Black Sabbath on BBC Midlands "Look! Hear!" (lost TV footage featuring Dave Walker on vocals; 1978)

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The band with Dave Walker

Status: Lost

Black Sabbath was a British heavy metal band that was formed in 1968 in Birmingham, England by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler, and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. They were often cited as pioneers of heavy metal and their first three albums Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple lineup changes throughout the years with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its existence. Dave Walker was Osbourne's first replacement, but never appeared in any Black Sabbath album, but he did perform a two song set with the group on the BBC Midlands program "Look! Hear!.

History[edit | edit source]

In late 1977, Ozzy Osbourne unexpectedly left Black Sabbath to start a solo career. Former Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown singer Dave Walker was brought in as Ozzy's replacement. The band immediately began work on new material, with Walker supplying the lyrics[1]. On January 6, 1978, Black Sabbath were filmed playing a two song set on the BBC Midlands program "Look! Hear!." War Pigs and a very rough, early version of Junior's Eyes were played.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The performance remained relatively unknown until the audio of Junior's Eyes was featured on a Black Sabbath bootleg entitled [2] Archangel Rides Again[3] that was unofficially released in 1992.

On October 25, 2011, Dave Walker was [4] interviewed by Jason Saulnier from musiclegends.ca and was asked about his performance on "Look! Hear!." Dave stated that he has no idea what happened to the footage and that he's in no contact with the members of Black Sabbath. The interviewer also stated that he has seen the performance, so it is possible that it was once on YouTube, but was taken down.

On June 28, 2020, a Facebook post [5] was made by Emerald Sabbath on his Facebook page stating that he managed to get a copy of Junior's Eyes from the "Look! Hear!" performance, but no War Pigs. He also mentioned he's in contact with his copyright lawyer to get it released[6]. On January 8, 2021, Emerald Sabbath made another Facebook post [7] saying that the BBC would not release it due to legal reasons.

This is one of the most sought after piece of media in Black Sabbath history, and sadly the only existence of the performance is through some less-than-stellar audio on YouTube and four screenshots.

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Audio Of Junior's Eyes[edit | edit source]

Junior Eyes (with Dave Walker)


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