Black and Blue (video)

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Black and Blue
Black and blue.jpg
Video by Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult
Released 1980
Recorded Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York, 1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length 90 min.
Label PolyGram
Producer George Harrison, Sandy Pearlman, Steve Schenck
Black Sabbath chronology
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(1978)
Black and Blue
(1980)
The Black Sabbath Story Vol. 1 - 1970-1978
(1992)
Blue Öyster Cult video chronology
Black and Blue
(1980)
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(1991)

Black and Blue is a live video by heavy metal bands Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult filmed during their 1980 co-headlining tour of the United States, known as the "Black and Blue Tour". The film was originally released to theaters in 1981 as a concert film. It was later released on VHS, Betamax and laserdisc video format, but has not been officially released on DVD.[1][2]

Film and video releases[edit]

In 1980, Black Sabbath co-headlined a number of the U.S. shows on their worldwide "Heaven & Hell Tour" with Blue Öyster Cult, at the suggestion of Sandy Pearlman, who was managing both bands at the time. These shows became known as the "Black and Blue Tour" and were very well attended, often ranking in Billboard magazine's weekly "Top Boxoffice" charts.[1][3][4]

The two bands' October 17, 1980 performances at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Hempstead, New York were filmed and edited together into the concert film Black and Blue, which was released to theaters in 1981 after the conclusion of the tour. Following its initial release, the film played for some time on the theatrical midnight movie circuit in the United States.[2] In the 1980s, it was released for the home video market in VHS format by Polygram Video in the UK, and by Warner Bros. in US. It was also released in laserdisc format by Polygram in UK and Warner Bros. in Japan.[5] According to Martin Popoff, a Betamax version was also issued.[1]

In 2002, a DVD release of the film was announced by Castle Pictures, and was available for pre-order from online merchants.[5][6] However, the release was postponed several times before finally being cancelled in January 2003.[5][7]

In 2004, a second announcement was made of an upcoming DVD release, this time by Universal Video. However, the release was again postponed and then cancelled at the last minute. A few copies were sold by some record stores in European countries that had received advance shipments before the withdrawal.[5] Since then, there has been no official DVD release of the film, although various bootlegs are available.[5]

Several sources, including Castle Pictures, have indicated that the DVD has not been released because Black Sabbath, in particular Tony Iommi, do not want it released.[1][5] The 2011 book Black Sabbath FAQ by Martin Popoff contained statements from members of Blue Öyster Cult about the video, with Joe Bouchard saying that Iommi and Sabbath opposed release of the video, and Eric Bloom opining that the video was not very good due to the lack of post-production, which was too expensive at the time the film was made.[1] On a 2013 episode of That Metal Show, Buck Dharma of Blue Öyster Cult talked very minimally about the release and said to his knowledge, the reason it has not been re-released is because the members of Black Sabbath don't want it being distributed, for reasons unknown to Dharma.[8]

Tracks[edit]

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  1. "The Marshall Plan" (Eric Bloom, Albert Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Allen Lanier, Donald Roeser)
    • performed by Blue Öyster Cult
  2. "War Pigs" (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward)
    • performed by Black Sabbath
  3. "Neon Knights" (Butler, Ronnie James Dio, Iommi, Ward)
    • performed by Black Sabbath
  4. "N.I.B." (Butler, Iommi, Osbourne, Ward)
    • performed by Black Sabbath
  5. "Doctor Music" (J. Bouchard, Richard Meltzer, Roeser)
    • performed by Blue Öyster Cult
  6. "Cities on Flame" (A. Bouchard, Sandy Pearlman, Roeser)
    • performed by Blue Öyster Cult
  7. "Divine Wind" (Roeser)
    • performed by Blue Öyster Cult
  8. "Iron Man" (Butler, Iommi, Osbourne, Ward)
    • performed by Black Sabbath
  9. "Paranoid" (Butler, Iommi, Osbourne, Ward)
    • performed by Black Sabbath
  10. "Godzilla" (Roeser)
    • performed by Blue Öyster Cult
  11. "Roadhouse Blues" (John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison)
    • performed by Blue Öyster Cult
  12. "Heaven and Hell" (Butler, Dio, Iommi, Ward)
    • performed by Black Sabbath
  13. "Born To Be Wild" (Mars Bonfire)
    • performed by Blue Öyster Cult
  14. "Die Young" (Butler, Dio, Iommi, Ward)
    • performed by Black Sabbath

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Popoff, Martin (2011). Black Sabbath FAQ: All That's Left to Know on the First Name in Metal. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Backbeat Books. pp. 146–160. ISBN 978-0-87930-957-2. 
  2. ^ a b McPadden, Mike (2015-04-25). "35 Things You Didn't Know About Black Sabbath's Heaven & Hell". VH1.com. VH1 Classic. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top Boxoffice Survey for Week Ending 10/19/1980". Billboard (United States: Nielsen Business Media, Inc). 1980-11-01. p. 34. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Top Boxoffice Survey for Week Ending 10/26/1980". Billboard (United States: Nielsen Business Media, Inc). 1980-11-08. p. 30. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Keihänen, Tapio (2009-02-21). "Black and Blue DVD". Dio.net. Tapio's Ronnie James Dio Pages (fan website). Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult: Classic 'Black & Blue' Concert To Be Issued On DVD". Blabbermouth.net (Roadrunner Records). 2002-07-17. Archived from the original on 2002-08-19. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult's 'Black & Blue' DVD On Hold". Blabbermouth.net (Roadrunner Records). 2002-10-16. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  8. ^ Eddie Trunk, Buck Dharma (2013-07-20). That Metal Show (Blue Öyster Cult interview) (television broadcast). United States: VH1. 
  9. ^ "AllMusic-Black and Blue overview". Retrieved March 15, 2009.