Black Sabbath is considered the most influential heavy metal group of all time -- if not the founders of the genre -- but singer Ozzy Osbourne says he's never really felt connected to the term "heavy metal" itself. Speaking with CNN, Ozzy said, "I have never ever ever been able to attach myself to the word 'heavy metal' -- it has no musical connotations. If it was heavy rock, I could get that, but the '70s was kind of like a bluesy thing, the '80s was kind of bubblegum-frosted hair, multicolored clothes and the '90s was kind of grungy. People come up to me and say, 'Your Sabbath work was a big influence on me.' I could go, 'Oh, yeah, I can see that,' but other bands -- what part of that is inspired by us? Some of it is just angry people screaming down a microphone!
- Sabbath originally started out as a blues-rock act called Earth, and Ozzy told us that some of that influence made its way into the first Sabbath album: "We were originally a six-piece blues band. We had a saxophone player, bottleneck guitar player but they left, they fell to the way, and then we just started writing our own stuff and it came off blues. And so I suppose when we went and we did the first album, we still had that blues flavor with us, you know."
- 13, the first Sabbath album in 35 years to feature Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together, came out earlier this month.
- It sold 155,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart this week, giving the group its first chart-topper ever in America.
- The band kicks off a North American tour on July 25th in the Woodlands, Texas.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you think it's odd that Ozzy can't relate to the term "heavy metal"?
- Do you consider Sabbath the most influential metal band of all time?
- Does every hard rock or metal act owe some sort of debt to Sabbath?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire -- agree or not?
Mike Kalogeras wrote: "Well OZZY I wonder if you ask any hard rock or Metal band out there on who influenced them I'm pretty sure it was Black Sabbath...so whether you like it or not the millions of records you have sold in your career has been from the Heavy Metal crowd so embrace us."
Bill Scheppler wrote: "It's official: Ozzy is out of touch."
Eric wrote: "'...just angry people screaming down a microphone' is exactly what the older generation heard when kids were playing Black Sabbath records in the 70s. If you told them it was a rock n roll band heavily influenced by jazz greats and The Beatles, they would have thought you were mad."
shwaum wrote: "I don't think Ozzy understands what those bands were talking about when they say that Black Sabbath is an influence on them. I think Ozzy is over stating his significance in Black Sabbath. All the musicians I know that claim Sabbath as an influence are influenced by the brilliant work of Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler even Bill Ward not Ozzy."
Ozzy Osbourne On Black Sabbath's Blues Influence
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