The rock Band Black Sabbath was founded in 1968 and was originally composed of Ozzy Osbourne (singer), Tony Iommi (songwriter and guitarist), Geezer Butler (main lyricist) and Bill Ward (drummer). The band members were all schoolmates in Birmingham and were from a working class area in the industrial city.
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It was in 1970 that they set out to tour the United States on a relentless basis. While many of the band members suffered from severe substance abuse issues, by 1974, their hard work was finally paying off, as they were considered to be one of the leading heavy metal bands of the time. Over the years, they had a number of different band members, with Iommi being the only constant member of the band throughout the decades. Black Sabbath focused on occult themes with songs being horror inspired, as well as utilising tuned down guitars. However, the band also had songs that were about the dangers of abusing drugs, the horrors of war and social instability. Ozzy Osbourne was thrown out of the band in 1979 due to his constant abuse of drugs and alcohol. For most of the next two decades, the bands underwent a number of personnel changes. The original band was re-united in 1997, when they recorded a live album that was suitably named Reunion. After this album, many of the band members went on to continue with their solo careers. In 2013, the band released what was their 19th studio album, which had the majority of the original band members (the only missing member was Ward). They have been seen as one of the pioneers of the growth of heavy metal music. Some of their music masterpieces would define the entire genre for years and inspire countless bands to focus on heavy metal. MTV have ranked them as being the greatest metal band of all time. In 2006, they received the honour of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There is a current Black Sabbath tour ongoing, with Black Sabbath tickets for the tour dates 2016 onsale now!