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Sabbath Smackdown: Ozzy vs. Iommi

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by 30daysout

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

Lost Classics! Suck It, Ozzy!

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , on January 23, 2009 by 30daysout


Ozzy Osbourne’s best solo work came early, in the early 1980s after he was kicked out of Black Sabbath.  Blizzard of Ozz, released in 1981, and Diary Of A Madman, also from 1981, contains most of the Ozzman’s best-known solo songs: “Crazy Train,” “Over The Mountain,” “Mr. Crowley” and so on.  They all have the great guitar work of the late Randy Rhoads.

But if you pick up a copy of either of these albums, or a greatest hits CD, you won’t hear the original versions of these songs.  On both albums, Lee Kerslake played drums and Bob Daisley handled bass.  For still somewhat mysterious reasons, these two musicians were fired shortly after recording Diary Of A Madman.  Two other musicians were hired for the subsequent tour, and their photos were put on the album as studio musicians.

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