Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band have since experienced multiple line-up changes, with guitarist Iommi being the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a blues rock band named Earth, the band soon adopted the Black Sabbath moniker and began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with these two themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Osbourne's heavy drug and alcohol use led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Following two albums with Dio, Black Sabbath endured countless personnel changes in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as several drummers and bassists. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath's 19th studio album, 13, which features all of the original members but Ward, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). They were ranked by MTV as the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.


Former members, Session and guest drummers, as well as tour substitutes from 1968–2017 (hiatus: 2006-2011)

  • Bill Ward - 1968–1980, 1982–1983, 1985, 1994, 1997–2012
    • Release contributions: all Black Sabbath releases from Black Sabbath (1970) to Heaven and Hell (1980), Born Again (1983) and Reunion (1999)
  • Vinny Appice - 1980–1982, 1991–1993, 1998, 2007
    • Release contributions: Mob Rules (1981), Dehumanizer (1992)
  • Bev Bevan - 1983–1984, 1987
    • Release contributions: The Eternal Idol (1987)
  • Eric Singer - 1985-1987
    • Release contributions: Seventh Star (1986), The Eternal Idol (1987)
  • Terry Chimes - 1987
    • Release contributions: none
  • Cozy Powell - 1988–1991, 1994–1995
    • Release contributions: Headless Cross (1989), TYR (1990), Forbidden (1995)
  • Bobby Rondinelli - 1993–1994, 1995
    • Release contributions: Cross Purposes (1994)
  • Mike Bordin - 1997
    • Release contributions: none
  • Shannon Larkin - 1997
    • Release contributions: none
  • Brad Wilk - 2012–2013
    • Release contributions: 13 (2013)
  • Tommy Clufetos - 2012–2017
    • Release contributions: none

Black Sabbath Drumstick Collection

(1975) - 0391-0392 Bill Ward - signature model Drumland International tour drumsticks, 1975-1976 Sabotage Tour, Dec 3, 1975, Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY.
(early 1990s) - 0385-0386 Bill Ward - signature model Vic Firth tour drumsticks.
(1992) - 0458 Vinny Appice - Vic Firth signature model drumstick, Black Sabbath concert, Dehumanizer tour in 1992.
(1994) - 0461-0462 Bobby Rondinelli - autographed Vater signature model drumsticks, Black Sabbath 1994 Cross Purposes tour
(2001-02) - 0000 Bill Ward - signature model Vic Firth 2001-02 Black Sabbath tour drumsticks.
(2004) - 0133 Bill Ward - concert used, autographed signature model Vic Firth drumstick, 7/31/04, Black Sabbath concert, San Manuel Amphitheater, Devore, CA.
(2004) - 0000 Bill Ward - signature model Vic Firth 2004 Black Sabbath tour drumsticks.
(2004) - 0000 Bill Ward - signature model Vic Firth 2004 Black Sabbath tour drumsticks.
(2013) (1047) Tommy Clufetos - Regal Tip Tommy Clufetos signature model drumsticks, Black Sabbath.