The ‘Ninth Star‘ album by Emerald Sabbath is an ambitious epic rock & classical music tribute to Black Sabbath. Founded and produced by Michael Suilleabhain, an Irish Nuclear Construction Safety Inspector, ‘Ninth Star‘ features 10 former members of Black Sabbath, The English Chamber Choir and much more.

The first song to be released from the album is ‘She’s Gone‘, which originally featured on Sabbath’s 1976 album ‘Technical Ecstasy‘. The new recording features Dave Walker, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne briefly in 1977/1978. He also fronted Idle Race, Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac. ‘She’s Gone‘ features former Black Sabbath / Whitesnake member Neil Murray on bass guitar.

This is the story of how an Irish Nuclear Construction Safety Inspector brought ten ex members of Black Sabbath together to produce a tribute album to one of the greatest bands ever.

The ‘Ninth Star’ album is an ambitious epic rock & classical music tribute to Black Sabbath.

Ninth Star’ by Emerald Sabbath features 10 former members of Black Sabbath and much more, including: Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne), Bev Bevan (Black Sabbath/ELO), Neil Murray (Black Sabbath/Whitesnake), Terry Chimes (Black Sabbath/The Clash), Laurence Cottle (Black Sabbath/The Alan Parsons Project), Ron Keel (Black Sabbath/Ron Keel Band), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell), Dave Walker (Black Sabbath/Fleetwood Mac), Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath/Rainbow), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath/Headless Cross), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake) and The English Chamber Choir. Other Emerald Sabbath contributors include Will Malone and Mike Lewis (Sabotage/Technical Ecstasy) Mike Exeter (Black Sabbath/Judas Priest), Jeremy J. Lewis (Headless Cross), Mike Lewis (She’s Gone) Skaila Kanja (Royal Academy Of Music) PLUS Black Sabbath album graphic designers Richard Manning and Colin Elgie (Technical Ecstasy) and Hugh Gilmour (Born Again).

Welcome All Black Sabbath And Rock Fans Worldwide

“This is a quick note to all of those fans. I have been a Black Sabbath fan since 1983, when I heard them for first time. Like a lot of fans it was Black Sabbath’s debut album I heard first, and as they say, the rest is history. Over the years, I have since seen Black Sabbath a total of 82 times with every line-up [except with Ray Gillen].

I also have a great passion for classical music, and in May 2015 I decided to mix both of them. Adam Wakeman was the first to contribute to the project, with keyboards on ‘Changes’, and then it snowballed into this final product. I decided to re-record Black Sabbath tracks and instrumentals with as many as ex-members of Black Sabbath as possible. A lot of the artists also played on the originals (such as Vinny Appice, who joined Sabbath on drums for the Heaven And Hell tour, and The English Chamber Choir on Supertzar). I then brought in a string quartet along with various classical players.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be able to do this, but my persistence paid off. I would like to thank all the ex-Black Sabbath guys for helping me with this, as well as the former Black Sabbath graphic designers, string arrangers and producers. I hope that everyone will enjoy this album.”

The ‘Ninth Star’ album is dedicated to Black Sabbath and their Fans Worldwide.

Michael Suilleabhain (Emerald Sabbath founder/producer/singer)

Ninth Star‘ is released via Plastic Head Distribution on the 15th of February 2019.

Pre-Order: https://smarturl.it/emeraldsabbath

Tracklist and credits:

1.  Embyro
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Anneka Sutcliffe: Violin
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet

2. Die Young
Ron Keel: Vocals
Vinny Appice: Drums
Rudy Sarzo: Bass
DC Cothern: Guitar
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Ellen Morgan: Keyboards

3. Fluff
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
Ardeton String Quartet
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

4. Trashed
Ron Keel: Vocals
Vinny Appice: Drums
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

5. Stonehenge
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Sarah Tobias: Flute

6. She’s Gone
Dave Walker: Vocals
Neill Murray: Bass
Bill Dwyer: Drums
Ardeton String Quartet
Lisa Ljungberg: Backing Vocals

7. In For The Kill
Tony Martin: Vocals
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Bobby Rondinelli: Drums
Pete Rinaldi: Guitars
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards

8. Orchid
Neil Murray: Bass
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
Ardeton String Quartet
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

9. Hole In The Sky
Ron Keel: Vocals
Bobby Rondinelli: Drums
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

10. Changes
Michael Suilleabhain: Vocals
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Queenie May: Backing Vocals
Annela Sutcliffe: Violin
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet

11. Supertzar
English Chamber Choir
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Terry Chimes: Drums
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Skaila Kanja: Harp
Elen Morgan: Glockenspiel

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photo Credit Dave Hogan

Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi will give a fascinating insight into his life and career at two very special events announced for October 2018.

Billed as Tony Iommi with Phil Alexander: A Life In Music, fans will witness Tony in conversation with respected journalist and broadcaster Phil Alexander at dates in Paisley and Edinburgh.

Tony Iommi’s influence on the history of popular music cannot be overstated. A key innovator and a true rock star in every sense, when we think of Tony we think of heavy rock and of his innovative, dark guitar riffs – we think of the beginning of heavy metal.

Over 100 million albums have been sold by Black Sabbath, with their most recent album reaching Number 1 in many countries around the world, including the US and the UK. But it’s not only the recorded sector that has been ruled by the rock legends, as over 1.6 million people who saw Black Sabbath perform live during their final world tour will testify.

Besides releasing three solo albums, Tony has been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, written a New York Times bestselling autobiography, received two Grammy Awards and had Birmingham’s Broad Street add his star.

Looking ahead to these special events, Tony said, “I’m really looking forward to spilling the beans with Phil Alexander at our ‘A Life In Music’ shows. I’ve known and worked with Phil for a long time and he probably knows more about my career than I do!  He’s got a great sense of humour and, combined with a nose for every last detail, it’ll be fun delving into all periods of my career.

The evenings’ host Phil Alexander comes from a print, radio, TV and online background. As editor of Kerrang!, he transformed the magazine into a multi-platform brand by launching the Kerrang! branded TV, radio, website and awards and, besides also being editor-in-chief for MOJO, was later appointed Global Creative Director of Kerrang! Magazine and Rock Music Media.

Phil remains Contributing Editor at MOJO and hosts a weekly Saturday night radio show on Britain’s leading rock radio station, Planet Rock.

Phil said, “Each evening will be unique. As well as covering Tony’s formative years, each night will focus on a specific period in his remarkable, storied career, providing a different experience for every audience. These are nights not be missed.

The dates for Tony Iommi with Phil Alexander: A Life In Music are as follows:

Fri 12th October    Paisley                   The Spree Festival                Tickets

Sat 13th October   Edinburgh              Assembly Halls                     Tickets

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The Ten Years War‘ collection is a box-set of eight records, two rare singles and MQA high-definition digital files.

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler: names probably drilled into any true-blooded metal fan as the driving forces behind Black Sabbath.

Since forming in 1968, the band made a number of multi-million selling albums and, recently, they’ve been pressed and packaged into ‘The Ten Year War’, a limited edition vinyl box-set of the band’s eight Ozzy-fronted albums plus two singles: the Japanese version of ‘Evil Woman‘ and the Chilean version of ‘Paranoid/The Wizard.

All of these are housed in exclusive artwork by street artist, graphic designer and activist Shepard Fairey.

You also get a necklace-cum-USB stick shaped like a crucifix, containing MQA high definition audio of the first eight Black Sabbath albums.

The collection also contains a hardback book of photos of the band during their tours, recording sessions and photo-shoots, a reproduction of the ‘Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978‘ programe and a reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show.

If you want to get your hands on the collection, you can pre-order it now for £200.

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The Rival Sons have been announced as the support to Black Sabbath‘s farewell tour. Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan had the following to say about the announcement “To have this opportunity is at first unfathomable and then flattering to know we’ll be in company with these bonfire legends each night. Thank you Black Sabbath.”

Tour dates:

January
20 – Omaha, NE – Century Link Center
22 – Chicago, IL – United Center
25 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
28 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
30 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Centre

February
1 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
3 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
6 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
9 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
13 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
17 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
18 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
21 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden