Black Sabbath (Tribute)

Fri 13 February

w/ Child & Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene
'Celebrating the birth of heavy metal'

The Birth of Black Sabbath Celebrated In Melbourne

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. Friday the 13th of February 1970, their debut self-titled album ‘Black Sabbath’ is released and Heavy Metal is born. Precisely 45 years later to the day, Melbourne will host an incredible Black Sabbath celebration to honour this date and the band that changed the world.

Featuring such classic songs as ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘NIB’, ‘Behind The Wall of Sleep’, ‘Evil Woman’ and ‘Sleeping Village’ this crucial Black Sabbath album reached #8 in the UK album charts and #23 in the US Billboard charts. An enormous commercial success for a debut groundbreaking hard rock release. Amazing when you consider guitarist Tony Iommi’s reflections upon the recording, We thought ‘We have two days to do it and one of the days is mixing.’ So we played live. Ozzy was singing at the same time, we just put him in a separate booth and off we went. We never had a second run of most of the stuff.”

Performing the entire ‘Black Sabbath’ debut album live on its precise 45th anniversary, and appropriately on Friday the 13th, will be a one-off collaboration of Melbourne’s most respected original heavy rock exponents, brought together for the first time to form a local super group, going by the name The Wizards.

With lead vocals from both Matt ‘Chappy’ Chapman (My Left Boot) and Jake Haugis (Dead City Ruins). Guitar duties will be shared by Neil Wilkinson (Redcoats) and Daniel Firth (My Let Boot). Jim Coelli from Sheriff and A Gazillion Angry Mexicans plays Bass. And on drums is Liam ‘Cuff Norris’ Cuffley (Matt Sonic & The High Times, Grindhouse and My Left Boot.) With some surprise guests too!

In addition to the ‘Black Sabbath’ album The Wizards will also play an encore set of Black Sabbath favourites guaranteed to excite the most head-banging Sabbath aficionado. Confirmed support acts include 3-piece psychedelic stoner blues rock riff kings Child (winner of the 2014 Cherry Award for Act of the Year) and the heavy guitar hairy assault of F*ck The Fitzroy Doom Scene. Both these killer local Melbourne bands have just released hirsute debut albums.

Event organizer and Cherry and Yah Yah’s owner/booker James Young says, “Black Sabbath remain the most important heavy metal band there ever was or ever will be. Although when Tony Iommi formed the band in Birmingham, England in 1968 they began as more of a blues-rock band, once they adopted the Black Sabbath name and began incorporating horror-inspired lyrics and occult themes coupled with those now legendary tuned-down guitars they truly found themselves and defined an entirely new genre in rock. The birthdate of Heavy Metal is Friday the 13th 1970 when Black Sabbath was released. What a privilege to honour this day some 45 years later with Melbourne’s best heavy metal proponents in a one-off night with a one-off band celebrating Black Sabbath, the world’s one-of-a-kind Heavy Metal Gods…

“I would also mention pertinently that Yarraville train station on the Williamstown Line is just a three minute walk from The Yarraville Club and then just a sixteen minute train ride to Flinders Street station. (Which is a five minute walk from Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane, just saying!) Trains depart Yarraville station for the city at 11.25pm and 11.55pm (last train). Our Black Sabbath gig will conclude on stage at approximately 11.15pm, although DJ Max Crawdaddy will DJ till 1am. Point being, this amazing show is a piece of piss to get to and from.”

The Birth of Black Sabbath Celebrated
Friday 13 February, 7pm
The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville. 18+ Event.

Wizards (Matt Chapman, Jake Haugis, Neil Wilkinson, Daniel Firth, Jim Coelli Liam Cuffley and special guests.)

With support from Child and F*ck The Fitzroy Doom Scene
MC James ‘The Hound Dog’ Young and DJ Max Crawdaddy till 1am.

Tix from or on the door if available.

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Press photo (Left to Right): Liam Cuffley, Daniel Firth, Matt Chapman, Jake Haugis (backwards), Neil Wilkinson and Jim Coelli

Ticket Options

Reserved Seating $30+bf General Admission $25+bf On the Door $30 (if available)