It’s A Black Day For Sabbath As Ozzy Sues Iommi
Ozzy Osbourne is driving his Crazy Train off the rails – and aiming it in the direction of one of his Black Sabbath bandmates.
The ‘Godfather of Heavy Metal’ claims guitarist Tony Iommi illegally claimed sole ownership of the band’s name, in a filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Osbourne is suing Iommi for a 50 percent interest in the ‘Black Sabbath’ trademark, along with a portion of Iommi’s profits from use of the name.
The Manhattan federal court suit also charges that Osbourne’s ‘signature lead vocals’ are largely responsible for the band’s ‘extraordinary success’, noting that their popularity plummeted during his absence from 1980 through 1996.
So, Sabbath’s 40th anniversary celebration tour… we assume it’s not happening now?!