Turned Down Playing Band’s Final Show [Update]

In a new interview, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler says Bill Ward turned down an opportunity to perform at Sabbath's final show.

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Black Sabbath’s Four New ‘The End’ Compilation Songs Posted Online

The four new tracks being offered on Black Sabbath's limited edition 'The End' tour compilation are streaming online.

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Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath / Heaven and Hell)
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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Presented With ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ From National Guitar Museum

Black Sabbath axeman Tony Iommi will be recognized for his revelatory guitar playing with a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' from the National Guitar Museum.

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Black Sabbath Kick Off ‘The End’ Tour With Classic Set

Black Sabbath kicked off their final tour last night (Jan. 20) with a killer arena show in Omaha, Neb.

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