This Is Why Black Sabbath Reunited: $150,000,000+

Now that the classic Sabbath line-up is back together for a world tour and a Rick Rubin-produced album (the first with Ozzy since 1978), some folks have been crunching the numbers.  According to People in the UK, estimates are that that the tour will gross $150,000,000.

That’ll be a nice top-up to the retirement accounts of Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill–not that they necessarily need it.  Sabbath has sold more than 70 million records and Ozzy–well, he’s done all right, hasn’t he?

But with these guys in their 60s (collective age is 250), this is more about estate planning and inheritance issues–which is fine because if I were them, I’d want to make sure my descendents benefited from my life’s work.  

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “This Is Why Black Sabbath Reunited: $150,000,000+

  • November 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I am pretty convinced that while a tour is a great idea, making new music is a bad idea for Black Sabbath, Last week I posted those thoughts on my blog:
    However, having Rick Rubin on board gives me faith that the new music they make might actually be worth checking out.


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