Some still-young-at-heart veterans of Rock made headlines this past week when Bruce Springsteen raised $160,000 for charity Wednesday night by auctioning his guitar, followed Thursday by the announcement, which we previewed last week, that the original four members of Black Sabbath are reuniting again to record a new album and then hit the road for another tour.
Our first thought, on the heels of the recent passing of Springsteen’s partner-in-crime Clarence Clemons, is that after all that Black Sabbath’s members have been through it is amazing that Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward are all still alive! (And Geezer finally grew into his name.) The band has over 200 years of hard living under its collective belt and they are still going strong, as is Bruce. Rock on!
Here is an article from a local New Jersey newspaper about the Stand Up for Heroes benefit at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, hosted by Jon Stewart, where the winning bidder for the acoustic guitar Springsteen had just finished playing gave the instrument away to a serviceman in the audience: Bruce Springsteen’s guitar auctioned off for $160,000 at Stand Up For Heroes benefit.
Here is a bad joke and a good song from Bruce (with the Max Weinberg Big Band) at the event:
Here are videos of the Black Sabbath press conference where they announced the latest reunion of this seminal heavy metal band, the band in its early days performing “Paranoid” in Paris (1970), and another performance by Bruce at the auction in NYC:
How’s that for a pairing of musicians and performances in one article?
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