Tony Iommi

Born Feb 19, 1948

Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known as the founding member of pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, its main composer and sole continual member through multiple personnel changes. Iommi is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential guitarists in heavy metal music.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Iommi.


1948 Birth Born on February 19, 1948.


1964 16 Years Old Iommi had played in several blues/rock bands, the earliest of which was the Rockin' Chevrolets from 1964 to 1965. … Read More
1966 18 Years Old From 1966 to 1967 Iommi played in a band named The Rest. … Read More


…  Iommi briefly left Black Sabbath's forerunner, 'Earth', in 1968 to join Jethro Tull, after which he returned to Black Sabbath in 1969, recording their self-titled debut album. … Read More
1970 22 Years Old …  His factory accident affected the Black Sabbath sound; by 1970 Iommi had detuned his guitar from E to E♭ (a minor second down), and from 1971's Master of Reality album, had detuned it further to D♭ (a minor third down), to ease the tension on his fingers. … Read More


1979 31 Years Old After the albums Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die! were critically panned, Iommi and Butler decided that Sabbath needed a fresh start, so in the summer of 1979, they fired Osbourne and replaced him with Ronnie James Dio, the former vocalist for Rainbow. … Read More


1989 41 Years Old …  Ford said in a 1989 Kerrang! interview that "there's a certain amount of bad blood between Tony and I" due to her breaking off the engagement.
1992 44 Years Old In 1992, Iommi appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, playing four songs with the remaining members of Queen and other guest artists. … Read More
1993 45 Years Old In the following year Iommi teamed up with fellow Black Country band Diamond Head and co-wrote the song "Starcrossed (Lovers in the Night)" for their 1993 Death and Progress album. … Read More
1997 49 Years Old While Bill Ward played at the two initial reunion shows at Birmingham NEC in December 1997, he was not present for the following two reunion tours, his second absence due to a heart attack. … Read More


2000 52 Years Old In 2000, Iommi released his first proper solo album, titled Iommi. … Read More
2004 56 Years Old In late 2004 Iommi's second solo album was released, entitled The 1996 DEP Sessions. … Read More
2006 58 Years Old In October 2006 it was reported that Iommi would tour with Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward again, but under the name Heaven & Hell. … Read More


2008 60 Years Old In November 2008 Iommi had a star revealed on the Birmingham Walk of Stars.
2010 62 Years Old Dio died of stomach cancer in May 2010, and on 14 June 2010, Iommi announced that Heaven & Hell would perform a one-off tribute to Ronnie James Dio at the High Voltage Festival, London on 24 July 2010. … Read More
Iommi wrote the song "Lonely Planet" which was sung by Dorians for Armenia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
2014 66 Years Old On 3 January 2014, in a New Year message, Iommi announced that he would be finishing his regular treatment sometime in that year. … Read More
Iommi reflected in 2016 saying that his greatest regret is losing his fingertips. … Read More
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