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KnuckleBonz – Black Sabbath “Pilgrimage to Mapledurham Mill”

A must on the KnuckleBonz travel list is a pilgrimage to the Mapledurham Mill and Estate  in Oxfordshire, England. Black Sabbath SuperFans will know this is the site of the original album cover photo shoot by photographer Keith “Keef” Macmillan for the debut album released in February of 1970. The young model, Louisa Livingstone, had no idea her image was about to become the corner stone of heavy metal as she posed in various shots in the black robe and green face makeup for Black Sabbath. The haunting image of the Mapledurham Mill, which dates back to the to the 12th century, still brings chills and memories of the initial thunder clap of the album title track Black Sabbath. Even crazier is this record went to catholic grade school with us in the early 70s and was played as part of recreation time. We were allowed to bring our own music and play on the library record player. Not a single Nun or teacher at the Holy Spirit Elementary ever raised an eyebrow…classic. Very progressive for the church of Rome to be sure.

Take a second and visit the official website of the Mapledurham Estate here. The mill is still operational, the last commercially working watermill on the River Thames, and the property is wonderfully maintained. Maybe put on Ozzy, Iommi, Geezer and Bill Ward’s Sleeping Village from the debut album to set the mood. You will be transported to another place…

Rock Hard!

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Rock Iconz – Black Sabbath on the Rock Walk of Fame

On this day in 1992 Black Sabbath was inducted in the the Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA. Unlike the other walk of fame in Tinsletown, this is reserved for all our rock music heroes.

Our Rock Iconz Statue Series has been fortunate enough to work with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi on limited edition designs.

Tony’s statue is from the Black Sabbath era circa 1972 with him in one of the flowing silk tops. This was before going to the signature black stage wear. That Rock Iconz is in stock. Ships today, order here.

Ozzy’s Rock Iconz designs have been more from his solo era. Those designs are long since SOLD OUT, but we do have Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman and Bark at the Moon 3D Vinyl is limited supply. Don’t miss out, once the are SOLD OUT, they are gone forever. We have never rereleased any SOL OUT design in the history of KnuckleBonz. Order Here

We still hold out hope to create a set for the band adding Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. But, as you know, licensing for bands that are no longer performing together can be a challenge. KnuckleBonz only created officially licensed work.

Rock Hard this Holiday Season!

 

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Black Sabbath Never Say Die – Were You There?

September 1978, the KnuckleBonz® Krew were just getting back into the flow of a new high school year and Black Sabbath Never Say Die dropped on all us Back Street Kids. It was bitter sweet as the album had some really great moments, but for the first time as fans, we could start to see some of the cracks that were forming in the original Black Sabbath line up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. The “Johnny Blade” track was the high pint for us. The bridge in that song is still send chills down the arms. Later that year we would see this tour live with “Special Guest” none other than Van Halen on their 1st national tour…what we wouldn’t give to set the way-back machine and see that show again.

We are fortunate to me working with Metal Lord Tony Iommi in  our Rock Iconz Statue Series at present. Tony’s Rock Iconz Ltd. Edition statue is on back order, but production just wrapped up on the new wave of production and is on the way to our US warehouse for the holidays miss out and reserve yours here.

Rock Hard!

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Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath Rock Iconz Ltd. Edition Statue Now Shipping

After the carnage wrought by 2020, we have gotten the initial production units for Tony Iommi’s Rock Iconz® statue to our USA warehouse and have begin shipping. Pre-Orders are always first to ship and go out in the order they were received. The remaining inventory is super limited so if you are a Black Sabbath fan, don’t miss out.

ORDER NOW: https://knucklebonz.com/product-category/tony-iommi/

Tony Iommi is synonymous with the riff fuel metal. His innovative, de-tuned guitar tone is considered to be the blueprint that hundreds of bands have followed.

Born on February 19, 1948, in Birmingham, England, left-handed Tony picked up the guitar after being inspired by the likes of Hank Marvin & the Shadows as a teenager. Iommi’s musical career was nearly derailed prematurely as he suffered a horrible accident at a sheet metal factory when a machine sliced off the tips of the fingers on his right hand. Depressed and figuring that his guitar playing days were behind him, a friend turned him onto guitarist Django Reinhardt who lost use of two fingers in a gypsy caravan campfire accident. This inspired Tony to give the six-string another go with soft plastic tips attached to the ends of his fingers. Little did we know, this would be the touchstone for the Black Sabbath sound and what we all know now as heavy metal.

Each KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz® Limited Edition Statue is hand-crafted. Never more than 3000 pieces are cast for super-fans worldwide. All Rock Iconz statues are officially licensed, limited edition collectibles. This is a fine-arts production process where each statue is hand-cast, painted and numbered. Rock Iconz are created in 1/9 scale making each statue 8 to 9 inches tall. Each statue comes with a certificate of authenticity on the base of the statue. Rock Hard!

Check out all the KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour™ Collectibles here: www.knucklebonz.com

Roc Hard! Kbonz

 

 

Black Sabbath U.S. Tour 1978 T-Shirt

Officially licensed Black Sabbath t-shirt featuring a reproduction print of an original U.S. tour t-shirt from 1978. 100% cotton. Regular fit t-shirt. Black. .

Black Sabbath Creature T-Shirt

Officially licensed Black Sabbath Creature t-shirt featuring the Black Sabbath logo and creature on the front of the shirt. Men’s regular fit t-shirt. Black. 100% cotton. .

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8-Track Tape – Intro and Inspiration to Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath

8-Track Tape – Intro and Inspiration to Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath

While the 8-Track tape music format had many frustrating aspects and was somewhat limited for sound quality versus vinyl, it is still held in high esteem here at KnuckleBonz. 8-track tape is not only a 70s era tentpole, it’s the format that I was first introduced to Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi. Can still see the blistered covers of the first Sabbath recordings, Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Masters of Reality strewn throughout the car floorboard. We called on these memories when designing our Tony Iommi Rock Iconz Ltd. Edition Statue. The design captures Tony Iommi circa 1973 when he was wearing the long white sleeved shirts and white platform shoes. His red guitar was equipped with the classic monkey decal.

The Tony Iommi Rock Iconz statue is entering the later stages pf production and is scheduled to ship before the end of the year. Stay tuned to KnuckleBonz here and on social media for updates on the Tony Iommi Rock Iconz Limited Edition and all the KnuckleBonz products.

Check out all the new KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz, 3D Vinyl and On Tour collectibles now at www.knucklebonz.com

Rock Iconz® 3D Vinyl and Rock Iconz ON Tour™ are trademarks of KnuckleBonz, Inc.

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Remembering Rock Iconz Eddie Van Halen on His Birthday – We Still Get Chills…

On this day Edward Van Halen was born and we are thinking back to September 9th 1978. All of us were packed into the 71 VW Wagon (with a gas leak) on the way to Baltimore Civic Centre to see the Black Sabbath Never Say Die Tour, with “Special Guest” Van Halen. We had all bought the debut Van Halen album over the summer and were of course blown away. However, the banter on the way to the show was all about what we would, or more importantly, we NOT hear from the Van Halen set, specifically ERUPTION. Most were convinced EVH’s masterpiece ERUPTION, was recorded with a ton of studio trickery. It took about 40 minutes for us to find out once the lights went down. I can honestly say it might be the tightest opening  set I ever saw. The band ripped through the 1st record with David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and Eddie Van Halen in the finest form. It was the 2nd to last number before the encore before we heard the 1st salvo from EVH on ERUPTION. The hairs on my arms are standing up now just thinking about it, we still get chills…rock music or at least rock guitar would be different going forward. An amazing day in KnuckleBonz Superfan lore.

Van Halen Setlist Sept 9th, 1978 (Baltimore Civic Centre)

  1. “On Fire”
  2. “I’m the One”
  3. Michael Anthony bass solo
  4. “Runnin’ with the Devil”
  5. “Atomic Punk”
  6. Alex Van Halen drum solo
  7. “Jamie’s Cryin'”
  8. “Little Dreamer”
  9. “Feel Your Love Tonight”
  10. “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”
  11. “Ice Cream Man” (“John Brim” cover)
  12. Eddie Van Halen guitar solo featuring “Eruption”
  13. “You Really Got Me” (“The Kinks” cover)

Encore

  1. “Dead or Alive”
  2. “Bottoms Up!”

RIP and Happy Birthday Ed…

Rock Hard Today!

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Candlemass “Doom’s Day” – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

June 10th was forever known as “Doom’s Day,” when Candlemass released their debut album laying the cornerstone to a new musical genre “Doom Metal.”

Candlemass was inspired by the fathers of all forms of metal, Black Sabbath. Adding operatic vocals to to slow, ominous riffs, Candlemass departed from the common faire of the day coming  out of Europe which featured panicked speed and high pitched vocals.

While certainly not a commercial success on it’s initial release, the band was actually dropped by the original record label because of slow sales. Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is now permanently etched in the timeline of all true metal fans of any form.

Candlemass “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” Track Listing:

1. Solitude
2. Deaths Gate
3. Crystal Ball
4. Black Stone Wielder
5. Under The Oak
6. A Sorcerer’s Pledge

Drop the needle on this metal masterpiece today…

Rock Hard!

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Tony Iommi – What Era for the Next Rock Iconz Statue ?

We have just completed a 2nd wave of production of our original Tony Iommi Rock Iconz® Statue. That is on the way to our USA warehouse and is mostly reserved by fans who have already back-ordered this limited edition. No FoMO…

It’s now time to start designing Tony’s next Rock Iconz statue. So much to choose from across all the years of Black Sabbath. FYI – Tony is the only Sabbath member to appear on every single recording and live show of the band. Sound off and let us know what you would like to see. Tony in his classic black attire from mid to late 70s Sabbath, or the black learher coat from the final Sabbath Tours, or something else”?? Sound off! Rock Iconz are created for you, the Superfans of music.

There’s still time to reserve our current Tony Iommi Rock Iconz Ltd. Edition Statue from circa 1973. Tony is wearning one of his flowing white tops and playing his signature red axe. Reserve your here.

Rock Hard!