Black Sabbath and Jim Norton in a converted 19th Century Synagogue? That happened.
Held on June 11, the day after the band released their first Ozzy-fronted album of new material in 35 years, the heavy metal legends held their SiriusXM Town Hall at the Angel Orensanz Center for Contemporary Art in New York City. Jim Norton of the “Opie and Anthony Show” and Sabbath superfan served as moderator.
Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler attended in person while Tony Iommi and current drummer Brad Wilk were connected through Google hangouts. SiriusXM Town halls are most commonly intimate in studio sit-downs between artists and their fans with a Q&A featuring listeners’ questions. This Town Hall was done in true Black Sabbath fashion; the special location for the event was the inside of a converted Synagogue lit with an eerie blue glow. Before the event super fans lined up outside the gothic-themed Angel Orensanz Center to have their questions answered by the members of Black Sabbath. After following the traditional Town Hall format and answering listeners questions the guys from Black Sabbath got technical and had fans ask questions from home over a Google hangout setup for the event.
The town hall took place one day after the release of their latest record “13”, which is the first studio album with front man Ozzy Osbourne since the 1978 release of “Never Say Die!”. “13” is also the first recording released from Black Sabbath since a 1998 live album that featured both Geezer Butler and Ozzy alongside Tony Iommi. When asked by an audience member what is was like for the three original Black Sabbath members to be back in the studio for “13,” Iommi and Ozzy both agreed it was “like magic.” A new addition for this record was Brad Wilk who was the drummer for Rage Against The Machine. When the topic of Wilk came up during Sabbath’s Town Hall, Wilk said that it was amazing experience to go into the studio with his heroes, whose sound he would even try and emulate as a young musician. Brad Wilk was asked to record and tour with Black Sabbath after contract disputes with original drummer Bill Ward prevented him from reuniting with his band mates. This latest re-invention of Black Sabbath will soon depart for their summer tour starting July 25th in Spring Texas. You can hear the SiriusXM Town Hall with Black Sabbath for a limited amount of time with SiriusXM On Demand.