Below is a statement and press release from Ozzy on the official Black Sabbath trademark lawsuit:
I am very saddened that I’ve had to take legal action against Tony. This is something that I’ve tried to avoid for years. I am not Geezer or Bill’s voice. However, till the day I die I will not change my mind on this issue. The Black Sabbath trademark should be equally owned by Geezer, Bill, Tony and I as the true Black Sabbath lineup is Tony, Geezer, Bill and I. We’ve all been mates since school. I’ve always said there is an invisible thread that holds us together. Tony, lets get this ridiculous issue sorted and move on with our lives. You’re 61, I’m 60. I hope that we’ve got a good 20 years left in us. But if not, God forbid something happens to you. What’s going to happen to the Black Sabbath trademark? Who’s going to oversee it? Don’t you think after we’re long gone the rights should stay in your family, my family, Bill’s family and Geezer’s family?
Statement from OZZY OSBOURNE:
“It is with great regret that I had to resort to legal action against my long term partner, Tony Iommi, but after three years of trying to resolve this issue amicably, I feel I have no other recourse. As of the mid-1990’s, after constant and numerous changes in band members, the brand of ‘Black Sabbath’ was literally in the toilet and Tony Iommi (touring under the name Black Sabbath) was reduced to performing in clubs. Since 1997 when Geezer, Bill and myself rejoined the band, Black Sabbath has returned to its former glory as we headlined sold-out arenas and amphitheatres playing to upwards of 50,000 people at each show around the world. We worked collectively to restore credibility and bring dignity back to the name ‘Black Sabbath’ which lead to the band being inducted into the UK and US Rock & Roll Hall of Fames in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Throughout the last 12 years, it was my management representatives who oversaw the marketing and quality control of the ‘Black Sabbath’ brand through OZZFEST, touring, merchandising and album reissues. The name ‘Black Sabbath’ now has a worldwide prestige and merchandising value that it would not have had by continuing on the road it was on prior to the 1997 reunion tour. Tony, I am so sorry it’s had to get to this point by me having to take this action against you. I don’t have the right to speak for Geezer and Bill, but I feel that morally and ethically the trademark should be owned by the four of us equally. I hope that by me taking this first step that it will ultimately end up that way. We’ve all worked too hard and long in our careers to allow you to sell merchandise that features all our faces, old Black Sabbath album covers and band logos, and then you tell us that you own the copyright. We’re all in our 60’s now. The Black Sabbath legacy should live on long after we have all gone. Please do the right thing.”
Swedish rockers Badmouth have released a 3 song e.p. “Rivethead”, available from CDbaby.com, tracks included are “Rivethead” ,which is an amazing song, along with the band covering two classics Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” that Badmouth recorded and released earlier this year, and a very cool cover of the Beatles “Hey Bulldog”. Badmouth was recently selected as one of six winners to play at the Arvika Festival this summer. You can keep up to date with all things Badmouth by visiting them at www.myspace.com/badmouthswe
“One Out of Ten” is the newest release from Swedish rockers the Poodles latest album titled “Clash of the Elements”, which was released on May 20th in Europe. You can order “Clash of the Elements” by visiting the Poodles website at www.poodles.se or their myspace page at www.myspace.com/thepoodles
“Clash Of The Elements” track listing:
01. Too Much Of Everything
03. Like No Tomorrow
04. One Out Of Ten
05. I Rule The Night
06. Give Me A Sign
07. Sweet Enemy
08. 7 Days & 7 Nights
09. Pilot Of The Storm
10. Can’t Let You Go
11. Don’t Rescue Me
12. Heart Of Gold
13. Dream To Follow
14. Wings Of Destiny
FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS and BANG TANGO will team up for the Summer Rock Fest tour in July/August. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
FASTER PUSSYCAT‘s current lineup is as follows:
Taime Downe – Vocals
Michael Thomas – Guitar
Danny Nordahl – Bass
Xristian Simon – Guitar
Chad Stewart – Drums
BULLETBOYS‘ long-awaited new album, “10c Billionaire”, was recently mixed and mastered by producer/guitarist Brent Woods (VINCE NEIL,WILDSIDE). A summer release via Chavis Records is expected.
“10c Billionaire” was written by original founding member and flamboyant frontman Marq Torien. Having reinvented the band and composed one of the most sonically superb and relevant rock and roll records to date, the revitalized BULLETBOYS — featuring Torien, Ryche Green, Stephen Allan, and Tory S. — are a hard rock force majeure delivering non-stopmusic mayhem that is winning over new audiences with every performance.
BANG TANGO‘s latest album, “From the Hip”, was released in October 2006 via Perris Records. The CD was engineered by Scott “Goody” Goodwine (HATEBREED, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) and was mixed by Taz(CHERRY ST., THE ADDICTIONS, SPINNING CHAIN).