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Black Sabbath Unsure About Making More Music

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Rock,

Black SabbathBlack Sabbath isn't convinced they should record another album.

The legendary rock group featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler released 13, their first album in 18 years earlier this year but they aren't committing to a follow-up.

"To me, it's been nicely rounded off now. If we did another album, it just wouldn't have the same vibe as far as I'm concerned. And with this one doing so well, the next one would have to be number one everywhere too or people would see it as a failure," Geezer said.

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Ozzy Osbourne: I Slip on Stage Every Night

Ozzy OsbourneOzzy Osbourne saw a dog at one of his concerts wearing a sign that read, "Please don't eat me!"

The legendary hellraiser, who famously bit the head off a bat on stage in 1982, said there have been many surreal moments during this year's Black Sabbath reunion tour. "At one of this year's gigs, somebody let a dog go with a sign on its leg saying, 'Please don't eat me!'" he told The Sun.

Ozzy spoke about winding up his band mates, including bassist and chief Sabbath lyricist Geezer Butler. "Geezer is a vegetarian. When he walked off the stage, I said, 'Does your wife eat meat?' And he replies, 'Yeah.' So I said, 'What, do you have a funeral every time she has a bacon sandwich?'" he explained.

Ozzy, who has been sober for nearly a year after relapsing into drink and drugs, said he's nearly injured himself on stage every night and is shocked by the band's massive success after releasing their monumental album 13 and being nominated for three Grammy Awards: "Every night, I've slipped on the stage. I nearly fell in the f***ing orchestra pit. I mean it's tough on the other guys. When they're all getting serious, I make them laugh and they all get p***ed off. Nothing's rehearsed with me. One day, I'll just put a bucked on my head. 'Just when you think things might be winding up, it gets bigger than ever. Honestly I'm in shock. I keep thinking I'm the luckiest guy in the world. It's been a dream."

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Ozzy Osbourne: I’m Not Retiring

Ozzy OsbourneOzzy Osbourne insists he has no plans to retire.

The Black Sabbath musician, who has now been sober for nearly a year after relapsing into drink and drugs, says he still gets a thrill out of being on stage after the band reformed in 2011. The 65-year-old told NME magazine that he's living "on borrowed time" and started getting asked about quitting music when he turned 60. "The word 'retirement' started coming into the interviews, but as long as I have an audience, as long as I can physically do it and enjoy doing it and they want to see me, what's the point in quitting?" he said.

Black Sabbath have been nominated for three Grammy Awards after their album 13, their first in 18 years, topped the charts in 30 countries, giving them their first ever US number one. Ozzy says it's his "dream" to get the band's original drummer Bill Ward on board for another Sabbath album but hasn't spoken to him because "It wouldn't be fair. 'Hi, how are you, Ozzy?' 'I'm alright Bill, I'm just about to go onstage to 75,000 people in Sao Paolo. Wish you were here!' When it's all over, I'll probably give him a call. I love and respect the guy very much, but we just couldn't hang around any more. [His absence] is obviously something to do with dollars, but my wife [Sharon] does the deals, do I don't know."

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Black Sabbath Drummer Quits Reunion Shows

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Bill WardBlack Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will not take part in the bands reunion shows.

The original line up of the group - Bill, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - came together last year to play a series of shows and record their first album together in 33 years, but Bill has backed out of the project, saying he won't agree to the contract he was offered.

"I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I have to stand for something, and as painful as it is, I'm doing it," he wrote on his website.

Shortly after the band announced their reunion in November, and started work on the new album, Tony was diagnosed with lymphoma. As a result of his treatment the band's planned tour had to be cut to just three dates, starting in their hometown, Birmingham, England, on Saturday. The band will also close Britain's Download Festival on June 10 and perform at the Lollapalooza festival in the US on August 3.

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Black Sabbath Announce Homecoming Gig

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Black Sabbath will play a one-off UK homecoming gig in Birmingham next month. The "Paranoid" rockers will perform at the O2 Academy in the city - home to singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward - on May 19 in preparation for their headline performance at this year's Download Festival in Leicestershire over the weekend of June 8-10.

The performance is expected to be the group's first since they reformed with their original line-up last year, and they are likely to play new material from their forthcoming ninth studio album - which will be their first since 1978's Never Say Die - at the concert.

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Ronnie James Dio Loses Battle with Cancer

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DescriptionHeavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio has died.

The 67-year-old musician - who replaced as the frontman of Black Sabbath in 1979 - passed away Sunday in a Houston hospital after losing his battle with stomach cancer.

“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7.45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all,” Wendy, his wife and manager, wrote on his official website.

“We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever,” she added.

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Ozzy Osbourne Misdiagnosed as HIV Positive

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Ozzy Osbourne was once diagnosed as HIV positive - but later told the test results were wrong.

The Black Sabbath rocker was devastated to be told he had contracted the deadly virus, before further medical investigations revealed the results were due to the damage years of drug and alcohol abuse had caused to his immune system.

“I went to the doctor and had an AIDS test and he told me it was positive. That was one of the worst days of my life,” Ozzy explained in an interview with Glamour magazine. “When I used to get f***ing loaded I would get myself into all kinds of situations. It turns out that because I was drinking and using drugs so much, my immune system had dropped so that it was a borderline result. When I went back to be tested again it was negative.”

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