Monthly Archives: June 2013

Black Sabbath return to top of album charts after 43 years

20130516-blacksabbath-x306-1368738004Black Sabbath have topped the U.K. albums chart for the first time in nearly 43 years.The heavy metal band have set a UK chart record for the longest gap between No 1 albums, overtaking Rod Stewart who set a similar record last month. The band’s latest, 13, entered the Official U.K. Albums Chart in the top spot, 42 years and eight months after their second album, Paranoid, reached Number One in 1970.

Frontman Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler – along with drummer Brad Wilk – beat Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye to the top spot with their long-gestating album, 13. The current album, which reunites three of the four original band members, has taken more than two years to write and record. The previous record holder for the longest chart topper gap was Rod Stewart with a total of 37 years. Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne said it was great to have beaten Stewart but added: “Rod’s the same as us. We’ve got something other people haven’t got. It’s all manufactured bullshit these days. But the likes of Rod and Elton John and us have got something different. We know our craft.”

“13” dropped on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Records as the nineteenth Sabbath record and the first one to feature Ozzy handling the vocal duties since 1978’s “Never Say Die.” The new Black Sabbath album reunites original band members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for the first time in 35 years.The band managed to complete the album despite guitarist Iommi being treated for cancer during its recording.

Man Plays Guitar During Brain Surgery!

For the first time in medical history, a patient has played the guitar while undergoing brain surgery in the US. As BBC reports, actor and musician Brad Carter started suffering from hand tremors common of Parkinson’s disease in 2006 that affected his guitar playing. After prescribed drugs didn’t work, he was offered surgery to fit a pacemaker into his brain.  “We put the pacemaker in a very specific part of the brain during the surgery, and we keep the patient awake during the surgery to make sure that we got the right spot and that it is stopping the tremor,” says Dr. Nader Pouratian of the procedure.

Keeping the patient awake during surgeries of this kind isn’t new. In fact, Carter was the 500th person to undergo surgery of this kind at the UCLA medical centre. However, it is the first time that someone has played he guitar during the procedure, as Dr Pouratian notes. “He said ‘Can I bring the guitar to the operating room and see if the stimulation makes it better?,’ so we did that, and it was really unique. We haven’t done that before.” While the surgery wont cure Carter’s Parkinson’s disease, it will deliver impulses to help to control his tremors.