BLACK SABBATH: Die Young + Heaven and hell (Live) 7″ Check videos
“Die Young” is a single by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath from their 1980 album, Heaven and Hell.
The lyrics were written by Ronnie James Dio, and concern consumerism and the futility of life in the modern era- the song title comes from the expressed desire to ‘die young’. The song is notable for its middle section which features keyboard and soft high-register vocals.
It was performed live during almost all Dio era concerts and later on sometimes with Ian Gillan and Tony Martin on vocals. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi customarily plays a lengthy instrumental introductory passage to the song when performing live with heavy atmospheric keyboard backing, a practice dating back to the Tony Martin era Sabbath.
UK 7″ single (Vertigo #SAB 4)
A. Die Young
B. Heaven and Hell (live)
Released: December, 1980
Recorded: Studio Ferber, Paris, France
Genre: Heavy metal
Label: Vertigo/Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer: Martin Birch
Year Chart Position
1980 UK Singles Chart 41