Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath have stormed to the top of the album charts in several countries with their new album 13.
Sabbath's loud new album 13 is a worldwide hit
The album - which was recorded in Malibu and Warwickshire - has reached No1 in countries such as the US, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and Sabbath's native UK.
In the UK it is the Brummies' first No1 album in 43 years, since Paranoid
in 1970 when Ted Heath was Prime Minister and Jimi Hendrix was still alive. This is a record for the longest time between No1 albums for an artist in the UK. The band has now beaten Rod Stewart’s short-held record after the 68-year-old singer went to number one in May with album Time 37 years after his last studio success.
Speaking of knocking Stewart off the record, Osbourne, 64, said it was a reflection of the ageing rock stars knowing their “craft” in contrast to today’s stars.
“It's great,” he said. “But Rod's the same as us, we've got something other people haven't got.
“It's all manufactured b------- these days. But the likes of Rod, and Elton John and us have got something different. We know our craft."
Black Sabbath - vocalist and harmonica player Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler - are now planning a UK tour, playing London’s O2 Arena in December, followed by shows in Belfast, Sheffield, Glasgow and Manchester.
The band also revealed that they will probably make another album.
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Speaking as the chart was announced on Sunday night, Osbourne said: “I don't know either way. We're still reveling in coming back with this.
“There probably will be another album, but I don't want to promise anything to anyone. It took us long enough to do this, and we can't wait another 43 years to have another No 1.
“If it comes to pass we don't make another record, then I can rest easily knowing we finished things properly with 13
Sabbath have also said that original drummer Bill Ward is also welcome back into the band should he ever wish to rejoin them. Bill refused to take part in the new album over contract issues. Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk played drums on 13
Black Sabbath score first number one in 43 years - Telegraph
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