Black Sabbath will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their seminal debut album 'Black Sabbath' by hosting two listening parties in complete darkness.
Organised by Pitchblack Playback, the listening sessions in MQA high definition audio take place on Tuesday 11th February – two days before ‘Black Sabbath’ officially turns 50 - at the Number 10 venue in Hackney, East London. Attendees will wear face masks to take them into darkness.
Pitchback Playback say in a statement: “Pitchback Playback is a series of listening sessions where music fans can listen to upcoming album releases and classic LPs like never before in cinemas and other intimate spaces.
“Not only that, they elevate the experience of listening to the music by staging it completely in the dark - providing the most immersive, detailed and visceral sound experience possible. Sabbath fans now have an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the debut album ‘Black Sabbath’ in a uniquely heightened sensory experience.”
There is more yet-to-be-revealed activity planned to mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Black Sabbath’ and ‘Paranoid’ this year.
Originally met with a lukewarm reception by critics, ‘Black Sabbath’ is now rightfully regarded as one of the most important and influential rock albums of all time, and is credited with giving birth to heavy metal.
Black Sabbath played their final show at Birmingham Genting Arena on Saturday 4th February 2017 at the culmination of their swansong tour. Later that year, the historic show was immortalised as a concert film called ‘The End’.