‘BLACK SABBATH AND THE BIRTH OF HEAVY METAL’
Six-part series hosted by Jesse Hughes (Eagles Of Death Metal) premieres on VICE.COM today
Episode 1: Jesse meets his hero - Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward:
Bill Ward admits: “If there is some longevity with Black Sabbath, then I’d like to be part of it”
“I wanna play hard rock music. I wanna play loud drums. I love playing with Terry. I love playing with Oz. And I love playing with Tony. When Tony opens up with huge chords man, I still get the same shiver up my back than I did when we were eighteen year old kids.” - Bill Ward, Black Sabbath 2012
For their latest piece of front-line, immersive filmmaking, VICE have again teamed up with Marshall Headphones for the new season of ‘On The Road’.
Presented by one of rock’s most inimitable and verbose characters, Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal notoriety, ‘On The Road’ is a six-part documentary series exploring the scuffed soul and frayed underbelly of ‘Black Sabbath and the Birth of Heavy Metal’.
Having investigated the unsung heroes of music – the ‘Roadies’ – in series one of On The Road, Jesse decided that for his next road trip he would investigate his foremost musical love – the original heavy metal sound from the UK, as pioneered by his heroes, Black Sabbath in the 1970s.
Before he sets off on his journey of discovery, Jesse invites one of his biggest musical idols and inspirations, Bill Ward, drummer of Black Sabbath, to meet him at his rehearsal space in LA. Jesse learns what it was like growing up in Birmingham, how Sabbath got together and changed rock history, and most importantly, Bill reveals how he would still love to be a part of the band again in the future.
The series sees Jesse start his metal odyssey in LA by interviewing the legendary Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, before touching down in the UK and journeying through Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Tewksbury, Monmouth and Gravesend, to meet the bands, roadies, journalists, groupies, designers and super fans who were all there the first time around.
Buckle up and come along for the ride. Heavy metal thunder’s gonna reign.