Sabbath Smackdown: Ozzy vs. Iommi

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Black Sabbath, back in the day

Ozzy Osbourne is suing one-time bandmate Tony Iommi over the use of the name “Black Sabbath.”  Osbourne contends he should share in any proceeds over the name of the band, which was founded by Iommi.  Ozzy was kicked out of Sabbath in 1979, and Iommi is the only member to stay with the band during its entire 41-year history.

Ironically, when Ozzy was ousted it was then-manager Sharon Arden who helped keep Sabbath afloat by recruiting singer Ronnie James Dio to take Ozzy’s place.  Sharon, of course, became Ozzy’s wife and Dio still sings with the current version of Sabbath, now called Heaven and Hell.   You can read more about the lawsuit at Ozzy’s website.  And here is our review of the latest album from Heaven and Hell.

For a little metal fun, let’s pit the Ozzy version of Black Sabbath against the Dio version: “Iron Man,” from the 1998 Reunion album, against “The Devil Cried,” from Heaven and Hell’s live album from 2007.

MP3: “Iron Man” (live) by Black Sabbath

MP3: “The Devil Cried” (live) by Heaven and Hell

Ozzy Osbourne official website

Heaven and Hell official website

Tony Iommi official website

2 Responses to “Sabbath Smackdown: Ozzy vs. Iommi”

  1. sabbjunkie Says:

    I am a sabbath addict. hence the name. Sabbath was made by the lyrics of geezer and the riffs on Iommi, not the voice of the Ozz. yes. he was the frontman, but sabbath did great with Dio also,,,,, Ozzy did not make sabbath what it is or was,,,, he cannot even play any instrument…. I listen us the old sabbath everyday. it is my daily therapy, I Love it…. totally…….. they are the best group I will ever know, and I am now 50 years old,,,,,,,, sabbsters….. settle your issues,,,,,, and Ozzy, think for yourself for once, dont listen to sharon,,,,, you are her meal ticker…..

  2. sabbjunkie Says:

    I am a sabbath addict. hence the name. Sabbath was made by the lyrics of geezer and the riffs on Iommi, not the voice of the Ozz. yes. he was the frontman, but sabbath did great with Dio also,,,,, Ozzy did not make sabbath what it is or was,,,, he cannot even play any instrument…. I listen us the old sabbath everyday. it is my daily therapy, I Love it…. totally…….. they are the best group I will ever know, and I am now 50 years old,,,,,,,, sabbsters….. settle your issues,,,,,, and Ozzy, think for yourself for once, dont listen to sharon,,,,, you are her meal ticket.

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