February 20, 1999 |
My dad always told me to use the right tool for the job. The original lineup of Black Sabbath - reuniting for a little graybeard glory (and a lot of cash) for the first time in nearly 20 years - was coming to town and I got the concertreview assignment. Having never been much of a headbanger, I enlisted the help of a Black Sabbath expert. He calls himself Jimmy Satan. He's 23, plays guitar for a band of local heavy-metal humorists called Wastoid, and lives with his parents in deep Southwest Philly.
November 29, 2005 |
SABBATH can finally rest easy. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame spoke yesterday and what it said was: "Ozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy!" Yes, foul-mouthed, drug-addled, bat-biting frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, who had previously called the Hall's vote "totally irrelevant," will lead Black Sabbath into the Class of 2006 along with Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols and Blondie. Miles Davis? Black Sabbath was first nominated to the Hall in 1996, but had missed the cut every year.
August 13, 2013 |
The legend of the first edition of Black Sabbath - heavy metal's loudest, sludgiest, darkest band - looms large; large enough to survive Ozzy Osbourne's leaving after Never Say Die! in 1978; large enough, even, to survive the demonic singer's family-friendly time as a reality television staple. Since the band's 1969 start, guitarist Tony Iommi's arsenal of thick, monster riffs and archly sinister solos, along with bassist Geezer Butler's nimble-fingered low-end rumble (to say nothing of his meanly fantastical lyrics)
August 7, 1992 |
Justice is mine, sayeth the God of heavy metal rock, looking down on his most worthy of subjects, Black Sabbath, and summoning them to rise anew. For decades, the British-born Sabbath was thrown out of the temple, rejected by the scribes of music criticism and the programmers of radio who listened but could not hear Sabbath's anguished cries of rebellion, nor understand their mystical, spiritual search. The naysayers judged them only as noisy despoilers of the music known then as progressive rock.
May 18, 2010
Ronnie James Dio, 67, a singer with the heavy-metal bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio, whose powerful vocal style and attachment to demonic imagery made him a genre mainstay, died Sunday of stomach cancer in Los Angeles. Mr. Dio was known as much for his vocal prowess as for his stage persona. He sang about devils, defiance, and the glory of rock-and-roll with a voice that rose to a bombastic vibrato. He is credited with popularizing the "devil horn" hand gesture - index and pinkie fingers up, everything else clenched in a fist - as a symbol of metal's occultlike worship of everything scary and heavy.
July 13, 1995 |
Spinal Tap 3? Confused hordes of KISS conventioneers? No, it's the meeting of old metal minds - Black Sabbath and Motorhead - that brought the fist- and finger-waving throng to the TLA Tuesday. The downsized show (originally scheduled at the Tower) carried with it the requisite tattoo and biker attitude; but that ideology has been adopted by both alternative and skate-punk crowds. What's a metal dude to do? Bring on the merry old men of mirthful metal: Motorhead. The high-decibel trio is led by greasy, mutton-chopped Lemmy, whose fuzz- bass leads and whiskey-soaked rusty scream define this manically grotesque pub rock.
June 25, 1994 |
Soundgarden is single-handedly revolutionizing heavy metal. In the beginning, when Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple first reworked the blues, the music's appeal was universal. But since the early '70s, the genre has spoken mostly to suburban teenage boys. At the Tower Theater on Thursday, Soundgarden reclaimed heavy metal for the masses. The work of heavy metal's pioneers remains the bedrock of the Seattle quartet's tunes. Approximately half of Thursday's show was devoted to that older, simpler material.
August 8, 2008 |
Running through August, the highly anticipated Metal Masters Tour started Wednesday night at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center with a dazzling doubleheader of winning theatrical metal from two rock bands with roots going back 40 years to Birmingham, England. Judas Priest headlined, opening with selections from its new double-CD "metal opera" Nostradamus about the 16th-century French poet-prophet; the band closed 85 minutes later after leather-loving frontman Rob Halford rolled out on a motorcycle for a three-song encore climaxed by "You've Got Another Thing Coming.
March 19, 2016 |
When your last name is Odd and you run an establishment called Rosemary's Billygoat Odditorium, you get used to fielding some offbeat phone calls. According to Mike Odd, who also fronts an L.A. theatrical rock band called Rosemary's Billygoat, "if a guy had an aardvark skeleton he was looking to unload, I would get the call. " The call that would change his life came in late 2013, when an anonymous query led him to a burger franchise in Chatsworth, Calif. This, according to Odd's story, was when he first met Ronald Osbourne, the front man (front clown?
October 27, 2006 |
PLEASE, O great gods of Tattle, we beseech thee! Can we please be done with Anna Nicole Smith? Thunderclap. Lightning. "Nope. " Bahamian authorities are investigating whether Anna Nicole legally obtained permanent residency in the Bahamas. (Maybe if they built a fence around the island, they could keep people like Anna Nicole out.) The probe centers on the $1 million mansion that Smith's application for residency claimed she had purchased from rich guy Gaither B. Thompson, who allegedly enjoyed pole dances by the ex-stripper last year.