Bill Ward and his old Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were reunited in Los Angeles on Saturday night for the first time since 2015.

The trio were attending the Grammy Salute To Music Legends ceremony at the city’s Dolby Theatre, where Black Sabbath were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy by the Recording Academy.

Rival Sons performed for Sabbath on the night, with the annual award given to artists who have “made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.” 

Iommi later posted a picture of himself, Ward and Butler, saying, β€œAnother Grammy! Great performance from Rival Sons yesterday, thanks guys.”

Butler also posted a couple of images from the evening on his Twitter account.

In other Sabbath news, an exhibition is set to get under way in their home town of Birmingham next month.

Black Sabbath 50 Years will run from June 26 until September 29th at the Museum & Art Gallery and will look back at their history, celebrate their contribution to British music, and explore the history between the band and their fans.

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  • D.J.H on

    Grammy or “Garmmy’s”?…..(or Shammy’s?)

    At least a properly decent act won something, I suppose.

    • Dana on

      Sorry, I am a bit sleepy today (not feeling well), fixed.

      But Shammy’s is good call, especially regarding the infamous Jethro Tull “Best Heavy Metal” gaffe.

    • Dana on

      Firstly, that was me who typed that comment, not D.J.H

      Secondly, that is your opinion. I think it is farcical to give a Best Heavy Metall award to “rock” band with a flute. Two words that should never go together “rock” and “flute.” May as well be “rock” and “clarinet.” To quote you, “ha, ha.”

    • Doug R. on

      I love Jethro Tull, all labels aside, they’re just a great band. And to be fair, on several songs, Black Sabbath has used harmonicas, harps, and Tony Iommi himself uses a flute on “Planet Caravan.”

    • Dana on

      Yes, but Sabbath sounds like Heavy Metal, and one of the ballsiest, and best bands, ever, AC/DC, never used any of those instruments.

      Also, I cannot remember the last time Priest used a flute, either, and they went eclectronica for one entire album. LOL!!

    • Doug R. on

      I forgot about “Solitude” as well, great mellow song with flute, and piano!

    • Rattlehead on

      Craig, no disrespect to Tull, but I don’t think they are a hard rock/heavy metal band. Rather, Tull is more of a folk rock band. While Tull has been influential to many hard rock/metal artists such as Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, I think Metallica, not Tull, should have easily won that award in 1989.

      And I agree it’s pathetic we don’t have a deluxe version of the first Van Halen album. I have a live bootleg of theirs recorded in 1978 that sounds killer and would make a great companion disc included in a deluxe edition of the first Van Halen album.

    • Dana on

      Sorry, Tyger,

      But I do not like this, and that vocal is terrible. Again, to each their own.

      D πŸ™‚

    • Doug R. on

      That’s true about AC/DC (who I love) but imagine if every band sounded the same? Agree 100% of course JT shouldn’t have won the award for best heavy metal album in ’89, but it ain’t their fault the Grammy “committee” are just a bunch of clueless idiots!

    • Dana on

      I agree, and as Robert so astutely recognized, that was my initial point, that the Grammy committee is clueless.

      However, someone chose to take my point personally, and twist the meaning. So, I had to defend myself.

      BTW, Jethro Tull deserves the Grammy for Best Renaissance Faire Music. πŸ˜‰

    • Doug R. on

      I’m just happy Jethro Tull is getting so much attention! πŸ˜‰

    • Dana on

      If my dislike of Ian Anderson makes me imprudent in your eyes, so be it. I don’t like Neil Young, either. My music has to have some testosterone, ha ha.

  • Michael Monet on

    Does anybody have an update on the FORBIDDEN remaster?

  • Rattlehead on

    Where’s Ozzy?

    Great to see them together. I hope it was cordial.

    • Dana on

      Maybe, he is still home dealing with his health issues?

  • Taskerofpuppets on

    Cool to see them together. I think Ozzy was knocked over by Sharon on the way to this photo shoot.

  • robert davenport on

    Dana was 100% correct , flute does not go with rock lol – tull does have a couple of decent songs , but never should have won that “shammy ” award – also I dont think her comment was meant as a put down of tull , as much as it was an indictment of the grammys –

    • Dana on

      Absolutely correct, Robert. But, since he went there… πŸ˜‰

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