Bruce Dickinson’s Confession About Black Sabbath
Many fans can confirm that Black Sabbath released dozens of hit songs during their career. One of those tracks is ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,’ the opening title track of the band’s 1973 album of the same name. After its release, numerous guitar players praised the track’s guitar sound, such as Guns N’ Roses icon Slash and Brent Hinds from Mastodon. In addition, many Black Sabbath fans agree that the song’s riff saved the band after Tony Iommi’s writer’s block.
‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ has been covered by many bands, proving that the song’s legacy is profound. The Big Four’s Anthrax released their version of their 1987 EP ‘I’m The Man.’ Since Black Sabbath’s influence is beyond genres, a pop band named the Cardigans also covered this song on their debut album, ‘Emmerdale.’ Today Is The Day recorded their take on the hit, featuring it both on their ‘In These Black Days’ tribute series and their fourth album, ‘Temple of the Morning Star.’
In addition to tall these names, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson released a cover version of ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.’ A few years after he began his career as a solo musician, Dickinson recorded the Black Sabbath song with Godspeed for the band’s tribute album, ‘Nativity in Black.’
“Black Sabbath was the second album I bought in an auction, after ‘Deep Purple In Rock,’” said the singer in a conversation with Double J in 2018 about essential songs in his career. He continued by praising the band’s record, “Sabbath went through a few transitions. Then they came out with this album, ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,’ which was just immense. To me, it’s one of the best rock albums of all time.”
However, Dickinson sounded quite critical about his version of ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.’ He confessed, “I’m guilty as charged. I did a terrible cover of this song because somebody offered me money. I was out of Maiden and short of a few quid, so I went, ‘Yeah, go on then.’ It just proved that you should never try and cover legendary things. They should just stay legendary.”
Though Dickinson didn’t favor his version of the Black Sabbath song, the album that featured it was certified Gold by the RIAA on 4 December 2000. Furthermore, fans in the comments section gave him credit for doing an excellent job of covering such an iconic song. Still, it’s up to fans to decide whether the Iron Maiden frontman butchered the song, as he mentioned in this 2018 interview.