It really is true, old rockers never die: UFO
, Dutch band Golden Earring
, and of course the immortal Rolling Stones
Heavy metal band Black Sabbath was formed in 1968 at Birmingham, that's Birmingham, UK, not Birmingham, Alabama. People who know about rock music will tell you that city is not exactly a stranger to the genre.
Like every major rock band and your local cake shop, Sabbath have their own website
, and as websites go, it ain't bad; it includes a discography and a news section; the latest current news entry is December 10. However, another source confirmed today
the band will be playing in Abu Dhabi next year. It has also been revealed they are to play Belfast, where perhaps surprisingly they have never played before. Sadly, their original drummer Bill Ward will not be touring
In addition to the official Sabbath site you will find the odd fan site, while the man with the axe has his own website
. The past two years have been eventful for Tony Iommi, but not always in a good way. He was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer, but an equally aggressive programme of chemotherapy and radiation appears to have been successful
As might be expected, Black Sabbath have a fair number of entries in the SongFacts database
. Mr Iommi also gets a songwriter credit for Armenia in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Lonely Planet
by Dorians finished 18th, and deserved better.
A few days ago the band performed at London's O2, which led to some uncharitable comments about frontman Ozzy Osbourne
. Nevertheless, along with Messrs Iommi and Butler, he picked up 3 trophies at the Classic Rock Awards in London this year proving there's life in the old dog yet. All of them.