|Before Ozzy Osbourne was a reality TV star, he was the front man of Black Sabbath, one of the biggest and easily the most influential bands in heavy metal, helping to define and set the benchmark for the entire genre. Since it formed in the late 1960s, the England-based group has been a staple of classic rock radio and is responsible for many of the most iconic tunes of the 1970s, making Black Sabbath tickets still very popular. |
Formed in the late 1960s in England, Black Sabbath was initially started as a blues band that wanted to emanate a heavier, rock sound. Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne rolled out a few tunes while playing under the name Earth. The band suffered a brief break up when guitarist Iommi left for a stint with Jethro Tull. In a month's time Iommi left Tull and rejoined Earth, bringing with him a new work ethic.
1969 saw the group grab their current name when, after being confused with another local band named Earth; they pulled their title from the “Black Sabbath” horror film by Boris Karloff that was conveniently playing at a theater across from the band’s practice space. Mulling over the concept that people will pay to be scared, the band took a new direction and pulled their first single from a darker place inspired by an occult writer, naming themselves “Black Sabbath.”
After being signed to a record label in 1969 and releasing their self-titled debut to moderate acclaim in 1970, the album charted immediately. Despite spotty reviews from critics, it was certified platinum in both the US and the UK. Then the band hit it big with its sophomore effort. Released later that same year, Paranoid, achieved greatness in the charts and went on to define the hard sound and style that is the basis for heavy metal as we know it, standing as one of the best metal albums of all time. In addition to the title track, songs such as "War Pigs" and "Iron Man" are still popular more than 40 years after the record hit shelves.
Throughout the 70s and into the 80s, Black Sabbath was one of the most prolific bands in rock and roll. Nonstop touring and sold out shows that presented a great demand for Black Sabbath tickets left the band exhausted. Breaking from the scene they returned to the studio in Los Angeles to churn out Volume 4 in 1972, which also garnered gold almost immediately.
After the 1974 release of their next album, Black Sabbath set out on tour with Deep Purple, Earth, Wind & Fire
, Wind & Fire and a few other bands. Though the lineup went through some changes during the 90s and 2000s, Ozzy returned to give lead vocals more than 15 years ago and they still put on a great show. The heavy metal icons even came back with new material in 2013 with their album aptly titled 13.
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