The End is over (02/04/17) as Black Sabbath played in their hometown of Birmingham England to close the final chapter in their lengthy sojourn on the world stage. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will play the final Black Sabbath show where they grew up and where the band formed. No word if Bill Ward will join them on stage for a song but it’s highly unlikely. Instead drummer Tommy Clufetos who joined them at the beginning of The End tour will end the night with the legends of Black Sabbath.
For the final song Black Sabbath will do a Facebook Live segment on their web page.
According to the BBC, “We called it heavy rock,” recalls Tony Iommi. “The term heavy metal came about from a journalist when I came back from America (in the 70s).
“He said ‘you’re playing heavy metal’ and I said ‘no, it’s heavy rock – what’s that?'”
Who coined the phrase is disputed, with Rolling Stone critics Lester Bangs and Mike Saunders both credited with using it first.
Throughout the 1970s, many reviewers used it as an insult – a sneering description of this new wave of “aggressive” musicians, their loud, thrashing sounds reverberating around packed, sweaty rooms full of fans.
“At first we didn’t like being called heavy metal,” admits Geezer Butler. “But everyone likes to put you into certain pigeon holes, so we sort of got used to it.
“And then instead of it being derogatory, it became a whole lifestyle.”