The 2022 Edition of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games ended yesterday and as a part of the grandiose closing celebration there was a surprise appearance by Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi. This would be the first appearance by Ozzy on the live stage in about three years. The pair were joined by Tommy Clufetos on drums and Adam Wakeman on bass.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: What more can I add to this? I really don’t think there is a whole lot of discourse to add outside of how awesome it was to see two legendary members of Black Sabbath jamming out to one of their most classic of numbers “Paranoid”. According to some reports they also did “Iron Man” but this was the only Official Video posted on the Black Sabbath YouTube Channel. Everyone sounded great and the two legends were smiling back and forth during the song which had to send satisfying waves through the screen of those watching it like this and for sure to those who were witnessing this in person. I doubt we shall see one more go round for Sabbath in the touring sense but after these pandemic times and the way that the world is turning I surely wouldn’t mind it. What say you all? Chime in down below in the comments and I will see you again soon.
The Press Release:
Widely regarded as innovators of the musical genre which came to be known as Heavy Metal, legendary Birmingham-bred Black Sabbath celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2020 of their multi-million selling album Paranoid with a 5-LP/4CD edition released on October 9th, featuring the vinyl debut of two 1970 concerts.
PARANOID: SUPER DELUXE EDITION includes the original album, in addition to a rare 1974 Quad Mix of the album folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970, from Montreux and Brussels, that are pressed on vinyl for the first time. The five-LP set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.
Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “Paranoid” Live – Single Label: Eagle Records Release Date: 10/12/1027 Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Rating: 5/5
Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few months, you know full well that the legendary Black Sabbath has called it a career with their “The End” tour that finished its run in their hometown of Birmingham, England back in February. A brand-new live album was recorded to commemorate the gig and while we still have about month to go before it’s release, they have delivered a single by the way of the mega-classic number “Paranoid”. I’ve decided to post some quick thoughts about the tune while we count down the days until the release of the full-length “The End” album. Here we go. Continue reading “Paranoid” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath→
Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “Classic Albums: Paranoid” (Blu-ray) Label: Eagle Vision Release Date: 6/29/2010 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating: 3.75/5
If you are among the hardest core of the Black Sabbath followers in the Metal Music Republic then there is a good chance that you want to own this release in the higher quality Blu-ray version as opposed to the standard DVD which comes to the world at the very same time. There is no real difference other than the visual and audio which is a lot crisper and cleaner than on the other edition.
Continuing to deliver the often outstanding VH1 series “Classic Albums”, Eagle Vision delivers the goods on one of Heavy Metal’s most influential albums of all time – Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. I could end my thoughts about this release right here because it is unlikely that any Metal heads exist that don’t want to know the thought and creative processes that went into making such a legendary album. Sabbath as a band had debuted the year before with their self-titled album and yes this was a killer but it was not until the release of the second LP “Paranoid” that the larger part of the world was made aware that something heavy this way comes. I’m sure that when the Sabs were composing this eventually classic release that they were simply trying to come up with a solid follow-up to their debut and as many a heavy music fan will attest, “Paranoid” is one of the greatest of all time when it comes down to it. If you disagree with me, take a look at your friends music collections whether they be LP, CD, pre-recorded tape and even those that might still have a working 8 Track. You will probably find the album “Paranoid” in more than 75% of the observed sample. That being said, it is amazing to listen and learn from this documentary as it presents views from the full lineup of Sabbath and each offers up their insight as to where their creative head was at the time they did it. Continue reading “Classic Albums: Paranoid” [Blu-ray] by Black Sabbath→