Over the weekend, Black Sabbath announced their new record 13 will be released in June, and revealed that former Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk played on the album. So it’s the perfect time to review some of the many musicians who bashed the skins for the metal legends over the decades.
Over the weekend (on January 13), Black Sabbath announced that the title of their next album is 13, that it will come out in June (no exact date was provided) and, most notably, that the drummer on the album is Brad Wilk, formerly of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave.
A lot has happened in Iommi’s life in the past 12 months, from Black Sabbath reuniting, to their battles with former drummer Bill Ward, their emotional performance at Lollapalooza this summer, their upcoming reunion album and most traumatically, his battle with lymphoma.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan have been friends for years, even briefly bandmates when Gillan took over lead singer duties in Black Sabbath in the mid-‘80s. Now, they’ve teamed up to release WhoCares, a collection of rarities from both of their respective back catalogs.
Let’s take a look at this week’s albums, reissues and other musical goodies from classic artists making musical waves yet again.
Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi are about to release a somewhat confusing collection that includes lesser known material from both artists’ careers, as well as some of their collaborations. Jokingly titled WhoCares, it’s likely that heavy metal and hard rock fans will care a lot.
Lollapalooza’s first day featured an incredibly eclectic assortment of acts, but perhaps none seemed quite as left-of-center as, oddly, Black Sabbath.
In the mid-’90s, Sharon Osbourne tried to get Ozzy Osbourne on the Lollapalooza tour (at that time, Lollapalooza was an alternative rock/hip-hop summer tour). Apparently, the organizers of the festival said that Ozzy wouldn’t fit in on the bill. Sharon decided to start a metal-centric festival and launched Ozzfest. That tour was the impetus behind Ozzy rejoining Black Sabbath in 1997.
Over the weekend, Black Sabbath performed their first concert since reuniting (again) with singer Ozzy Osbourne at England’s O2 Academy. More significantly, it was their first concert since guitarist Tony Iommi had been treated for lymphoma. Much to the chagrin of the band’s fans, though, drummer Bill Ward wasn’t with the group…
Black Sabbath have found a drummer to replace Bill Ward.