We share some stats and facts ahead of May 29 Abu Dhabi gig
Ozzy the plumber? Ozzy’s first career ambition wasn’t in the realm of music. Allegedly, when Ozzy was a youngster of around fifteen years old, he became a plumber’s apprentice, as that was the profession he was interested in at the time. Obviously, it didn’t pan out – and we’re not complaining.
They’ve got through more members than Spinal Tap Before their reunion in 2012, the band has had 22 different members over the years. Tommy Iommi has been the only ever-present member, but in the early days he did quit the then-Earth for a brief stint with Jethro Tull in 1968. Additionally, there were many members shared between Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Deep Purple. Ronnie James Dio, who replaced Ozzy as frontrunner when he began his solo career in 1978, was the vocalist for Rainbow.
Why Geezer is a Gezzer Born Terence Michael Joseph Butler, Sabbath’s bassist got his nickname for his preference of calling his classmates ‘Geezer’ at school, a British slang for ‘guy’ or ‘dude’.
Sabbath to the power of three The band's self-titled debut was done in a single day, much of it in a single take, and cost less than Dhs5,000 to record. The first title on the album? Black Sabbath. The best song on it? ‘Black Sabbath’.
Ozzy the comedian Long before The Osbournes, Ozzy displayed a knack for comedy. His talents emerged in 1983 when he played a religious pastor who hates music in Trick or Treat. The Black Sabbath band members also recently appeared in an episode of CSI. And let’s not forget his skit ad campaign for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter in 2006.
Geezer is mates with Tom Hanks... really Bassist Geezer Butler’s doom-laiden lyrics might seem a million miles away from syrupy rom-coms of Tom Hanks, but they’re apparently great mates, having bonded over their mutual love for Premier League strugglers Aston Villa, sometimes attending games together. Who would have thought.
They’re actually really nice guys Guitarist Tony Iommi collaborated with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple and many other rock artists to form a supergroup entitled WhoCares in 2011. They participated in a charity project to raise money to rebuild a music school in Armenia. The school was demolished when the city of Gyumri was hit by an earthquake in 1988.
They dig jazz When Tony Iommi injured his fingers, he was inspired by the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt to continue playing and so he developed a love for jazz music. It’s not all about the metal – the band themselves started out as a jazz-blues band named Polka Tulk, later called Earth. In early 1969, the group changed its name to the now iconic Black Sabbath.
It took awhile for the press to come around In 2005, Black Sabbath was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by friend and music icon Brian May, of Queen. Ozzy had previously removed the band from the list after they had been overlooked seven times. The following year, the band was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ozzy’s solo music help save autistic boy An eight-year-old autistic boy in Twin Peaks, California ran away into the woods due to parental abuse and was lured back into police protection after they played his favourite song ‘No More Tears’.