Sabbath Smackdown: Ozzy vs. Iommi
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.