Black Sabbath played their last ever concert on the 4th February , at their home city of Birmingham, England, where it all started way-back in 1968.
When Black Sabbath started to play and especially when they released their debut album Black Sabbath - on Friday 13th February 1970 - many people including those music critics didn’t like them, in fact hate is probably the correct term.
Still Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals) - Tony Iommi (Guitar) - Geezer Butler (Bass - Songwriter) - Bill Ward (Drums) kept on hard rocking and salute them we must because they helped to spur a new form of music - heavy metal.
While their debut album was fairly successful their record company wanted to capitalise on this and so Black Sabbath’s second album Paranoid was released on the 18th September 1970, and the single Paranoid put Black Sabbath firmly on the map.
Black Sabbath played numerous world tours that grew in numbers as the band released a crop of good quality heavy metal albums - Master of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), Never Say Die! (1978).
Unfortunately with success, especially at a young age had its draw-backs and soon alcohol and drugs took hold and didn’t help the band members.
Often politics develops into bad blood and Ozzy Osbourne was surprisingly sacked in April 1979, and went on as a successful solo artist, with a new team of fresh heavy metallers.
The rest of the albums Black Sabbath released without Ozzy Osbourne; Born Again Ian Gillan on vocals (1983), Heaven and Hell first album with Dio on vocals and the three original members (1980), Mob Rules (1981) and Dehumanizer featured both Dio on vocals and Vinny Appice on drums (1992), Cross Purposes - Tony Martin on vocals - Bobby Rondinelli on drums (1994).
Albums without main songwriter and bass player Geezer Butler; Seventh Star Dave Spitz on bass - Eric Singer on drums (1986), The Eternal Idol - Eric Singer on drums - Bob Daisy on bass (1987), Headless Cross - Laurence Cottle on bass (1989), Tyr (1990) and Forbidden - Tony Martin on vocals - Neil Murray on bass - Cozy Powell on drums (1995).
Then surprisingly eighteen years later and with Ozzy Osbourne back as vocalist but without Bill Ward came 13 (2013).