Our 2019 New Year does seem to be off to a proper start as the tours continue to be announced with some of them being brand new bands and then some others who are quite familiar. Case in point this return by the legendary British Progressive Rock band Procol Harum.
The Press Release:
In February 2019, the legendary Procol Harum will return to North America in support of their latest album Novum (Eagle Rock Entertainment). The band will perform at various City Winery locations in major markets, allowing attendees an up-close-and-personal experience.
“We haven’t visited the USA since July 2014, and this has enabled us to have the new material from our studio album PLUS favorites & rarities from the past 50 years,” states founder / songwriter / lead singer / pianist Gary Brooker. “It’s a long time, but Procol is always current (or timeless). See you in the wine bar- mine’s a large one!“
Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “War Pigs” Live (Single) Label: Rhino Entertainment Release Date: 11/10/2017 Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Rating: 5/5
While we are still a little under seven days out to the release of “The End” by the time I get this single review online, the mighty and most legendary Black Sabbath has been enjoying their musical retirement since February of this year. The final show in Birmingham, England where they formed was the last time that they raised the horns together for the Metal Legions. So far, two other singles have been issued with “Paranoid” and “N.I.B.” and since I’ve briefly touched upon them, why not offer up some thoughts on the final single and very impacting Heavy Metal track “War Pigs”. Continue reading “War Pigs” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath→
Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “Basically/N.I.B.” Live (Single) Label: Eagle Records Release Date: 11/2/2017 Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Rating:
I guess it was only a few short weeks ago that I tossed together some thoughts on the “Paranoid” live single that the legendary Black Sabbath delivered as a teaser taste from their upcoming live album “The End”. As you should know by now, the band has closed the book on their storied career and will deliver this to the fans as a parting gift in some fashion. With two weeks or so left before the album’s release, we get the second live single “Bassically”/”N.I.B.” and I am here to speak about it because why not. Here we go. Continue reading “Basically”/”N.I.B.” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath→
Artist: Black Sabbath Title: “Paranoid” Live – Single Label: Eagle Records Release Date: 10/12/1027 Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Rating: 5/5
Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few months, you know full well that the legendary Black Sabbath has called it a career with their “The End” tour that finished its run in their hometown of Birmingham, England back in February. A brand-new live album was recorded to commemorate the gig and while we still have about month to go before it’s release, they have delivered a single by the way of the mega-classic number “Paranoid”. I’ve decided to post some quick thoughts about the tune while we count down the days until the release of the full-length “The End” album. Here we go. Continue reading “Paranoid” Live (Single) by Black Sabbath→
Though they’ve been in retirement since back in February, the mighty Black Sabbath continues to make news and this recent announcement will be appease all of the bands worldwide fans who could not manage to catch them during the final tour. Take a look at the press release below and know that I will return at the close.
The Press Release:
“The End of The End” chronicles the final tour from the band that spawned the metal genre–BLACK SABBATH. On February, 4 2017, BLACK SABBATH stormed the stage in e U.K. in their hometown of Birmingham, to play the 81st and final triumphant gig of “The End” tour. This monumental show brought down the curtain on a career that spanned almost half a century.
The sold-out performance marked the culmination of a global tour that saw the band play to over one and a half million fans. With their inception in 1968, BLACK SABBATH pioneered a sound that would form the basis of heavy metal, and to this day continues to influence bands the world over.
The film brings fans the up close and personal story of the final, emotionally charged concert, as the band perform hits including “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs” and many more. BLACK SABBATH are also seen in the studio, as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favorite songs not played on the tour, and catch an intimate glimpse into the band’s world: the music, relationships and banter, alongside personal anecdotes.
The band said: “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who’ve been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf.”
“The End of The End” offers viewers the chance to witness BLACK SABBATH‘s swansong. As OZZY says, “What a journey we’ve all had. It’s fucking amazing.” This is the final word from the greatest heavy metal band of all time.