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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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Black Sabbath (With Bill Ward and Minus Ozzy) Accept Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Ward joined Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler in accepting the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement honor for songwriting.

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Bill Ward + Ozzy Osbourne
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Bill Ward: ‘All the Ozzy Fans F–king Hate Me’

Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne have been having a fairly public back and forth argument, firing accusations at one another and demanding apologies.

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Ozzy Osbourne
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Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Black Sabbath Plan to Record Final Album + Tour in 2016

During a recent press conference, Ozzy Osbourne revealed that Black Sabbath are looking at 2016 for their final album and tour.

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36 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Fire Ozzy Osbourne

On April 27, 1979, after various attempts to get Ozzy back on the team, Black Sabbath fired their lead singer.

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35 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Roar Back With ‘Heaven and Hell’

On April 25, 1980, Black Sabbath took a major step by releasing 'Heaven and Hell' with new vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

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Bill Ward Responds To Ozzy Osbourne With New Open Letter

The back and forth venom between founding Black Sabbath members Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne continues.

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Bill Ward: ‘I’m Quite Capable of Playing a Complete F—ing Black Sabbath Set’

The Bill Ward vs. Black Sabbath battle continues with a new interview in Rolling Stone.

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Bill Ward + Ozzy Osbourne
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Ozzy Osbourne Responds to Drummer Bill Ward: ‘Physically, You Know You Were F—ed’

Late last night (April 16), Ozzy publicly responded to Ward, but the drummer didn't quite get the response he was hoping for.

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Bill Ward Seeks Ozzy Osbourne Apology Before Considering Black Sabbath Return

Drummer Bill Ward says it will take a "righting of the wrongs" by Ozzy Osbourne and being presented a signable contract for him to return to Black Sabbath.

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Tony Iommi
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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Responds to Rumors About Poor Health

The cancellation of Black Sabbath's Ozzfest Japan gig led some to speculate that guitarist Tony Iommi may have suffered a setback in his battle with lymphoma.

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