BLACK SABBATH - Bill Ward Pays Tribute To Tony Iommi On Rock 50

February 27, 2012, 5 years ago

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BLACK SABBATH Online reports:

"This past Saturday was the most recent episode of Rock 50 with Bill Ward. Rock 50 is a show on college radio station WPMD in Cerritos, CA. Once a month, Bill comes in and is the DJ, picks the tunes, and occasionally dispenses some nuggets from his past. Most of the tunes he plays are more modern metal, but he goes all over the place from PINK FLOYD, BUDDY HOLLY, LUCIANO PAVAROTTI and TYPE O NEGATIVE.

Bill also will do themed “tributes” to various artists for whatever reason. On this episode, Bill did a tribute to Tony Iommi because of Tony’s recent 64th birthday. Bill talked a little about Tony’s birthday in intro-ing the piece. Bill played several Black Sabbath songs.

Here’s what was played:

'Wicked World'

'Embryo' / 'Children Of The Grave' / 'The Haunting'

'Johnny Blade'

'Air Dance'

'Hand of Doom'


Read the full report at this location.

Last week, Sharon Osbourne has revealed to VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner that Black Sabbath will perform one US show this summer.

"They’re gonna be doing one show in America this summer, but I can’t say yet because we can’t announce it, the promoters have to,” Osbourne states. “But they are doing one show in August here together.”

On whether or not drummer Bill Ward will be appearing, Sharon says, ""We don't know yet, we really don't know. It's up to Bill. The door is open for him to join us, so it's up to him."

In regards to work on the new Black Sabbath album, Sharon says, “It’s going good. They’re doing really well in the studio. Gosh, they must’ve written 15 new songs already and it’s going great.”

Black Sabbath - who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour - have had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma. At this time, Black Sabbath will perform only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10th at the UK’s Download Festival.

So as not to let the promoters and fans down, OZZY OSBOURNE will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled Black Sabbath dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY & FRIENDS. These “first ever” Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians including GEEZER BUTLER (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy band member ZAKK WYLDE. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend SLASH at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).

Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continue to write and record music in the UK for their upcoming album. More information about these dates and Black Sabbath’s recording and touring plans is forthcoming.

The 2012 tour dates are as follows:

Black Sabbath:


10 - Donnington, UK - Download Festival

Ozzy & Friends:


23 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena
25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stadium
27 - Jelling, Denmark - Jelling Festival
29 - Bergen, Norway - Bergen Calling Festival
31 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum


2 - Malmo, Sweden - Malmo Stadium
4 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle
6 - Prague, Czech Rep - O2 Arena
15 - Vitoria, Spain - Azkena Rock Festival
17 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
22 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
24 - Milan, Italy - Gods of Metal Festival
26 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
28 - Belgrade, Serbia - USCE Park


1 - Athens, Greece - Rockwave Festival – Terra

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