On the day before Halloween 1970, Black Sabbath made their U.S. debut. And this quite appropriate event took place at the usually sedate Glassboro State College in Glassboro, N.J., a school known for hosting guests like poet Robert Frost and the Boston Pops. They'd never seen anything like Black Sabbath before.
Much has been made - and rightly so - about Black Sabbath’s almost-reunion, minus founding drummer Bill Ward, to record 2013’s ‘13’ album, an astounding 35 years after Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler last collaborated on an LP, ‘Never Say Die!,’ which was released on Sept. 28, 1978.
Metal pioneers Black Sabbath were reaching beyond their heavy musical roots by the time they recorded their fourth album in 1972, coming up with an amalgam of classic heavy riffing, a growing sense of melody, and even some touches of progressive rock. The album endures as a classic today - even though it was almost derailed by the band's growing substance abuse.
A live DVD release will close out what has been a very, very good year for fans of Black Sabbath. The band has announced they'll release 'Black Sabbath: Live ... Gathered in Their Masses' on Nov. 26. The footage comes from two Black Sabbath tour dates from this past spring. And it's probably not a coincidence that the announcement comes on Friday the 13th.
The creative director of Universal Studios Hollywood caught up with Black Sabbath in Austin recently and showed Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler what 'Black Sabbath 13 3D' -- a new attraction at the annual Halloween Horror Nights based on the group's music and recent album -- will look like. Fans also get a preview of the scares in the above clip.