List of Black Sabbath band members

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The original lineup of Black Sabbath featured Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne.

Black Sabbath were an English hard rock band from Aston, Birmingham. Formed in 1968, the group originally featured vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.[1] The initial lineup of the band lasted until 1977, during which time they released seven successful studio albums, including UK Albums Chart top-five releases Paranoid, Master of Reality and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.[2] Osbourne left the group in 1977 and was replaced briefly by Dave Walker, although the founding frontman returned the following year.[3] His return was short-lived, however, and he was replaced in 1979 by Ronnie James Dio at the suggestion of Sharon Arden, who would later marry Osbourne.[4] Butler also briefly left in 1979, although after hearing sessions recorded by replacement Craig Gruber he returned.[5]

The new lineup of Black Sabbath, complete with the addition of keyboardist Geoff Nicholls,[6] released the critically acclaimed album Heaven and Hell in 1980, before drummer Ward was fired from the band due to a drinking problem.[7] With Vinny Appice replacing Ward, the band released Mob Rules in 1981 and live album Live Evil in 1982, before Dio and Appice left to form the band Dio together.[8] Former Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan was brought in (and original drummer Ward returned) for 1983's Born Again.[9] Throughout the mid-1980s, the lineup of Black Sabbath changed numerous times, with members including David Donato, Jo Burt and Terry Chimes not contributing to any releases.[10][11][12]

After a brief hiatus, guitarist and only constant member Iommi rebuilt Black Sabbath in 1985 with vocalist Glenn Hughes, bassist Dave Spitz and drummer Eric Singer,[13][14][15] all of whom contributed to Seventh Star, which was initially intended to be Iommi's debut solo album.[13] In 1987 the band hired their third long-term singer in Tony Martin, who replaced vocals previously recorded by Ray Gillen for The Eternal Idol, released in 1987.[16] Martin remained for 1989's Headless Cross and 1990's Tyr, both of which featured drummer Cozy Powell following the departure of Singer; bass on the albums was performed by Laurence Cottle and Neil Murray, respectively.[17] Martin was later replaced by Dio, with Butler and Appice also returning to record new album Dehumanizer for release in 1992, before the vocalist and drummer departed again.[17] Martin returned for the Cross Purposes (1994) and Forbidden (1995) albums, which would be the band's final studio albums for almost 20 years.[1]

In 1997, Black Sabbath returned to their original lineup of Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward for the live album Reunion.[1] The group completed a number of tour dates.

In 2006 Iommi and Butler transform Black Sabbath to Heaven & Hell with Dio and Appice.[18]. The reason behind was after they reunited to record three new songs for the 2007 compilation album, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years, they embarked on a 2007–2008 tour. Iommi, owner of the Black Sabbath name, decided to call the touring group Heaven & Hell to differentiate the project from the Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath. According to Iommi, the name change was made so that fans at concerts would not expect "to hear “Iron Man” and “War Pigs” and all that... it’s none of the old stuff, it’s none of the Ozzy period. It’s all Dio stuff. So by calling ourselves Heaven and Hell, it’s revisiting that period." In 2009 they released in this formation the studio album The Devil You Know. The project ended after Ronnie James Dio's passing away on 16th May 2010. The three surviving members performed a final Heaven & Hell set in tribute to Dio at the High Voltage Festival on 24 July 2010 with two guest vocalists: former Black Sabbath and Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes and Norwegian singer Jørn Lande of Masterplan fame. Former Pantera and Down vocalist Phil Anselmo also made a brief appearance in the song Neon Knights.[19]

After one year later announced on 11 November 2011 that the band would reform with Osbourne and Ward again as Black Sabbath to record their first album for release in 2012, as well as a worldwide tour.[20] However, in 2012 Ward pulled out of the reunion due to "a failure to agree" with his bandmates.[21] Brad Wilk performed drums on the resulting album, 13,[22] while Tommy Clufetos took over as the group's touring drummer.[23]

Official members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Tony Iommi Tony Iommi 1968–2017 all Black Sabbath releases
all Heaven And Hell releases
Geezer Butler Geezer Butler
  • 1968–1979
  • 1980–1985
  • 1987
  • 1990–1994
  • 1997–2017
Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1968–1977
  • 1978–1979
  • 1985
  • 1997–2017
  • all Black Sabbath releases from Black Sabbath (1970) to Never Say Die! (1978)
  • Reunion (1998)
  • Past Lives (2002)
  • 13 (2013)
  • Live... Gathered in Their Masses (2013)
Bill Ward Bill Ward
  • 1968–1980
  • 1982–1983
  • 1984–1985
  • 1994
  • 1995–1998
  • 1998–2012
  • all Black Sabbath releases from Black Sabbath (1970) to Heaven and Hell (1980)
  • Born Again (1983)
  • Reunion (1998)
  • Past Lives (2002)
Dave Walker Dave Walker 1977–1978 vocals none
Geoff Nicholls 1979–2004 (died 2017)
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • bass
all Black Sabbath releases from Heaven and Hell (1980) to Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (2007)
Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio
  • 1979–1982
  • 1991–1992
  • (2006-2010 as Heaven & Hell) (died 2010)
vocals
Craig Gruber 1979 bass none
Vinny Appice Vinny Appice
  • 1980–1982
  • 1991–1993
  • 1998
  • (2006-2010 as Heaven & Hell)
drums
  • Mob Rules (1981)
  • Live Evil (1982)
  • Dehumanizer (1992)
  • The Dio Years (2007)
  • Live at Hammersmith Odeon (2007)
  • all Heaven And Hell releases
Ian Gillan Ian Gillan 1982–1984 vocals Born Again (1983)
Bev Bevan Bev Bevan
  • 1983–1984
  • 1987
  • drums
  • percussion
The Eternal Idol (1987) – "Scarlet Pimpernel" and "Eternal Idol" only
Ron Keel 1984 vocals none
David Donato 1984–1985 vocals none
Eric Singer Eric Singer 1985–1987 drums
Dave Spitz 1985–1986, 1987 bass Seventh Star (1986)
Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes
  • 1985–1986
  • (2010 as Heaven & Hell)
vocals Seventh Star (1986)
Ray Gillen 1986–1987 (died 1993) vocals The Eternal Idol – Deluxe Collector's Edition (2010 Reissue)
Bob Daisley 1986 bass The Eternal Idol (1987)
Tony Martin Tony Martin
  • 1987–1991
  • 1993–1997
vocals
Terry Chimes 1987 drums none
Jo Burt 1987 bass none
Cozy Powell Cozy Powell
  • 1988–1991
  • 1994–1995
(died 1998)
drums
  • Headless Cross (1989)
  • Tyr (1990)
  • Forbidden (1995)
Laurence Cottle Laurence Cottle 1988–1989 bass Headless Cross (1989)
Neil Murray
  • 1989–1991
  • 1994–1995
bass
  • Tyr (1990)
  • Forbidden (1995)
Bobby Rondinelli
  • 1993–1994
  • 1995
drums
  • Cross Purposes (1994)
  • Cross Purposes Live (1995)

Other contributors[edit]

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Mike Bordin Mike Bordin 1997 drums none
Adam Wakeman Adam Wakeman
  • 2004–2006
  • 2011–2017
  • keyboards
  • guitar
Live... Gathered in Their Masses (2013)
Scott Warren Scott Warren (2006-2010 as Heaven & Hell)
  • keyboards
  • guitar
Tommy Clufetos Tommy Clufetos 2012–2017 drums Live... Gathered in Their Masses (2013)

Session[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Rick Wakeman Rick Wakeman 1973
  • piano
  • synthesizers
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973) – "Sabbra Cadabra" only
Gerald Woodroffe 1976 keyboards Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Don Airey Don Airey 1978 keyboards Never Say Die! (1978)
John Elstar 1978 harmonica Never Say Die! (1978) – "Swinging the Chain" only
Gordon Copley 1985 bass Seventh Star (1986) – "No Stranger to Love" only
Brian May Brian May 1988 guitar Headless Cross – "When Death Calls" only
Mike Exter (2009 as Heaven & Hell) keyboards The Devil You Know (2009)
Brad Wilk Brad Wilk 2012–2013
  • drums
  • percussion
13 (2013)

Live Guests[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments information
Rob Halford Rob Halford
  • 1992
  • 2004
  • vocals
performing two shows 1992 after Dio's retire and one show in 2004 in cause of Osbourne's illness
Jorn Jørn Lande (2010 as Heaven & Hell) vocals performing at Heaven and Hell's last concert as tribute for Ronnie James Dio with Glenn Hughes and Phil Anselmo
Anselmo Phil Anselmo (2010 as Heaven & Hell) vocals performing at Heaven and Hell's last concert as tribute for Ronnie James Dio with Glenn Hughes and Jorn Lande

Recording timeline[edit]

Role Album
Black Sabbath
(1970)
Paranoid
(1970)
Master of Reality
(1971)
Vol. 4
(1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
(1973)
Sabotage
(1975)
Technical Ecstasy
(1976)
Never Say Die!
(1978)
Heaven And Hell
(1980)
Mob Rules
(1981)
Born Again
(1983)
Seventh Star
(1986)
The Eternal Idol
(1987)
Headless Cross
(1989)
Tyr
(1990)
Dehumanizer
(1992)
Cross Purposes
(1994)
Forbidden
(1995)
as Heaven & Hell
The Devil You Know

(2009)
13
(2013)
Guitar Tony Iommi
Vocals Ozzy Osbourne Ronnie James Dio Ian Gillan Glenn Hughes Tony Martin Ronnie James Dio Tony Martin Ronnie James Dio Ozzy Osbourne
Bass Geezer Butler Dave Spitz Bob Daisley [note 1] Laurence Cottle Neil Murray Geezer Butler Neil Murray Geezer Butler
Drums Bill Ward Vinny Appice Bill Ward Eric Singer Cozy Powell Vinny Appice Bobby Rondinelli Cozy Powell Vinny Appice Brad Wilk
Keyboards Geoff Nicholls Mike Exeter Adam Wakeman
  1. ^ Dave Spitz was just credited, but indeed Daisley played the bass.


Timeline[edit]

Black Sabbath[edit]

Heaven And Hell[edit]

Lineups[edit]

1969-1977 1977-1978 1978-1979 1979-1980
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Dave Walker - vocals
  • Bill Ward - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
  • Bill Ward - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
1980-1982 1982-1983 1983-1984 1984
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ronnie James Dio - vocals
  • Vinny Appice - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ian Gillan - vocals
  • Bill Ward - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ian Gillan - vocals
  • Bev Bevan - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • David Donato - vocals
  • Bev Bevan - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
1985-1986 1986 1986 1986-1987
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • David Donato - vocals
  • Eric Singer - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Glenn Hughes - vocals
  • Eric Singer - drums
  • Bob Daisley - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ray Gillen - vocals
  • Eric Singer - drums
  • Bob Daisley - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
1987 1987-1988 1987-1989 1989-1991
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Tony Martin - vocals
  • Bev Bevan - drums
  • Dave Spitz - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Tony Martin - vocals
  • Terry Chimes - drums
  • Dave Spitz - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Tony Martin - vocals
  • Cozy Powell - drums
  • Neil Murray - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
1991-1993 1993-1994 1994-1995 1995-1997
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ronnie James Dio - vocals
  • Vinny Appice - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Tony Martin - vocals
  • Bobby Rondinelli - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Tony Martin - vocals
  • Cozy Powell - drums
  • Neil Murray - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Tony Martin - vocals
  • Bobby Rondinelli - drums
  • Neil Murray - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
1997-2004 2004-2006 2006-2010 (as "Heaven And Hell") 2011-2012
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
  • Bill Ward - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Geoff Nichols - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
  • Bill Ward - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Adam Wakeman - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ronnie James Dio - vocals
  • Vinny Appice - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Scott Warren - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
  • Bill Ward - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Adam Wakeman - keyboard
2012-2013 2013 2013-2017
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
  • Tommy Clufetos - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Adam Wakeman - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
  • Brad Wilk - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Adam Wakeman - keyboard
  • Tony Iommi - guitars
  • Ozzy Osbourne - vocals
  • Tommy Clufetos - drums
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Adam Wakeman - keyboard


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