Black Sabbath: End of an Era – 10 Facts That You Should Know!
Another good thing came to an end. The groovy voice, jaw-dropping guitar chops, and booming drums have eventually turned into a leaf in the musical history.
The live audience roared in thrill for the last time, got nostalgic and wished it would never end. Black Sabbath bid adieu with the final showdown (“The End” tour) in their hometown Birmingham, United Kingdom on February 4, 2017.
For thousands of heavy metal fans, it was heart-wrenching to say goodbye. They came from across the world for the last glimpse of the band and witness history. It will be a part of the rock folklore now.
The band consisted of singer Ozzy Osbourne, songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward. They weaved metal magic since 1968.
“Paranoid,” Black Sabbath, the Final Show, Feb. 4, 2017 ~ YouTube.com
10 Facts about Black Sabbath That You Should Know
- Music historian William Ruhlmann once revealed that the band was originally called “Polka Tulk.” Later, it was renamed to “Earth.” They took the name “Black Sabbath” in early 1969 from a novel named “The Devil Rides Out” by occult writer Dennis Wheatley. Geezer Butler (lyricist) also wrote a song called “Black Sabbath” taking cue from the same book.
- Butler wrote most of the Black Sabbath song lyrics by borrowing ideas from Ozzy Osbourne’s stream-of-consciousness vocal melodies.
End of the Beginning ~ YouTube.com
- It was one of the first bands that got tagged as “Heavy Metal.” The phrase originated from the song “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf in 1968.
- In the early days the band chose to rehearse across from a movie theatre. The idea was to make scary music after observing how much people enjoyed horror movies.
- Before joining the band, Iommi used to work in a factory. Later, he decided to quit to be a full-time guitarist. On his last day in the factory, he had an accident and lost the tips of the fingers. After going through depression for some time, some pep talk by his supervisor and story of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt inspired him. Eventually Iommi overcame his physical obstacle and learnt the nuances of guitar play.
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- Ozzy Osbourne left the band in 1978, and one of the candidates to replace him was Michael Bolotin, who later changed the name to Michael Bolton made career in soft rock. Instead, Ronnie James Dio joined them as the vocalist. However, Dio died in 2010 after suffering from stomach cancer.
- In 2005, Black Sabbath eventually got their name featured into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Earlier, they were ignored as many as seven times!
Brian May Inducted Black Sabbath into 2005 UK Music Hall of Fame
- In 2006, Black Sabbath was honoured with their inclusion into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While taking the award home, Tony Iommi was unable to get past the airport security as they thought the large sculpture could pose a threat by using it as a weapon.
- The song “Iron Man” by the band is said to be one of the greatest metal songs ever along with “Master of Puppets” by Metallica and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” by Iron Maiden!
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- Black Sabbath was the only heavy metal band that had a chart-topping album on Billboard 200 in the 21st They earned the No.1 position for the album “13” that was released in 2013.
Hardcore metal lovers, who have always thought pop music is stereotypical and prefabricated, still swear by Black Sabbath and perceive their songs as the ultimate benchmark of sizzling rock. The way this band influenced and ruled the heavy music domain, it is rightfully called “The Godfathers of Metal.”
Black Sabbath as a brand or an entity may have ceased to exist, but its musical footprints are eternally engraved in our minds. In fact, it has triggered another journey of nostalgia and endless yearning. Rock never dies, it always rules!