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APPICE, BAIN Rejoin WWIII, Live Dates Planned Later This Summer

Original WWIII members Vinny Appice (drums, ex-BLACK SABBATH, DIO) and Jimmy Bain (bass, ex-RAINBOW, DIO) have joined forces with WWIII mastermind/singer Mandy Lion and lead guitarist Moni Scaria to form the newest incarnation of the group, according to a posting on Mandy's web site. Live dates are...
July 22, 2004

BLACK SABBATH Bassist Sets Working Title For New Solo Album

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler has set "Ohmwork" as the working title of his new solo album, tentatively due next year. "It would have been out this year, but I've had to delay it because of Ozzfest," Butler told Bass Player magazine. Asked what he's been listening to recently, Geezer replied,...
July 16, 2004

Review: OZZFEST 2004 Ruled By The Old School Of Rock

Isaac Guzman of the New York Daily News reviewed the Ozzfest 2004 traveling festival when it hit Long Island's Jones Beach Theater Wednesday (July 14). "Collectively, the three headliners — BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST and SLAYER — have been performing for nearly 90 years, and they're three of the me...
July 15, 2004

RONNIE JAMES DIO: I Would Consider Working With TONY IOMMI Again

Ronnie James Dio recently spoke to about the upcoming DIO album, "Master of the Moon", and the possibility of him collaborating with Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) and Ritchie Blackmore (RAINBOW) again. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: Recently i...
July 13, 2004

OZZFEST 2004 Hits Boston: Reviews Posted Online

The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald have published separate reviews of the second date of the Ozzfest 2004 tour, which took place Monday (July 12) at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. A couple of review excerpts follow: Boston Globe: "The show sold out, though the one-night stand was down from...
July 13, 2004


J.D. Considine of Canada's The Globe And Mail writes: To be ranked among rock's all-time greatest, you'd have to have changed the course of musical history, invented a genre, or influenced a generation or two of musicians. You'd need to be a household name, have a back catalogue peppered with undisp...
July 7, 2004


In a recent interview with Guitar World magazine, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi talked about the Ronnie James Dio-era SABBATH albums. "I'm really satisfied with them," he said. "No disrespect to Ozzy, but I think it's a shame that they've been buried by all the Ozzy stuff. I think they're good...
July 4, 2004

ARMORED SAINT: New Album Due In 2005

ARMORED SAINT have posted the following message on their official web site: "Well, kiddies, Phil & Gonzo have reformed their rock/blues band called YO DIDDLEY along with current members of LIFE AFTER DEATH, Ray 'Geezer' Burke & that illustrious vocalist Jack 'Lo' Emrick. They will be playing...
June 29, 2004

Former TENFOLD, TOIZ Members Join Forces In END THE WEEK

Former TENFOLD vocalist Justin Butler, ex-TOIZ guitarist Adam Wondolowski and former TEN FOOT POLE drummer Kris Kwiatkowski have joined forces in a new project called END THE WEEK. The group, who are currently seeking a suitable bassist to complete the band's lineup, have just issued a 10-song self-...
June 28, 2004

BLACK SABBATH: New Keyboardist Revealed

Joe Siegler of the BLACK SABBATH fan site reports: "Tonight I was poking around looking to see if I could find any information out about who is playing keyboards for BLACK SABBATH on the Ozzfest 2004 tour. There's been no official statement about this on the Ozzfest site, and my qu...
June 12, 2004

BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD: 'Let's Rock!'

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told Launch Radio Networks he's going to have to take a trip through the group's old records to get ideas for a set list for the band's upcoming appearance at this year's Ozzfest. “I mean, it's not new for me to listen back to the old stuff, because I ...
June 4, 2004

It's Official: Original BLACK SABBATH Lineup To Play OZZFEST 2004!

After initially declining an offer to join BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for a reunion on Ozzfest 2004, drummer Bill Ward has now reconsidered. The original lineup is now complete for their much-anticipated headlining slot on the 9th annual Ozzfest. Sharon Osbourn...
June 2, 2004

Former THE WILDHEARTS Drummer Resurfaces In SECURITY

Former THE WILDHEARTS/GRAND THEFT AUDIO drummer Ritch Battersby and ex-GRAND THEFT AUDIO singer Jay Butler have joined forces in a new band called SECURITY. Commented THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger: "Hey y'all. If you haven't already heard SECURITY, Ritch (ex-WILDHEARTS) new band, then I strongly su...
May 31, 2004

BLACK SABBATH Fans Launch Petition To Get New Music From The Band

Several BLACK SABBATH fans have launched an online petition to convince the original SABBATH members — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry "Geezer" Butler and Bill Ward — to record a new studio album following their scheduled appearance at this year's Ozzfest. "BLACK SABBATH is all together at the mome...
May 27, 2004

BLACK SABBATH's TONY IOMMI: Video Interview Posted Online

A 24-minute video interview with BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has been posted online at the Rhino web site. Watch it at this location. Among the topics discussed during the interview are: * The Stonehenge stage set & "Spinal Tap" * Other lineups besides Iommi/Butler/Ward/Osbourne * SABBATH...
May 23, 2004