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Campaign Launches to Rename Birmingham Airport After Ozzy Osbourne

Thanks to Black Sabbath, the city of Birmingham, England, can arguably be called the birthplace of heavy metal. Now, Black Sabbath’s first manager, Jim Simpson, is leading the charge to rename Birmingham Airport after the band’s iconic singer, Ozzy Osbourne.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Thankful and ‘Looking Forward to Next Year’

The end of the year offers the perfect time to reflect on where you're at in life, and you'd have to think that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has a brighter outlook on things now than he did earlier in 2012. The guitarist confirms as much in a newly posted year-end update.

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Ozzy Osbourne Celebrates 64th Birthday Recording Vocals for New Black Sabbath Album

Yesterday (Dec. 3) was Ozzy Osbourne’s birthday and if you’ve spent any time wondering how the Prince of Darkness celebrated his 64th, all you had to do was follow him on Twitter to find out.

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Ozzy Osbourne on Black Sabbath’s New Album: ‘What It Boils Down to Now Is the Music’

The members of Black Sabbath may not be the rock miscreants they were in their 20s, but Ozzy Osbourne is fine with that, as it's brought the group back to what initially mattered to them in the first place -- the music. Osbourne spoke with the New Zealand Herald about the differences between the Sabbath of old and what's happening now and how age has brought some perspective.

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Black Sabbath + Slipknot to Headline Two-Day Ozzfest Japan

The news keeps coming out of the Black Sabbath camp. Not long after it was revealed that the band was planning an April 2013 release and Australian tour, the group was officially confirmed for Japan's inaugural Ozzfest. They'll headline night two on May 12 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, Japan, while Slipknot have now been confirmed to finish out night one on May 11.

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Black Sabbath Making Progress on New Album in Malibu Studio

It has been a while since we've heard anything about the progress of Black Sabbath's upcoming album, but Metal Injection has uncovered some details about the recordings, including a song title.

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Bill Ward Hopes for Return to Black Sabbath

The year of 2012 was supposed to find a reunited Black Sabbath playing festivals all over the world. But due to guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with cancer and drummer Bill Ward's absence because of a contract dispute, they only played three shows, all minus the band's original stickman.

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Black Sabbath’s Entire 2012 Lollapalooza Set Surfaces Via Fan Video

If you weren’t at Lollapalooza, you missed one of only a handful of performances that Black Sabbath are playing this year. Three-fourths of the original band have booked only a handful of dates while Tony Iommi recovers from cancer treatments earlier in the year, and now fan-shot video footage (courtesy of Jason Jude as branded on the clips) from the entire Lollapalooza performance has found its way online.

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Black Sabbath Unleash Pro-Shot 2012 Performance of ‘Paranoid’ Live in England

The fact that the original members of Black Sabbath weren’t able to undertake a full-on world tour in 2012 was devastating to Sabbath fans. Guitarist Tony Iommi‘s cancer diagnosis stuck a knife into the heart of Sabbath fans, and reduced Sabbath to playing only three live shows this year, with their one U.S. date happening on Aug. 3 at Lollapalooza. Add to that drummer Bill Ward ‘s contract dispute, which resulted in his departure from the band, and the reunion that was announced on Nov. 11, 2011, didn’t pan out as originally planned.

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Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabotage’ Earns Spot on Top 50 Worst Album Covers List

Black Sabbath was just “honored” for releasing one of the Top 50 Worst Album Covers according to internet humor website The FW. Sabbath’s sixth studio album, ‘Sabotage’ came in at No. 28 on the list, which features some of the most ridiculous and hilarious cover art in music history.

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Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne: ‘I Didn’t Know We Were the Forefathers of Metal!’

It’s truly happening! Even though Bill Ward was unable to come to terms on a contract, at least three-fourths of the original Black Sabbath lineup are back on the stage and performing together again. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that they’re writing and recording new music for the first time in decades.

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Black Sabbath Ink Merchandising Deal That Allows Contest Winners to Design Apparel

The members of Black Sabbath will be back on the road playing a handful of dates this summer, and when they do, there will be new merchandise to sell.

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