Genres: heavy metal
Years Active: 1969-2006, 2011-present
-Tony Iommi: lead guitarist
-The band has gone through many lineup changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant member.
-Was originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth and gained the name Black Sabbath in 1969.
-The band's theme is occult and horror-inspired lyrics, tuned down guitars.
-They composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, dangers of drug abuse, apocalyptic prophesies of the horror of war.
-Along with Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the other 2 bands are listed as the modern pioneers of heavy metal.
-In 2006, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
-Ozzy Osbourne's heavy alcohol and cocaine useage led to his being fired from the band in April 1979. He was then replaced by Rainbow lead singer Ronnie James Dio. During the 1980s and 1990s, the band changed lineups again, this time with Ian Gillian, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen, and Tony Martin as the lead singers, one right after the other. In 1992, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. In 1997, the original lineup started, with Osbourne and they released a live album, Reunion.
-In 1968, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward formed a band in Aston, Birmingham. They enlisted bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, both of whom played in a band called Rare Breed.
-In Dec. 1968, Iommi left the band briefly to join Jethro Tull. Unhappy with where Tull was going, he joined back up with the band Earth, which was the early name for Black Sabbath in January 1969.
-This pushed the band in a darker direction, which was a heavy comparison to the flower power, folk music, and hippie culture of the 1960s.
-So they changed their name to Black Sabbath and decided on making music that sounded like horror movies
-In 2003, the band got a #130 rating on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time for their Paranoid album.
-One of the band's most popular songs is Iron Man.
-On August 18, 1980, after a show in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bill Ward quit the band. He quit because he thought his alcoholism was accelerating and also because Ozzy's alcoholism was accelerating.
-On May 16, 2010, Ronnie James Dio died from a battle with stomach cancer.
-These guys are often referred to as "The Beatles of heavy metal"