Forbidden at 25

If you’re the kind of fan who thinks Black Sabbath died after 1978, or are one of those fans that say “No Ward, No Sabbath”, then you might as well stop reading now.  This article won’t be for you.  I’m here to talk about the 25th anniversary of one of the more maligned albums in […]

Padavona.com

If you’ve never visited the site Padavona.com, then you’ve done yourself a disservice.  It was a site very well put together by Jeremy Whitted.  It used to be called “Dio – The Early Years” in the past.  It covered an era of Ronnie’s career that a lot of people didn’t even know existed, the pre-Elf […]

Ronald James Padavona

Back in December 1981, I was leafing through the pages of a Hit Parader magazine, and I happened upon the cover art for the Mob Rules album.  I wondered what kind of music went with that kind of art, so I trudged on down to the Sam Goody and bought Mob Rules.  Put it in, […]

Jazz Sabbath

Jazz Sabbath will release their self-titled debut album on April 10th. The jazz trio, formed in 1968, were considered to be at the forefront of the new English jazz movement. Their self-titled debut album would be released on 13 Feb 1970, but on Feb 12th founding member and pianist Milton Keanes was hospitalised with a […]

Ozzy Announces Parkinsons

In a bit of news that doesn’t seem terribly surprising, Ozzy Osbourne this morning announced on US television that he has Parkinson’s Disease.   I think most long time fans suspected this, but it was never announced until this morning. There’s a video clip of this available here from the Good Morning America show: Ozzy […]

Phenomena Anthology

Does anyone remember the Phenomena project?  That’s a band/project put together by producer Tom Galley (and his brother, Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley).  They’re of note to Sabbath fans, because several former Sabbath members appeared on the releases (Cozy Powell, Don Airey, Ray Gillen, Neil Murray, etc)….   I’m writing to make you aware of a […]

Sabbath Survivor Rises

If you’ve been around my site for awhile, you’ll remember a poll I did called “Black Sabbath Survivor”.  It basically was the kind of poll you normally see of “what song is your favorite”… EXCEPT… this is modeled after the show Survivor, and you vote people “off the island”.  So basically, instead of voting for […]

Dio: The Studio Album Collection: 1996 – 2004

Earlier this morning, I got a press release sent to me about an upcoming Dio box set.  It’s called “Dio: The Studio Album Collection: 1996 – 2004″.  This set was mentioned some time ago about Wendy Dio, and is basically a remastered set of the Dio studio albums “Angry Machines”, “Magica”, “Killing the Dragon”, & […]

Ronnie’s Last Stand

10 years ago today, was the last time that Ronnie James Dio took the stage for a concert.  I was fortunate to be able to send a couple of guys to film video of the last show on that tour (in my name – I wasn’t there), and y’all have seen the product of that […]

‘Black Sabbath Bridge’ to be named at event in Birmingham

The official naming of the ‘Black Sabbath Bridge’ in honour of Birmingham’s legendary heavy metal rockers is taking place in the heart of the city’s entertainment district later this month. Two Black Sabbath founder members will be attending the extraordinary event at the road bridge which crosses the canal on Broad Street at 3pm on […]