Some Black Sabbath fans in the group's home town of Birmingham, England, are planning a special gathering on Sunday (September 20) to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the group's second album, Paranoid.
Rock music historian Rob Horrocks will host the "Ozzy Zig, The Witch + The Warpig?" homage at the Newtown Community Centre, where Sabbath rehearsed material for both its self-titled debut album, released earlier in 1970, and Paranoid. Fans will listen to a vinyl playback of those first two albums and look at Sabbath artifacts that are on display in the venue, where the original parquet floor remains intact.
"This is a chance to hear how the songs they wrote in there, like 'Black Sabbath,' would have sounded to them," Horrocks, who operates a "Crossroads of Sabbath" walking tour in Birmingham, told the Birmingham Mail.
Sabbath, of course, is gearing up for its “The End” tour, which begins January 20 in Omaha, Neb.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.