Black Sabbath rocker Geezer Butler has his heart set on buying into English soccer club Aston Villa. The bass player is an ardent fan of the soccer team, and insists he is serious about putting money into the club. He says, "I'm thinking of trying to buy into Aston Villa FC. I never miss a game on television in the U.S. where I live and I'm looking into investing 60 million... of what I can't say."
Ozzyhead.com, the place for news on Ozzy Osbourne, reports Black Sabbath drummer, Bill Ward has stated Black Sabbath will not play at the band's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. The ceremony takes place on March 13th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Black Sabbath is not scheduled to play Ozzfest this year. Rumors of who will take their place are abound. Check back in to The Gauntlet to read about the legendary band's replacement when announced.
What began as fondly jamming to the post-Ozzy Osbourne Black Sabbath tracks "Heaven and Hell" and "The Mob Rules" during Sabbath's Ozzfest 2005 soundchecks eventually led to a reunion with former singer Ronnie James Dio, according to bassist Geezer Butler. "We just thought it was a bit of a shame that we can't play those songs again," he tells Billboard.com. "And then earlier this year [Sabbath guitarist] Tony [Iommi] went to see Dio. They wrote a couple of songs together and it just went from there." Not only will an upcoming Dio-era Sabbath anthology feature three new songs ("Shadow of the Wind," "Devil Cries" and "Ear in the Wall"), but, as previously reported, a world tour is planned for 2007 as Heaven And Hell, the title of Sabbath's first post-Ozzy album from 1979. "The [Dio-era had] really good songs [that were] a lot different to the old original Sabbath stuff," Butler says. "They really are fun to play because a lot of them have a lot of space, where you can improvise a lot instead of sticking to the rigid formula." To read the rest at Billboard.com, click here
Sharon Osbourne says she's pleased OZZY OSBOURNE will be back headlining the entire OzzFest run this year after playing limited dates in 2006. "It just legitimizes it," she says. "It's his name up there. He's the godfather... the icon figure." And while the tour will be promoting Ozzy's latest album, Black Rain, she says talks are ongoing about a BLACK SABBATH reunion in 2008. "We're definitely talking to the guys, just talking," she says. "I think when they finish their (HEAVEN AND HELL with RONNIE JAMES DIO) tour and we finish (OZZFest), we can sit down and spend more time on it."
Heavy metal outfit Black Sabbath, led by Ozzy Osbourne, are to be inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame. Sabbath enjoyed great success throughout the seventies and the eighties, with a string of hits including the anthemic 'Mama, i'm coming home'. The group were famed for their legendary stage shows, with enigmatic and unpredictable frontman Osbourne often indulging in such wholesome activities as biting bats heads off mid-performance. Osbourne, has since went on to achieve greater notoriety as a star of reality TV show 'The Osbournes', which has seen the majority of his family achieve international celebrity status. A clearly delighted Ozzy commented: "For once in my life I'm speechless, but very happy and honoured." Osbourne will be honoured alongside Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, New Order, The Who and The Kinks. The late John Peel will become an honorary member reports The Sun. The ceremony will take place at London's Alexandra Palace on November 16.