History Lesson: BLACK SABBATH’s 1975 Masterpiece, Sabotage

The final great BLACK SABBATH record with the band’s original line-up rarely gets the love it deserves outside diehard SABBATH fans. Most every tribute album or SABBATH cover song skips over this massive album.

While I love the five albums that preceded 1975’s Sabotage, this is the SABBATH album that spoke to me most as a teenager who was totally immersed in discovering all the heavy music I could get my hands on. To this day, I only own this album in cassette format. It’s the most depressing and emotionally powerful album in that disillusioned and maddening sense. The band were undoubtedly living life to full excess but were very much in touch with their souls.

After the first three songs, “Hole in the Sky,” “Symptom of the Universe” (the first thrash song ever written) and “Don’t Start (Too Late),” Sabotage really takes off on its epic journey through alienation, disillusionment, and liberation. The band wore their heart on their sleeves and that is something that really resonated in and connected with me as a disillusioned kid at the time.

While it is a crime to be a casual SABBATH fan, it’s never too late to learn about and subsequently worship at the altar of the gods. Let us enjoy some selections from this great work of art.

HALFORD to Tour North America with OZZY OSBOURNE

Metal God Records and Rob Halford are pleased to confirm HALFORD North American concert dates November and December with Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy Osbourne & Rob Halford 2010 North America Fall Tour:
Nov. 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov. 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 18 – Edmonton, MB – Rexall Place
Nov. 20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Nov. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Nov. 25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
Nov. 27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Dec. 01 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
Dec. 03 – E. Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Dec. 05 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Dec. 12 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

HALFORD will also perform at Seattle’s Showbox on November 10th and Denver’s Ogden Theatre on December 15th. Tickets available September 17th and 18th for Halford’s Seattle and Denver headline performances at Ticketmaster.com.

Rob Halford will be touring in support of his new studio release, Halford IV Made Of Metal, featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting world-wide September 27, Oct 8 (UK & EU), September 28th (North America) and October 13, 2010 (Japan).

Watch Ozzy Osbourne’s Digg Dialogg Interview!

Ozzy Osbourne‘s Digg Dialogg interview, which took place this week, has been posted. As recently posted, Ozzy fielded a series of questions as submitted and voted on by the Digg community. The clip clocks in at just over 34 minutes. Watch it below…

Or head over to Digg to view the clip: http://digg.com/dialogg/Ozzy_Osbourne_1

Ozzy Osbourne to Answer Fan Questions for Upcoming Digg Dialogg

In advance of Ozzy Osbourne‘s forthcoming new album, Scream, the legendary singer will be the next guest on Digg Dialog, the Q&A series by social news site Digg.  Past guests have included Trent Reznor, Tony Hawk, Al Gore, and many more.

Ozzy will be asked a series of questions submitted directly from the fans; the most popular questions, as voted on by the Digg community, will be asked during the video interview.

Here are some of the most popular questions submitted so far:

  • As a pioneer of heavy metal, what do you think of current heavy metal music?
  • What do you think about music piracy? Do you believe in RADIOHEAD and NINE INCH NAILS‘ model?
  • What’s the real story behind Iron Man?
  • Whats your biggest regret? And what crazy shit are you happy you’ve done?
  • What are some of the bands you are listening to currently?
  • If you are the Prince of Darkness, who is the King?
  • When you look at the current state of music, what disappoints you the most?

Submit your questions now!

The interview will take place new monday, June 15th, at Ozzy‘s house and will air the following week on Digg.  We will also post the video here on APESHIT.

Ozzy Osbourne to Release New Album Scream on June 22nd

Ozzy Osbourne is back with a new album, Scream, which is set to drop June 22nd through Epic Records. Scream is Ozzy‘s first album in three years and 10th studio album overall. The album was produced by Ozzy and Kevin Churko, both of whom produced his last album, Black Rain, and is the first to feature new guitarist Gus G.

A special digital download of the album will be made available for free on the day before the album release to those who purchase Ozzfest tickets at LiveNation.com through June 18th.

Peep the Scream tracklist below:
1. “Let It Die
2. “Let Me Hear You Scream
3. “Soul Sucker
4. “Life Won’t Wait
5. “Diggin’ Me Down
6. “Crucify
7. “Fearless
8. “Time
9. “I Want It More
10. “Latimer’s Mercy
11. “I Love You All

Check out a video of the “Making of Scream“:

Free Ozzfest: Initial Ticket Details Announced

Ticket codes for this summer’s free Ozzfest (a.k.a Freefest) will be distributed through sponsor websites beginning May 12. Details on these programs are available on ozzfest.com, livenation.com, monsterenergy.com, jagermusic.com and fye.com. Additionally, various sponsors will have offline initiatives for acquiring tickets, details of which will also be available via their respective websites.

These codes can be redeemed for tickets beginning June 12–exactly one month before the first Ozzfest 2007 show in Seattle. Fans will return to the site where they registered or www.livenation.com/ozzfest, enter their code and download two tickets to the show of their choice. Tickets are limited to two per customer.

Freefest is set to feature OZZY OSBOURNE, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, LORDI, BEHEMOTH, MONDO GENERATOR, NILE, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, THE SHOWDOWN, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, DAATH, CHTHONIC, and IN THIS MOMENT.

The 24-city earth-pounding 12th annual Ozzfest will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Ozzfest will also hit George, WA, Sacramento, CA, Mountain View, CA, Devore, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Denver, CO, Kansas City, MO, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, St. Louis, MO, Columbus, OH, Tinley Park, IL, East Troy, WI, Indianapolis, IN, Holmdel, NJ, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit, MI, Charlotte, NC and West Palm Beach, FL.

LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, LORDI, Others Confirmed for This Summer’s “Free” Ozzfest

LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, and LORDI are among the first acts announced to join Ozzy Osbourne on this summer’s “free” Ozzfest.  LAMB OF GOD and Finland’s LORDI will take on the mainstage while HATEBREED will be the second stage’s lone headlining act.  Second stage support acts will include MONDO GENERATOR, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, NILE and THE SHOWDOWN.

The tour was originally scheduled to start July 7th but has been pushed back to July 12th to accommodate the extension of Ozzy‘s European tour.  Here is the complete Ozzfest itinerary:
Jul. 12 – White River Amphitheatre, Seattle, WA
Jul. 14 – Gorge, George, WA
Jul. 17 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
Jul. 19 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Jul. 21 – Hyundai Pavilion, Devore, CA
Jul. 24 – Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Jul. 26 – Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Jul. 28 – Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Jul. 30 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Kansas City, MO
Aug. 02 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
Aug. 04 – Smirnoff Music Center, Dallas, TX
Aug. 06 – UMB Bank Pavilion, St. Louis, MO
Aug. 08 – Germain Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH
Aug. 10 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
Aug. 12 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
Aug. 14 – Verizon Wireless Music Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
Aug. 16 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 18 – New England Dodge Music Theatre, Hartford, CT
Aug. 20 – Tweeter Center, Boston, MA
Aug. 22 – Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 24 – Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 26 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug. 28 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
Aug. 30 – Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL

Ozzfest 2007 F.A.Q.: Some Very Preliminary Details

While specific details of this week’s Ozzfest announcement are still being worked out, a brief list of details were posted on the official Ozzfest forums:

Q: Will Ozzy be at my show?
A: As of now, Ozzy is scheduled to headline ALL OZZFEST DATES

Q: Will there be a limit to the number of tickets I can buy?
A: Again, yes, there will be. The amount has not yet been determined, but there will be.

Q: How will I gain entrance?
A: You will print out or recieve the tickets that you have secured and you will bring those with you to the event, where you will exchange them for entrance.

Q: How will the seating be decided?
A: As in previous years, the second stage will still be general admission for everyone without seats. However, as far as main stage, it will be first come, first serve basis for both general admission AND the seats. Of course, you do not stake claim to seats, meaning that if you stand up and leave the seats, others are entitled to sit there.

Q: Will merchandise and concession prices be raised to make up for the lack of ticket price?
A: No. The prices will remain up to the individual artists to decide, however, there will be no expected raise in prices.

Q: How will the artists make money off of this?
A: They are free to book themselves at local shows on days before, after, and days OF the fest. Also, they are, as always, welcome to bring and sell merchandise.

Q: How different will the bill be from date to date?
A: Some second stage acts may change, however, the main stage acts will be comitted and appear throughout the tour, unless otherwise stated.

Q: Is there any truth to rumors that Ozzfest will be moved inside?
A: No, the shows will be at amphitheaters as they traditionally have been.

Lastly, there will be a ticket limit (per person) but that number has not yet been determined.  To make sure you receive the latest information on securing tickets, subscribe to ozzfest.com or forums.ozzfest.com.

The original press conference has been posted online for viewing here: http://windowsmedia.onthescene.com/OzzFest_07a.wmv.

Ozzfest 2007: Tickets will be Free!

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and Ozzfest tour producer Live Nation broke the news today at the Concert Industry Consortium in Los Angeles that their 12th annual hard rock spectacular–a 25-date extravaganza launching July 7 in Los Angeles–is pulling the plug on ticket prices and giving the power back to the fans calling this summer’s Ozzfest “FreeFest.”  The other Ozzfest cities as of now are San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Charlotte, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Nashville. Note: a final confirmed list of cities and dates is forthcoming.

“This will change everybody’s impression of the way touring in the summer in America should be,” said Sharon Osbourne.  “For the last few years, ticket prices have steadily climbed as artists demand more and more money for summer tours. We certainly want everybody to make money, however we also want the kids to be able to afford to come out and have an incredible experience. If we continued with the traditional touring festival model, we would have no choice but to raise ticket prices again this year.

“We’re reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs. As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That’s what’s happening with summer touring in this country, it’s out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That’s what it’s about.”

Jason Garner, Live Nation President of North American Concerts added the following: “For the past 11 years, music fans have made Ozzfest the most successful and enduring rock music festival in the United States. What better way to say ‘Thank You’ to the music fans who have made this possible than inviting them to attend Ozzfest for free.”

To gain entry into the event, fans will go to www.ozzfest.com or www.livenation.com to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming.

For this summer’s edition, OZZY will make his triumphant return to the headlining position on this year’s mainstage after surprising fans last year by performing on the down-and-dirty second stage at a handful of dates. Audiences can expect the Prince of Darkness to unveil new songs from his forthcoming studio album, OZZY‘s first disc of new material since 2001. While the rest of the in-progress bill is under wraps, Sharon points out, “we have bands committed, but we’re hoping that after today’s announcement we’ll have a whole influx of artists who want to be a part of something this ground breaking. We know there aren’t any major headlining acts that would tour all summer for nothing, but we’re confident we can turn some of the genre’s biggest bands on to what we’re doing and have them come out to play a date or two. If they’re in town and want the rush of performing in front of 20,000 frenzied kids, they’re more than welcome to join us. They can sell their t-shirts, CDs and whatever else they’ve got. They’re also welcome to book their own shows in local venues on the day of Ozzfest. I’m not stopping them. People have to be creative and think of alternatives.”

Ozzfest was created to keep this genre of music alive by showcasing new talent,” states Sharon. “You better believe we’re going to keep perpetuating that by hand-picking compelling new bands that are hungry for Ozzfest‘s career-making exposure.”