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Report: Tony Iommi speaks on website since cancer announcement…

Today on Friday the 13th, Tony Iommi wrote a little message on his website, thanking the fans and supporters for their support and well wishes toward his cancer announcement, that Black Sabbath made earlier this week.

Even if Tony is sick, he is letting the world know that he is in good spirits and he is still recording the new Black Sabbath album, with the original members. He says the recording is going well, and they vow to finish the rest of it.

Read his message, here.

He still didn’t say anything about the tour. What will happen with the full Black Sabbath world tour they had planned? I have a feeling they might have to cancel out of that. They might just play one gig.

If they do end up cancelling the tour completely, that will be understandable. This is such a bummer though. I’m sure the rest of the guys in Black Sabbath are heartbroken too. Life isn’t fair.


Thought: How will the public respond to the Black Sabbath return???

The news of the return of Black Sabbath is great news. We’re all getting very excited. The only thing I’m worried about is the kind of reception the band is going to get when they release their new album. They haven’t released a new album in over 30 years with Ozzy being the frontman.

You have to ask yourself these questions. Will the public still care about them after all the years? The long time metal fans will accept their return of course, but people who like other genres of music outside of metal, might have a hard time accepting their return, though.

Back in the 70’s, Black Sabbath had a hard time trying to get successful with a major label ’cause they used to scare the shit out of people with their music. Could they scare people all over again with their new album? This isn’t the 70’s anymore. In today’s generation, metal fans won’t be scared of their music anymore ’cause they listened to metal for years so I’m sure they are used to the dark and scary lyrics by now. With their upcoming album, I’m pretty sure the album will create a stir in the music industry depending on how dark the lyrics are going to be.

They could get families trying to ban the album to stop kids from buying it to prevent suicides of kids by listening to that music. They might even offend churches and religions with their music. Other countries around the world may even try to ban the album as well. Things like that. Whatever it is, they’re gonna create a stir when they return.

People may know who they were back in the 70’s, but many of people of today won’t know who they are. Black Sabbath with Ozzy will definitely have to try and get their popularity back, and it might be hard for them to do for today’s industry.

Could their new upcoming album be a no. 1 record in the Billboard? It’s too early to say but it’s possible. I’m hoping the album will be really heavy and dark. There will probably be some old school sounding Sabbath on there and I’m sure they will come up with a new style as well.

It’s gonnna be interesting to see what the future of Sabbath is gonna be like up ahead. We’ll just have to wait and see.


Report: Black Sabbath trademark war gets the greenlight to the court room…

In May of 2009, Ozzy Osbourne filed lawsuit against guitarist Tony Iommi, both men who were members of the legendary metal band, Black Sabbath. Tony Iommi is currently full owner of the Black Sabbath band name, 100%. Ozzy is upset because he feels that all 4 members of the band (also includes Geezer Butler and Bill Ward) deserves part ownership of the name, “Black Sabbath”. The judge gives this lawsuit the “ok”, that means the war is on. This battle will go to the court room.

Things already gotten heated in the court room today as it sounds like Tony Iommi is not very happy with Ozzy ’cause Iommi’s lawyer is fighting back. Both Ozzy and Tony themselves weren’t in court today, their lawyers were. When the lawsuit proceeds to battle, maybe Tony and Ozzy will be in court personally?

Tony may own the band name, yes, but Ozzy helped him create the name. See how Ozzy would be upset? Ozzy wrote the song “Black Sabbath” for their debut album, they got the name from a horror film that starred Boris Karloff with the same title. So that’s proof that Ozzy came up with the name himself and the rest of the guys agreed to use it. Also, please try to understand that the four guys in Black Sabbath created a huge legacy over the years, that’s another reason that Ozzy feels every member deserves share of the name.

I’m totally siding with Ozzy. He’s so right. This is going to be quite the interesting war and I’ll be keeping an eye on it. I hope Ozzy wins. I’m sure he will.