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Black Sabbath

Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Location:
Birmingham, England
Status:
Active
Formed in:
1969
Genre:
Heavy/Doom Metal
Lyrical themes:
Doom, Drugs, Life, Death, Religion
Current label:
Vertigo Records
Years active:
1968 (as Polka Tulk), 1968-1969 (as Earth), 1969-2006, 2011-present
Black Sabbath are generally considered both the first heavy metal and doom metal band. Originally they were called Polka Tulk (featuring a saxophonist and slide guitarist in their line-up) before changing to Earth, a name they had to change again because of confusion with another band of the same name. They may have also went by the name The Earth Blues Company in their pre-Black Sabbath ...
Current
Geezer Butler Bass (1969-1979, 1980-1984, 1987, 1991-1994, 1997-2006, 2011-present)
See also: Geezer, ex-Geezer Butler Band, ex-Heaven and Hell, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rare Breed
Tony Iommi Guitars (1969-2006, 2011-present)
See also: Iommi, ex-Heaven and Hell, ex-WhoCares, Belch, ex-Jethro Tull, ex-Mythology, ex-The Rest, ex-The Rockin' Chevrolets, ex-Velvett Fogg
Ozzy Osbourne Vocals (1969-1977, 1978-1979, 1997-2006, 2011-present)
See also: Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Approach, ex-Music Machine, ex-Rare Breed
Past
Bill Ward Drums (1969-1980, 1983, 1984, 1994, 1997-2006, 2011-2012)
See also: ex-Bill Ward, ex-The Mezmerist, ex-Max Havoc, ex-Mythology, ex-The Rest
Dave Walker Vocals (1977-1978)
See also: Dave Walker Band, ex-Fleetwood Mac, ex-Humble Pie, ex-Hungry Fighter, ex-Mistress, ex-Raven, ex-Savoy Brown, ex-The Idle Race, ex-The Redcaps
Geoff Nicholls Bass (1979, 1987), Keyboards, Vocals (backing), occasional Rhythm Guitar (live) (1979-2004)
See also: Quartz, Tony Martin
Ronnie James Dio Vocals (1979-1982, 1991-1992)
(R.I.P. 2010) See also: ex-Dio, ex-Hear 'n Aid, ex-Heaven and Hell, ex-Deep Purple (live), ex-Rainbow, ex-Elf, ex-Ronnie and the Redcaps, ex-Ronnie and the Rumblers, ex-Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, ex-The Electric Elves, ex-The Elves, ex-The Vegas Kings
Craig Gruber Bass (1980)
See also: Raven Lord, ex-The Rods, ex-Rainbow, ex-Bible Black, ex-Elf
Vinny Appice Drums (1980-1982, 1991-1992, 1998)
See also: Martiria, ex-Hear 'n Aid, ex-Heaven and Hell, ex-Erik Norlander, ex-Kill Devil Hill, ex-Minoru Niihara, ex-Power Project, ex-WWIII, ex-Dio, ex-3 Legged Dogg, ex-Axis, ex-Circle of Tyrants, ex-Lynch Mob, ex-Dio Disciples (live)
Bev Bevan Drums (1983-1984, 1987)
See also: Belch, Bev Bevan's Move, ex-Carl Wayne and The Viking, ex-Denny Laine and the Diplomats, ex-Electric Light Orchestra, ex-ELO Part II, ex-The Bev Bevan Band, ex-The Move
Ian Gillan Vocals (1983-1984)
See also: Deep Purple, ex-WhoCares, Ian Gillan Band, ex-Episode Six, ex-Garth Rockett and the Moonshiners, ex-Gillan, ex-Gillan & Glover, ex-The Javelins
Ron Keel Vocals (1984)
See also: Keel, ex-Steeler, ex-Lust, ex-Ron Keel's Fair Game
Jeff Fenholt Vocals (1984-1985)
See also: ex-Joshua Perahia, ex-Rondinelli, ex-Geezer Butler Band, ex-M.A.R.S., ex-Bible Black
Dave Donato Vocals (1984)
See also: ex-Geezer Butler Band, ex-White Tiger
Dave Spitz Bass (1985-1987)
See also: ex-Impellitteri, ex-Stream, ex-Great White, ex-White Lion
Gordon Copley Bass (1985)
See also: ex-Lita Ford
Eric Singer Drums (1985-1987)
See also: Stream, E.S.P., Kiss, ex-Avantasia, ex-Alice Cooper, ex-Badlands, ex-GlamNation, ex-Shameless, ex-Brian May (live), ex-Gary Moore (live), ex-Lita Ford (live), ex-Paul Stanley (live)
Glenn Hughes Vocals (1985-1986)
See also: Voodoo Hill, Iommi, California Breed, Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple, ex-Erik Norlander, ex-Black Country Communion, ex-Brazen Abbot, ex-Finders Keepers, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Hughes Turner Project, ex-Hughes/Thrall, ex-L.A. Blues Authority, ex-Michael Men Project, ex-Trapeze, ex-Hank Davison (live), ex-Ken Hensley (live)
Bob Daisley Bass (1986)
See also: Planet Alliance, Stream, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Rainbow, ex-Dio (live), ex-Broken Glass, ex-Chicken Shack, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Kahvas Jute, ex-Living Loud, ex-Mecca, ex-Mungo Jerry, ex-Stan Webb Band, ex-Uriah Heep, ex-Widowmaker
Ray Gillen Vocals (1986-1987)
(R.I.P. 1993) See also: ex-Rondinelli, ex-Sun Red Sun, ex-Badlands, ex-Blue Murder
Jo Burt Bass (1987)
See also: The Jo Burt Experience, ex-Andy Scott's Sweet, ex-Sector 27, ex-Virginia Wolf
Tony Martin Vocals (1987-1991, 1992-1997)
See also: Giuntini Project, Rondinelli, The Cage, Tony Martin, Silver Horses, ex-Candlemass, ex-Empire, ex-Cozy Powell's Hammer, ex-M3, ex-The Alliance
Laurence Cottle Bass (1988-1989)
See also: ex-Alan Parsons Project, ex-Bill Bruford's Earthworks, ex-Mike Oldfield
Cozy Powell Drums (1988-1991, 1994-1995)
(R.I.P. 1998) See also: ex-Tony Martin, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Rainbow, ex-Bedlam, ex-Big Bertha, ex-Brian May, ex-Cozy Powell, ex-Cozy Powell's Hammer, ex-Emerson, Lake & Powell, ex-Graham Bonnet & The Hooligans, ex-Jeff Beck's Group, ex-Michael Schenker Group, ex-Pete York / Cozy Powell, ex-Peter Green Splinter Group, ex-Phenomena, ex-The Ace Kefford Stand, ex-The Snakes, ex-The Sorcerers, ex-Tipton, Entwistle and Powell, ex-Whitesnake, ex-Youngblood
Neil Murray Bass (1989-1990, 1994-1996)
See also: Empire, Rondinelli, ex-Gogmagog, Michael Schenker Group, Snakecharmer, The Fluffy Jackets’, ex-Bow Wow, ex-Tony Martin, ex-Badlands, ex-Brian May, ex-Colosseum II, ex-Company of Snakes, ex-Cozy Powell's Hammer, ex-Driveshaft, ex-Fastway, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Gilgamesh, ex-Graham Bonnet, ex-M3, ex-National Health, ex-Phenomena, ex-The Brian May Band, ex-Whitesnake, ex-Queen + Paul Rodgers (live)
Bobby Rondinelli Drums (1993-1994, 1995)
See also: Axel Rudi Pell, Rondinelli, Sun Red Sun, ex-Warlock, Over The Rainbow, The Lizards, ex-Doro, ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Riot, ex-Rainbow, ex-Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Aerosmith (live)
Current (Live)
Adam Wakeman Keyboards, Guitars (rhythm) (2004-2006, 2011-present)
See also: Headspace, Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer
Tommy Clufetos Drums (2012-present)
See also: Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Alice Cooper, ex-John 5, ex-Lesley Roy, ex-Rob Zombie, ex-Ted Nugent
Past (Live)
Gerald "Jezz" Woodruffe Keyboards (1975-1977)
See also: ex-Geezer Butler Band, ex-Robert Plant
Terry Chimes Drums (1987-1988)
See also: ex-Cowboys International, ex-Generation X, ex-Hanoi Rocks, ex-Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, ex-The Cherry Bombz, ex-The Clash
Rob Halford Vocals (1992, 2004)
See also: Halford, Judas Priest, ex-Fight, ex-Hear 'n Aid, ex-2wo, ex-Athens Wood, ex-Hiroshima, ex-Lord Lucifer, ex-Thark
Shannon Larkin Drums (1997)
See also: ex-Wrathchild America, Godsmack, Ugly Kid Joe, ex-Souls at Zero, ex-Amen, ex-Candlebox, ex-Kiddie Porn, ex-M.F. Pitbulls, ex-Snot
Mike Bordin Drums (1997)
See also: Faith No More, Jerry Cantrell, ex-Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Korn (live)
Geezer Butler Bass (1969-1979, 1980-1984, 1987, 1991-1994, 1997-2006, 2011-present)
See also: Geezer, ex-Geezer Butler Band, ex-Heaven and Hell, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rare Breed
Tony Iommi Guitars (1969-2006, 2011-present)
See also: Iommi, ex-Heaven and Hell, ex-WhoCares, Belch, ex-Jethro Tull, ex-Mythology, ex-The Rest, ex-The Rockin' Chevrolets, ex-Velvett Fogg
Ozzy Osbourne Vocals (1969-1977, 1978-1979, 1997-2006, 2011-present)
See also: Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Approach, ex-Music Machine, ex-Rare Breed
Bill Ward Drums (1969-1980, 1983, 1984, 1994, 1997-2006, 2011-2012)
See also: ex-Bill Ward, ex-The Mezmerist, ex-Max Havoc, ex-Mythology, ex-The Rest
Dave Walker Vocals (1977-1978)
See also: Dave Walker Band, ex-Fleetwood Mac, ex-Humble Pie, ex-Hungry Fighter, ex-Mistress, ex-Raven, ex-Savoy Brown, ex-The Idle Race, ex-The Redcaps
Geoff Nicholls Bass (1979, 1987), Keyboards, Vocals (backing), occasional Rhythm Guitar (live) (1979-2004)
See also: Quartz, Tony Martin
Ronnie James Dio Vocals (1979-1982, 1991-1992)
(R.I.P. 2010) See also: ex-Dio, ex-Hear 'n Aid, ex-Heaven and Hell, ex-Deep Purple (live), ex-Rainbow, ex-Elf, ex-Ronnie and the Redcaps, ex-Ronnie and the Rumblers, ex-Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, ex-The Electric Elves, ex-The Elves, ex-The Vegas Kings
Craig Gruber Bass (1980)
See also: Raven Lord, ex-The Rods, ex-Rainbow, ex-Bible Black, ex-Elf
Vinny Appice Drums (1980-1982, 1991-1992, 1998)
See also: Martiria, ex-Hear 'n Aid, ex-Heaven and Hell, ex-Erik Norlander, ex-Kill Devil Hill, ex-Minoru Niihara, ex-Power Project, ex-WWIII, ex-Dio, ex-3 Legged Dogg, ex-Axis, ex-Circle of Tyrants, ex-Lynch Mob, ex-Dio Disciples (live)
Bev Bevan Drums (1983-1984, 1987)
See also: Belch, Bev Bevan's Move, ex-Carl Wayne and The Viking, ex-Denny Laine and the Diplomats, ex-Electric Light Orchestra, ex-ELO Part II, ex-The Bev Bevan Band, ex-The Move
Ian Gillan Vocals (1983-1984)
See also: Deep Purple, ex-WhoCares, Ian Gillan Band, ex-Episode Six, ex-Garth Rockett and the Moonshiners, ex-Gillan, ex-Gillan & Glover, ex-The Javelins
Ron Keel Vocals (1984)
See also: Keel, ex-Steeler, ex-Lust, ex-Ron Keel's Fair Game
Jeff Fenholt Vocals (1984-1985)
See also: ex-Joshua Perahia, ex-Rondinelli, ex-Geezer Butler Band, ex-M.A.R.S., ex-Bible Black
Dave Donato Vocals (1984)
See also: ex-Geezer Butler Band, ex-White Tiger
Dave Spitz Bass (1985-1987)
See also: ex-Impellitteri, ex-Stream, ex-Great White, ex-White Lion
Gordon Copley Bass (1985)
See also: ex-Lita Ford
Eric Singer Drums (1985-1987)
See also: Stream, E.S.P., Kiss, ex-Avantasia, ex-Alice Cooper, ex-Badlands, ex-GlamNation, ex-Shameless, ex-Brian May (live), ex-Gary Moore (live), ex-Lita Ford (live), ex-Paul Stanley (live)
Glenn Hughes Vocals (1985-1986)
See also: Voodoo Hill, Iommi, California Breed, Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple, ex-Erik Norlander, ex-Black Country Communion, ex-Brazen Abbot, ex-Finders Keepers, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Hughes Turner Project, ex-Hughes/Thrall, ex-L.A. Blues Authority, ex-Michael Men Project, ex-Trapeze, ex-Hank Davison (live), ex-Ken Hensley (live)
Bob Daisley Bass (1986)
See also: Planet Alliance, Stream, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Rainbow, ex-Dio (live), ex-Broken Glass, ex-Chicken Shack, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Kahvas Jute, ex-Living Loud, ex-Mecca, ex-Mungo Jerry, ex-Stan Webb Band, ex-Uriah Heep, ex-Widowmaker
Ray Gillen Vocals (1986-1987)
(R.I.P. 1993) See also: ex-Rondinelli, ex-Sun Red Sun, ex-Badlands, ex-Blue Murder
Jo Burt Bass (1987)
See also: The Jo Burt Experience, ex-Andy Scott's Sweet, ex-Sector 27, ex-Virginia Wolf
Tony Martin Vocals (1987-1991, 1992-1997)
See also: Giuntini Project, Rondinelli, The Cage, Tony Martin, Silver Horses, ex-Candlemass, ex-Empire, ex-Cozy Powell's Hammer, ex-M3, ex-The Alliance
Laurence Cottle Bass (1988-1989)
See also: ex-Alan Parsons Project, ex-Bill Bruford's Earthworks, ex-Mike Oldfield
Cozy Powell Drums (1988-1991, 1994-1995)
(R.I.P. 1998) See also: ex-Tony Martin, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Rainbow, ex-Bedlam, ex-Big Bertha, ex-Brian May, ex-Cozy Powell, ex-Cozy Powell's Hammer, ex-Emerson, Lake & Powell, ex-Graham Bonnet & The Hooligans, ex-Jeff Beck's Group, ex-Michael Schenker Group, ex-Pete York / Cozy Powell, ex-Peter Green Splinter Group, ex-Phenomena, ex-The Ace Kefford Stand, ex-The Snakes, ex-The Sorcerers, ex-Tipton, Entwistle and Powell, ex-Whitesnake, ex-Youngblood
Neil Murray Bass (1989-1990, 1994-1996)
See also: Empire, Rondinelli, ex-Gogmagog, Michael Schenker Group, Snakecharmer, The Fluffy Jackets’, ex-Bow Wow, ex-Tony Martin, ex-Badlands, ex-Brian May, ex-Colosseum II, ex-Company of Snakes, ex-Cozy Powell's Hammer, ex-Driveshaft, ex-Fastway, ex-Gary Moore, ex-Gilgamesh, ex-Graham Bonnet, ex-M3, ex-National Health, ex-Phenomena, ex-The Brian May Band, ex-Whitesnake, ex-Queen + Paul Rodgers (live)
Bobby Rondinelli Drums (1993-1994, 1995)
See also: Axel Rudi Pell, Rondinelli, Sun Red Sun, ex-Warlock, Over The Rainbow, The Lizards, ex-Doro, ex-Quiet Riot, ex-Riot, ex-Rainbow, ex-Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Aerosmith (live)
Current
Adam Wakeman Keyboards, Guitars (rhythm) (2004-2006, 2011-present)
See also: Headspace, Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer
Tommy Clufetos Drums (2012-present)
See also: Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Alice Cooper, ex-John 5, ex-Lesley Roy, ex-Rob Zombie, ex-Ted Nugent
Past
Gerald "Jezz" Woodruffe Keyboards (1975-1977)
See also: ex-Geezer Butler Band, ex-Robert Plant
Terry Chimes Drums (1987-1988)
See also: ex-Cowboys International, ex-Generation X, ex-Hanoi Rocks, ex-Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, ex-The Cherry Bombz, ex-The Clash
Rob Halford Vocals (1992, 2004)
See also: Halford, Judas Priest, ex-Fight, ex-Hear 'n Aid, ex-2wo, ex-Athens Wood, ex-Hiroshima, ex-Lord Lucifer, ex-Thark
Shannon Larkin Drums (1997)
See also: ex-Wrathchild America, Godsmack, Ugly Kid Joe, ex-Souls at Zero, ex-Amen, ex-Candlebox, ex-Kiddie Porn, ex-M.F. Pitbulls, ex-Snot
Mike Bordin Drums (1997)
See also: Faith No More, Jerry Cantrell, ex-Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Korn (live)
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