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Old 05-29-2009, 05:41 AM
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Looks like we can rule out a Sabbath reunion with Ozzy

OZZY OSBOURNE Sues TONY IOMMI Over Ownership Of BLACK SABBATH Name - May 29, 2009

According to the New York Post, Ozzy Osbourne has filed a lawsuit against his BLACK SABBATH bandmate Tony Iommi, claiming that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the band's name in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Osbourne is suing Iommi for a 50 percent interest in the "Black Sabbath" trademark, along with a portion of Iommi's profits from use of the name.

The Manhattan federal court suit also charges that Osbourne's "signature lead vocals" are largely responsible for the band's "extraordinary success," noting that its popularity plummeted during his absence from 1980 through 1996.

Iommi and Geezer Butler have both said some less than kind things about working with singer Ozzy Osbourne in a new interview with Decibel magazine. The pair recently completed a new studio album as HEAVEN & HELL, the post-Ozzy version of SABBATH featuring vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and Butler said that working with Dio was much easier than Osbourne. He explained, "Ronnie's a songwriter in his own right — he's got tons of ideas. Whereas Ozzy . . . in the old days, he'd come up with a vocal line and I'd write the lyrics. Ronnie is 100 percent involved in both the musical side and the vocal side, and he writes his own lyrics as well."

Butler added that Osbourne didn't take him seriously as a songwriter, saying, "If we were with Ozzy and I came in with the killer riff of all time, Ozzy wouldn't even think of doing it because I'm not the guitarist and that's the way he thinks . . . That's why it was so bloody hard to write anything."

Butler said about HEAVEN & HELL's debut CD, "The Devil You Know", "If we'd written this album with Ozzy, we'd still be working on the first track."

Iommi added that there was a sharp difference between the singers live as well, saying, "It was great being with Ozzy on the road . . . but with Ronnie it's a lot different, because we go out and we know exactly what we're gonna be doing. With Ozzy, we didn't really know. It was touch and go sometimes on some of those early shows, whether he was gonna turn up, if he'd be able to sing, if his voice was gone, or what. We'd have to cancel shows, which Geezer and myself really hated. But with Ronnie, we've never canceled a show."

HEAVEN & HELL will tour Europe later this spring and summer, with North American dates scheduled for August.

Ozzy Osbourne is currently working on his next solo album.

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All this shit is retarded IMO, but I still have to say Ozzy sabbath>Dio sabbath X10000000000000
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Just...wow.

Dio Sabbath is better, anyways, though, so I'm so not complaining.
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The Manhattan federal court suit also charges that Osbourne's "signature lead vocals" are largely responsible for the band's "extraordinary success," noting that its popularity plummeted during his absence from 1980 through 1996.
Fucking ridiculous.

This whole thing is stupid. Black Sabbath is, was, has always been, and will always be Tony Iommi, it's as simple as that.
I disagreed with their decision to call Heaven and Hell that and not Black Sabbath due to the fact that Sabbath had existed without Ozzy for a decade and a half, and as long as Tony (and in this case Geezer) were behind the idea, it should carry the Black Sabbath name, regardless of induced whining or confusion from those people who think the only Sabbath is Ozzy-Sabbath.
I've never liked Ozzy much and never thought he had much talent, and this whole decision is just stupid. I don't really know what else to say.
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I disagreed with their decision to call Heaven and Hell that and not Black Sabbath
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All this shit is retarded IMO, but I still have to say Ozzy sabbath>Dio sabbath X10000000000000
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