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Black Sabbath has gone through a variety of line-up changes.

1968-1977, 1978-1979, ? Line-Up

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This is the original line-up with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. This lineup originally went by the name Earth.

Due to Osbourne's drinking and drug abuse, he was kicked out by the band in 1979.

Geezer quit soon after.

  • Ozzy Osbourne - Vocalist, Harmonica for "The Wizard"
  • Tony Iommi - Guitarist, Pianist for "Changes", Back-Up Vocals for "Hard Road", Syntheizers, Flute, Mellotron
  • Geezer Butler - Bassist, Back-Up Vocals for "Hard Road", Syntheizers
  • Bill Ward - Drummer, Vocalist for "It's Alright" and "Swinging The Chain"

1977-1978 Line-Up

Sabbath With Dave Walker

In 1977, Ozzy walked out on the band when he wanted to start a solo career. It was then that the band got Fleetwood Mac lead singer Dave Walker in to record Never Say Die!. They played with Dave Walker on a BBC session with a early version of "Junior's Eyes". It wasn't until the final moment, in 1978, that Ozzy came back and didn't want to do most of the tracks that weren't written with him.

Bill Ward had to sing for "Swinging The Chain", because Ozzy refused.

  • Dave Walker - Vocalist
  • Tony Iommi - Guitarist
  • Geezer Butler - Bassist
  • Bill Ward - Drummer

1979-1980 Line-Up (needs work)

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This is the "Dio Era" line-up with Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward, after Ozzy's firing from the band, in the same year Sharon Arden (who would be Ozzy's future wife) recommended Dio, Black Sabbath started to go in a different direction with their music. Instead of the gloomy atmosphere (that Technical Ectasy and Never Say Die! faded away from as well), Heaven and Hell went for a Power Metal feel.

  • Ronnie James Dio - Vocals
  • Tony Iommi - Guitarist
  • Geezer Butler - Bassist
  • Bill Ward - Drummer

1980-1982, 1991-1992, 2006-2010 Line-Up

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When Heaven and Hell was released, Ward was fired similarly to Osbourne, only for a drinking problem. Ward was replaced with Vinny Appice for Mob Rules. After Live Evil was released, Ronnie and Vinny left the band and went on to form the band Dio. Reportedly, Ronnie came back first, and then Vinny came back shortly after.

  • Ronnie James Dio - Vocals
  • Tony Iommi - Guitarist
  • Geezer Butler - Bassist
  • Vinny Appice - Drummer

1982-1983 Line-Up

This is the line-up that played on Born Again.

  • Ian Gillan - vocals
  • Tony Iommi - guitar
  • Geezer Butler - bass
  • Bill Ward - drums

1983-1984 Line-Up

This is the line-up that played on the tour for Born Again.

  • Ian Gillan
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geezer Butler
  • Bev Bevan

1984-1985 Line-Up

After this, Black Sabbath broke up, and Tony Iommi started working on what he intended to be a solo album.

1985-1986 Line-Up

This line-up played on all but one song on Seventh Star.

1986-? Line-Up

  • Ray Gillen
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Dave Spitz
  • Eric Singer

 ?-1987 Line-Up

  • Ray Gillen
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Bob Daisley
  • Eric Singer

1987 Line-Up

  • Tony Martin
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Bob Daisley
  • Eric Singer

?

This line-up played on Headless Cross.

?

This line-up played on Tyr.

  • Tony Martin
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Neil Murray
  • Cozy Powell

?

  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Geezer Butler
  • Cozy Powell

After this, Ronnie reportedly wanted Cozy to be replaced by former Dio drummer Simon Wright, but Tony and Geezer got Vinny instead.

two shows in 1992

  • Rob Halford
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nichols
  • Geezer Butler
  • Vinny Appice

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?

  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls
  • Geezer Butler
  • Bill Ward

one show

  • Rob Halford
  • Tony Iommi
  • Geoff Nicholls (?)
  • Geezer Butler
  • Bill Ward