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About Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath is widely regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of heavy metal, and the band's unique sound has proven to have extensive crossover appeal. Their tuned-down guitars and heavy bass riffs have won them a legion of fans over their decades-long career while the radio appeal of their songs has allowed for plenty of commercial success.
The band that would become Black Sabbath began as a blues-rock outfit in 1968. It wouldn't be until late 1969 when they would develop the Black Sabbath heavy metal sound that they'd become known for. Named after a Boris Karloff horror film, the first Black Sabbath single, simply titled "Black Sabbath," combined horror sensibilities with a burgeoning metal sound.
The first Black Sabbath concert occurred in August of 1969 and earned them a contract with Philips Records. Their second single, "Evil Woman," failed to chart, and the band was forced to record their first album, a self-titled affair, over the course of two days. Despite the rushed timeline, the album was a hit, holding position at number 23 on the Billboard 200 for over a year.
Commercial response to Black Sabbath was strong from the start, and the next Black Sabbath single, "Paranoid," reached number four on the UK charts. The band has continued to record and tour consistently since their heyday, but lineup changes have been frequent. Founding vocalist Ozzy Osbourne was replaced by Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio in 1979 due to substance abuse problems.
Black Sabbath's iconic sound helped influenced a shift away from the folk-rock and pop music of the 60s and towards the popularity of hard rock and heavy metal in the mainstream.
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Did you know these Black Sabbath facts?
- Tony Iommi is the only member of Black Sabbath to be present in every iteration of the band, having performed at every Black Sabbath concert throughout their history.
- The band was originally called Earth and only changed their name due to a naming conflict with another British band.
- Members of Metallica, Guns N Roses and The Smashing Pumpkins have all praised the influence Black Sabbath had on their music.
Current Black Sabbath tour schedule
The latest Black Sabbath concert tour, appropriately named "The End" began on January 20, 2016, and will continue until February 4, 2017. Pegged as a farewell tour, the lineup includes three of the band's original four members: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler. The Black Sabbath schedule will bring the band through North and South America, Europe and Oceania, with stops as far afield as Rio De Janeiro, New York City and Perth. As befitting a final tour, the set list will include songs from throughout their storied history, including well-recognized Black Sabbath singles like "Iron Man," "Paranoia" and "War Pigs".
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