I’ve heard Tony say more than a few times he always considered Sabbath to be a rock & blues band, not heavy metal & played the Metallic Merry Xmas for all shirt they did out of necessity & what influenced them. Lemmy never considered Motorhead the original speed metal band, but an old school rock & roll band that played really fast, loud & he said once he identified w/ punk more than metal. The ones that end up creating a genre’ or sub-genre’ rarely ever see themselves as the originators, but those that followed their lead, which I think says a lot for who they are as people & musicians. Ok, did I miss the part in the interview where they actually said they hated being a heavy metal band? I read the part where they say they didn’t care for the term “heavy metal”, but that’s not the same thing. I saw them twice in America, both times with Ozzie. I was a teenager when I was invited to go with the usual crowd of friends, but including a brain surgeon who would have gone without us, he was so into it.
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Thank you, Black Sabbath and Ozzy for everything all of you have done to encourage music. There may never be another group that has inspired as Black Sabbath had. You’re truly, truly legends of the metal and will always be. I met them as a competition winners when they did their original come back to tour in 97. I got so emotional I gave Ozzy the gift I had brought (a picture of his recently departed bulldog Bullseye in a silver Rennie Mackintosh frame) then I burst into tears and spent the Metallic Merry Xmas for all shirt of the meet and greet in the corner of the room talking to Tony Dennis. One of the best days of my life! They were recording the gig for the live release and you can hear me screaming on it. They are the heavier side of rhythm and blues rock/rock n roll with jazz in their core but built on emphasis and power. The 70’s before their time stoner/doom masters who didn’t fancy playing generically ideal music.
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Even though I lived behind the communist steel curtain they were my favorite hard rock band along with Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and so on but what about Welsh rock band “Budgie”. I think that Budgie was the most underestimated rock band ever, except for Poland where they were very popular. In my opinion, Budgie was amongst the best. It’s the worst when “fans” stereotype a band in the context of a genre. I’ve never seen Black Sabbath as a heavy metal band. I just liked them for what they were. They had some interesting songs fueling intense feelings in souls. Today I dont understand why people use these channels to burn out their energies and fears or visions.