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As I said on Twitter the other night, I wanted to thank the Melbourne crowd the other night for their incredible support! It was really great seeing old friends, and great being back on stage with Black Sabbath.
Also, it was a great crowd in Perth, too. Thanks to ALL who have turned up at the gigs – hope to see you somewhere else down the road on tour this year!
The “13″ tour is due to start soon. Several concerts have been announced, and tickets can be ordered via links at the Official Black Sabbath Website here: http://www.blacksabbath.com/events.html
I’ve seen almost every episode of
#CSI – I’m actually in the season finale! Sabbath playing a track from the new album; watch out for it!
Just saw the band Apocalyptica played Paranoid in support of Breast Cancer. Go check ‘em out, it’s a good cause…
Here’s what the band has to say about this: “To celebrate sales of 30,000 pink-ribbons we play ‘Paranoid’ (in Finland “play ‘Paranoid’” is the slogan people shout on every show for every band). For this campaign several known Finns have promised to do something unusual when the sales grow. Hope you’ll have fun with this and please take part in your local Pink Ribbon campaigns all over the world!!!”
Thank you, thank you, thank you Birmingham. Best fans ever- you brought out the best in us. It was a privilege playing for you tonight. Tony was a hero- you were the best medicine he has had. Proud to be a Brummie.
Thanks to Sergej Scerbanovskij for the photo.
I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet. It has been a very tough year for us as a band, having announced our reunion plans, only for Tony to be diagnosed with lymphoma, leaving us no choice but to postpone the proposed Sabbath tour, and then for Bill to go public on his site about an un-signable contract. None of us knew how Tony was going to respond to his intensive chemo therapy, and radiotherapy. Ozzy and myself flew to England to be with Tony, and on his “good” days, we’d meet at his home studio and put ideas together for the upcoming album, all sitting down together, no drummer involved, just 3 of us quietly putting together ideas. We thought that when we had enough songs together for a full band rehearsal, we’d move back to L.A and put the whole thing together with Bill. Unfortunately, to our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he’d been offered an un-signable contract. He hadn’t told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us let alone in public. We had the idea of keeping just one show in this year, hoping that Tony would be well enough for that show, and that things with Bill would be sorted. As you may expect, a one off show at Donnington Festival (Download) costs an absolute fortune to stage, involving over 50 people, transport, air fares, hotels, meals, agents, promotors, accountants, lawyers etc, so none of us, expected to make much money from it- it was a one off Sabbath show for the fans, before we go into recording the new album. Apparently, this wasn’t acceptable to Bill’s representatives, they wanted an amount that was so unrealistic that it seemed to have been a joke. So we resigned ourselves to doing Download without Bill, hoping he’d change his mind and at least make a guest appearance. We started rehearsals a few weeks ago with Tommy Cluefetos, the drummer who will be on the Ozzy and Friends Tour. Brilliant drummer and good bloke. It was decided we’d better do a warm up show, to break the ice since we haven’t played together live. The O2 Academy was available in Birmingham, where we were rehearsing, so we decided on that, and to make a donation to Help For Heroes Charity, since we’d be ironing out any glitches we may have. Then Bill put out a further statement saying he’d been ready to play the Birmingham show , but he was expected to have to do it “for free”- well, I think that’s basically how you raise money from gigs for charity – you play them “for free”.
All I am saying is that there are two sides to everything. I do hope to play with Bill again some day. For whatever reason; it wasn’t meant to be this time. Bill’s made his decision, and I have to respect that. Hopefully this painful year will be worth the wait for the new Sabbath album and end in joy and happiness for all.
Well, rehearsals are finally finished, and now for the nervous part, playing our home town gig. Since it is a warm up show, there will probably be a few glitches , but remember it’s all in a good cause, since we’ll be donating to the “Help For Heroes” charity, a fantastic charity that helps our troops who have been wounded in recent wars. No matter what your feelings about the wars are, these men and women willingly dedicate their lives for our defence and freedom. I hope the people who are making profits by re-selling the tickets to real fans find it in their hearts to do the right thing and donate at least some of their gains to the charity.
Thanks for caring.
Black Sabbath will play a warmup gig in Birmingham on Saturday May 19th at the O2 Academy. Tickets go on sale this Friday. More info on tickets here.