BW & BK note that Heaven & Hell (a.k.a. Black Sabbath) will be hitting the road next year in support of Black Sabbath: The Dio Years. Ozzy Osbourne’s “camp” (a.k.a. Sharon Osbourne) has issued a statement saying:
Tony Iommi and Ronnie Dio are working on a project together which has nothing to do with Black Sabbath. There is only one Black Sabbath. Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill will be touring late next year along with a new Black Sabbath album. However, Ozzy wishes Tony and Ronnie much success in their project together.
Now, I don’t want to seem argumentative but Sabbath has had no less than 22 members over the years. Granted, the ground-breaking version was the original four members, but the Dio years were just as solid and have stood the test of time. Go listen to Mob Rules and tell me that song couldn’t be released today. To say that only the original four matter is more than a little disrespectful to the other eighteen people, without whom Sabbath likely would’ve folded. Of course, that wouldn’t have affected Sharon’s empire, so what the hell does she care, right?
The reality is, this is nothing more than Sharon getting her panties in a wad. I tend to agree with the comments in the Blabbermouth announcement stating that now that the here-today-gone-tomorrow pop crowd has moved on and Ozzy has been left with fewer fans than he started with, Sharon is getting a little desperate. The statement that Sabbath (with Ozzy) will have a new album in 2007 is a strong indication. Ozzy has stated for years that he will never record with Sabbath again and with Heaven & Hell touring in 2007, it doesn’t look likely. Sure, it could happen and you can bet your ass that if Sharon tells Ozzy to record with Sabbath that he’ll do it.
The whole announcement strikes me as so much piss and vinegar, and completely unnecessary. Which pretty much sums up Sharon these days.
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