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Geoff Nicholls is a musician and keyboardist, who is best known as the longtime sideman for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Nicholls also played in the NWOBHM band Quartz before joining Black Sabbath. He was born in Birmingham, England. A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... It has been suggested that Polka Tulk be merged into this article or section. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) emerged in the late 70s, in part a reaction to the contemporary decline of traditional heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, all three of which had been submerged by a mixture of personal problems, tiredness and... Quartz are a British heavy metal band. ...


Nicholls was originally considered to replace original bassist Geezer Butler in 1980, but he became the band's unofficial keyboardist after Butler decided not to leave the band. Nicholls' first appearance on a Black Sabbath album was on 1980's Heaven And Hell, and he has been credited as keyboardist on every Sabbath release since that time, although he was not an official member until 1986. He remained an official member until 1991, then regained member status from 1993 to 1996. He was an unofficial member once again since the reunion with Ozzy Osbourne in 1997. Although his main role with Sabbath has been on the keyboard Nicholls also played some rhythm guitar on the reunion tours, eg during Iommi's solo in Snowblind and a few tracks during the Headless Cross and Forbidden tours. Terence Michael Joseph Geezer Butler (born 17 July 1949 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the founding bassist for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Heaven and Hell is an album by Black Sabbath, released in May 1980. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Snowblind is a track off of Black Sabbath, Vol. ... Headless Cross is the fourteenth album by heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). ... Forbidden can refer to a number of things: It is an English word referring to something that is off-limits. ...


In addition to not always being credited as a full member of the band, Nicholls has rarely appeared on stage proper during Sabbath shows, instead usually playing from a side-stage or backstage position. One exception to this was the tour in support of the 1986 album Seventh Star, where he played on stage as an equal member of the band. Another is a concert in May 1988, where Nicholls played bass for a charity function. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by the rock band Black Sabbath. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Geoff Nicholls has also had an (uncredited) hand in writing many Black Sabbath songs since his involvement in the band, including a large portion of the Seventh Star and Tyr albums, and the famous bassline for the song Heaven And Hell. He is credited with extending Sabbath's longstanding use of the temperamental Mellotron alive into the 1980s. Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by the rock band Black Sabbath. ... Tyr is the fifteenth studio album by heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1990 by I.R.S. Records. ... Heaven and Hell was the title track to Black Sabbaths 9th studio album, Heaven and Hell . ... Mellotron MK II The Mellotron is an electromechanical polyphonic keyboard musical instrument originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. ...


This long association with the band coupled with relative anonymity outside the band's followers has earned Nicholls a certain cult status with some fans, not least as he has always taken time to chat.


Nicholls' involvement with the band is currently on hiatus at best, as Adam Wakeman (a member of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band) was chosen to play keyboards during Sabbath's 2004 and 2005 tours as part of Ozzfest and Scott Warren (Dio) will be handling keyboard duties on the forthcoming Heaven and Hell trek (like Nichols most of the time, Warren does not appear onstage). This latter features Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. It was actually Nicholls who was the keyboard player on the previous two occasions this line-up has toured, in 1980-82 and 1992. Adam Wakeman (born March 11, 1974 in Windsor, Berkshire, England) is the current keyboardist for the legendary rock band Black Sabbath and full time member of Ozzy Osbourne band. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Dio is a heavy metal band led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who formed it in October 1982 after leaving Black Sabbath. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Tony Iommi (born Frank Anthony Iommi, February 19, 1948, in Aston, Birmingham, England) is a guitarist who is best known as a member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. ... Terence Michael Joseph Geezer Butler (born 17 July 1949 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the founding bassist for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Vinny Appice is the drummer of the hard rock band DIO on Holy Diver, The Last in line and Sacred heart. ...


Nicholls is currently playing keyboards with former Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin. It has been suggested that Polka Tulk be merged into this article or section. ... Tony Martin (born April 19, 1957) was the seventh and final vocalist for the legendary rock band Black Sabbath before the eventual reunion of their original lineup. ...


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Geoff Nicholls - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (382 words)
Geoff Nicholls is a musician and keyboardist, who is best known as the longtime sideman for the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
Nicholls was originally considered to replace original bassist Geezer Butler in 1980, but he became the band's unofficial keyboardist after Butler decided not to leave the band.
Nicholls' involvement with the band is currently on hiatus, as Adam Wakeman (a member of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band) was chosen to play keyboards during Sabbath's 2004 and 2005 tours as part of Ozzfest.
Into The Void: Black Sabbath Bio (5555 words)
During that time, Geoff Nicholls (ex-Quartz) was brought in to play bass, but when Geezer returned, Geoff moved over to keyboards, and has been there ever since.
This show is notable for two reasons, one being the appearance of Geoff Nicholls on bass, and the other being the only time a track from Seventh Star (Heart Like a Wheel) is played in full other than on the Seventh Star tour itself.
Finally, after 14 years in the band, Geoff Nicholls is recognized as an official member of the band, but he's still pushed offstage on tours.
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