List of Black Sabbath band members

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Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath 1999-12-16 Stuttgart.jpg
Black Sabbath onstage in Stuttgart on 16 December 1999. From left to right: Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward.
Background information
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1968–present
Members Tony Iommi
Geezer Butler
Ozzy Osbourne
Past members Former members

The following is a list of musicians who have been members of English heavy metal band Black Sabbath since their formation in Birmingham in 1968. The current lineup consists of three of the four original members of the band: vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler.

Current lineup[edit]

Tony Iommi
Tony Iommi has been the only consistent member of Black Sabbath.
Active: 1968–present
Instruments: lead guitar
Occasional instruments: piano, flute, acoustic guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, organ, mellotron
Release contributions: all Black Sabbath releases
Geezer Butler
Bassist Geezer Butler was also a member of the related band Heaven and Hell.
Active: 1968–1985, 1990–1994, 1997–present
Instruments: bass, synthesizers
Occasional instruments: mellotron
Release contributions: all Black Sabbath releases from Black Sabbath (1970) to Born Again (1983), Dehumanizer (1992), Cross Purposes (1994), 13 (2013)
Ozzy Osbourne
After being fired from the band in 1979, Osbourne began a successful solo career.
Active: 1968–1977, 1978–1979, 1985, 1997–present
Instruments: lead vocals
Occasional instruments: harmonica, synthesizer
Release contributions: all Black Sabbath releases from Black Sabbath (1970) to Never Say Die! (1978), 13 (2013)

Touring musicians[edit]

Adam Wakeman
Active: 2004–2006,2011–present
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: none
Tommy Clufetos
Active: 2012–present
Instruments: drums
Occasional instruments: Percussion
Release contributions: none

Former members[edit]

Bill Ward
Drummer Bill Ward was the last original member to reunite with Sabbath in 1997.
Active: 1968–1980, 1982–1983, 1985, 1994, 1997–2012
Instruments: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Occasional instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: all Black Sabbath releases from Black Sabbath (1970) to Heaven and Hell (1980) and Born Again (1983)
Dave Walker
Active: 1977
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: none
Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio recorded three successful studio albums with Black Sabbath.
Active: 1979–1982, 1991–1992; 2007
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: Heaven and Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981), Dehumanizer (1992)
Geoff Nicholls
Active: 1979–2004, 2006
Instruments: keyboards
Occasional instruments: bass, back up guitar
Release contributions: all Black Sabbath releases from Heaven and Hell (1980) to Live at Hammersmith Odeon (2007)
Vinny Appice
Active: 1980–1982, 1991–1993, 1998, 2007
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: Mob Rules (1981), Dehumanizer (1992)
Ian Gillan
Active: 1982–1984
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: Born Again (1983)
Bev Bevan
Active: 1983–1984, 1987
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: The Eternal Idol (1987)
David Donato
Active:1984–1985
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: none
Eric Singer
Drummer Eric Singer had a short tenure with Sabbath between 1985 and 1987.
Active: 1985–1987
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: Seventh Star (1986), The Eternal Idol (1987)
Dave Spitz
Active: 1985–1986, 1987
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: Seventh Star (1986)
Glenn Hughes
Active: 1985–1986
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: Seventh Star (1986)
Ray Gillen
Active: 1986–1987
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: none
Bob Daisley
Active: 1986
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: The Eternal Idol (1987)
Tony Martin
Active: 1987–1991, 1993–1997
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: The Eternal Idol (1987), Headless Cross (1989), TYR (1990), Cross Purposes (1994), Forbidden (1995)
Terry Chimes
Active: 1987
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none
Jo Burt
Active: 1987
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: none
Cozy Powell
Active: 1988–1991, 1994–1995
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: Headless Cross (1989), TYR (1990), Forbidden (1995)
Neil Murray
Active: 1989–1991, 1994–1995
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: TYR (1990), Forbidden (1995)
Bobby Rondinelli
Active: 1993–1994, 1995
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: Cross Purposes (1994)
Mike Bordin
Active: 1997
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: none

Timeline[edit]

Session and guest timeline[edit]

Session and guest musicians[edit]

Rick Wakeman
Active: 1973
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Gerald "Jezz" Woodruffe
Active: 1975, 1978
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Don Airey
Active: 1978
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: Never Say Die! (1978)
John Elstar
Active: 1978
Instruments: harmonica
Release contributions: Never Say Die! (1978)
Dave Donato
Active: 1985
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: none
Jeff Fenholt
Active: 1985
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: none
Gordon Copley
Active: 1985
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: "No Stranger to Love" on the album Seventh Star (1986)
Brian May
Active: 1988
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: Headless Cross (1989) – "When Death Calls" only
Laurence Cottle
Active: 1988–1989
Instruments: bass
Release contributions: Headless Cross (1989)
Ice-T
Active: 1994/1995
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: Forbidden (1995) – "The Illusion of Power" only
Brad Wilk
Active: 2012–2013
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: 13 (2013)

Touring substitutes[edit]

See also[edit]