Tony Iommi
British musician
Tony Iommi
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.
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16 Gift Ideas for Your Guitar Playing Bookworm
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I was in the bookstore recently and picked up this new book by Mitch Albom called The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. It's a book of fiction about the greatest guitar player who ever lived. That got me thinking: Who is the greatest guitar player that ever lived? What makes this person so great? Does it have to do with how good they can play, their accolades and accomplishments, or their personal history -- or is it a combination of all of the above? As someone who has interviewed a lot of guitar players, I also spend quite a bit of time reading about them. If you are thinking about buying the guitar player on your holiday wish list a book this year, you might consider one of these titles. (Please note: These are not all New Releases. . . .just some that I've either read or have researched . . . in no particular order.) 1.) Joe Perry: ROCKS by David Ritz 2.) Buddy Guy: When I Left Home by David Ritz 3.) Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight by John McDermott 4.) Joe S ...
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Black Sabbath guitarist ready for more Canadian dates
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says he "feels okay" during the "mop up" phase of treatment for his lymphoma, diagnosed in early 2012.
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Black Sabbath brings the heavy metal thunder - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years
Aquarian Weekly Black Sabbath brings the heavy metal thunder USA TODAY Fresh off a new album release, the reunited band is on tour and embellishing its hard rock legacy. sabbath20803. Portrait of the original members of Black Sabbath: Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi. The reunited Black Sabbath will be releasing ... Black Sabbath, mostly reunited and pounding awayWashington Post Ozzy Osbourne shocked that Black Sabbath hit No. 1New York Daily News Black Sabbath brings '13' tour to HolmdelMyCentralJersey.com Oakland Press -The Detroit News -Aquarian Weekly all 16 news articles »
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Music previews for the week of June 26-July 2. WEDNESDAY 6/26 ALELA DIANE, HOLCOMBE WALLER (The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th) See My, What a Busy Week!, and our read our article on Alela Diane. CHRIS PUREKA, EMY REYNOLDS BAND (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Like the other singer/songwriters to whom she's typically compared—Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Neil Young—Chris Pureka's art thrives in emotionally desolate environments. Who can say why one person's interpretation of heartbreak and loneliness speaks so clearly to you while another's leaves you cold, or worse, bored? Thankfully, Pureka, who's recently relocated to Portland, is never boring. Actually, her sound has gotten bigger and more adventurous over the years, though the theme of fractured relationships has remained. Pureka's new EP, Chimera II, is just out, the follow-up to the first Chimera, which came out four years ago. Her impressive finger-picking is timeless, and evocative, ...
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Black Sabbath makes its own luck with '13'
LATimes - over 3 years
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler return with the band's first album with Osbourne in 35 years. They've pressed ahead despite self-doubt and illness. For decades, the question from fans and journalists was constant and predictable: Would the heavy metal originators of Black Sabbath ever make another album?
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Black Sabbath to release new album, embark on world tour
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Iain Blair LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forty-three years ago Black Sabbath released its debut self-titled album, a collection of songs inspired by occult themes and powered by heavy-metal guitar riffs. Now, three of the original band members - singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler - and drummer Brad Wilk, of Rage Against the Machine, are releasing a new album, "13," and planning to tour the world to promote it. ...
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Black Sabbath guitarist pens Armenia's Eurovision song entry
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has written the music for Armenia's entry to the annual Eurovision Song Contest, bringing a heavy metal pioneer to an event described by the media as a "kitschfest" and "bad taste party".
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Black Sabbath 'Six Tracks in' to Recording New Album
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
Black Sabbath are in the middle of recording more than a dozen songs for a new album guitarist Tony Iommi told Blairing Out in an interview "We've written the 15 songs and we've played them all but now at the moment we're recording them" Iommi said He continued "We're about six tracks in now...
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Binky Philips: Binky's Revenge: My Own Damned Most Influential Guitarists List!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I have long had a love/hate relationship with The Top 10 (20, 50, 100) All Time Guitarist lists. As in, I love to see how much hatred and rage they can generate in my arrogant pedantic know-it-all bile-soaked soul. It is absolutely guaranteed that at some point, a guy who doesn't belong within a fer-piece of any list will be ranked far above a Giant, and I'll want to tear the heads off the dolts who had the temerity to write/publish such tripe. So, in that spirit, I've decided to have my head torn off. I've been writing for Huffington Post since June of 2010 and it only occurred to me last week, Hey, I have a forum! I can make my own damn list. Oh, boy! Oh, boy! [Check my archive... I have plenty of posts about plenty of the guitarists mentioned in this one.] You are about to embark on a journey (sorry, no Neil Schon) into the mind of a Total Dick when it comes to the subject of (guitars and) guitar players. It's simple, really... I know more than you. Nyaaaah Nyaaah ...
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Christopher Lee 90th Birthday: 90 Reasons The Horror Icon is Awesome
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
On May 27, British film icon Christopher Lee turns 90 years old. In his long and storied career, he's delivered countless fantastic performances in everything from medieval adventures to gothic scary stories. (You may know him as Saruman, Count Dooku, the Man with the Golden Gun or even Count Dracula.) And he has no plans to slow down, as indicated by recent roles in the Oscar-winning"Hugo" and this month's "Dark Shadows" -- not to mention an upcoming return to Middle Earth with this December's "Hobbit." Lee is not just an actor, but a decorated military man and bombastic heavy metal singer, with a crazy family lineage to boot. To celebrate the legend's 90th birthday, we present 90 reasons why Christopher Lee is awesome. 1. He's the step-cousin of "James Bond" creator Ian Fleming, and was the author's first choice to play Dr. No in the film adaptation. 2. He's in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Tallest Leading Actor. (He's 6'5") 3. He's the tallest m ...
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Black Sabbath To Unveil New ‘Greatest Hits’ Album ‘Iron Man’
Great New Movies - almost 5 years
Black Sabbath To Unveil New ‘Greatest Hits’ Album ‘Iron Man’ Black Sabbath have apparently unveiled the details of a repackaged best-of compilation. The band last season told- they were regrouping as the original line-up of Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Ward, and had begun work on their first album together since 1979. Now, The single-disc Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath is released on June 4 ahead of the band’s live summer tour dates. Marking an identical track listing to 2009′s ‘Greatest Hits’, 13 of the 14 songs on the release are drawn from the band’s first five albums Black Sabbath, Master of Reality, Black Sabbath Vol. 4, Paranoid and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, with the lasting, and most new – song being the title song from 1978′s Never Say Die! Here is the full song listing of ‘Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath’ is as follows: ·         ‘Paranoid’ ·         ‘Iron Man’ ·         ‘Changes’ ·         ‘Fairies Wear Boots’ ·         ...
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Black Sabbath - Tickets On Sale
Clash - almost 5 years
Tickets for Black Sabbath's hometown show went on sale this morning (May 4th). Confirming news of their reformation last year, Black Sabbath were immediately linked with several high profile performances. Yet the legendary Metal group are set to signal their return with something more intimate - in their hometown of Birmingham. Returning to the Midlands, the band have confirmed plans for a show at Birmingham's O2 Academy venue on May 19th. A relatively intimate return, Black Sabbath confirmed ticket plans earlier this week. Phone lines opened this morning (May 4th) with fans rushing to pick up their passes for what will no doubt be a historic show. Lining up as Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, the Metal pioneers will unveil their new live show before kicking off an international tour. Of course, it all began with an emotional press conference last year - watch some highlights below. - - - Black Sabbath are set to play the following show: May 1 ...
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BLACK SABBATH - BLACK SABBATH ANNOUNCE HOMECOMING GIG
Contact Music - almost 5 years
Black Sabbath will play a one-off UK homecoming gig in Birmingham next month. The 'Paranoid' rockers will perform at the O2 Academy in the city - home to singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward -...
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Lollapalooza and Coachella Battle For Festival Supremacy
Manolith - almost 5 years
Lollapalooza founder Perry Ferrell announced the headliners for this year’s version of the festival on Wednesday. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White (formerly of The White Stripes) and Black Sabbath are the names at the top of the bill, but there are plenty of other bands to get excited about in the full lineup. The three-day festival takes place from August 3-5 in Chicago. Black Sabbath is making Lollapalooza their only North American gig this year. At one point, the hard rock legends were rumored to be headlining the Coachella festival. However, they had to pull out of that event when member Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma. However, Iommi has now finished chemotherapy and the group wants to play at Lollapalooza. The full Lollapalooza lineup features 120 bands. There’s a nice mix of mainstream and underground, rock and hip hop. Bands are coming from all over the planet, from places like Malaysia, Australia and South America. Of course, there will also be ...
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Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Jack White
Rolling Stone - almost 5 years
Black Sabbath will headline this year's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago marking their only North American gig of 2012 The band was reportedly tapped to headline Coachella at one point but had to pull out when Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma  Even Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell was doubtful...
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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi: 'I've Had the Last Dose of Chemotherapy'
Rolling Stone - almost 5 years
Black Sabbath guitarist <a class="fplink fp-271785" href="/Tony+Iommi+1">Tony Iommi</a> – currently receiving treatment for lymphoma – posted a message on his website to update fans about his current condition "I've had the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon" he wrote "The steroids were the...
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Drummer Bill Ward Threatens to Quit Black Sabbath
Rolling Stone - about 5 years
The Black Sabbath reunion has hit another speed bump Last month Sabbath guitarist <a class="fplink fp-271785" href="/tony+iommi+1">Tony Iommi</a> announced that he was diagnosed with lymphoma forcing to band to move their recording sessions to London and reportedly pull out of a planned Coachella headlining slot Now drummer <a class="fplink fp-349096" href="/bill+ward+1">Bill Ward</a> has issued a long...
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Sick Tony Iommi recording with Black Sabbath
3 News - about 5 years
Rocker <a class="fplink fp-271785" href="/tony+iommi+1">Tony Iommi</a> is refusing to let his recent cancer diagnosis hamper the Black Sabbath reunion and he's written two new songs since falling ill.
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Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath diagnosed with cancer
Blast Magazine - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-271785" href="/tony+iommi+1">Tony Iommi</a>, guitarist in the legendary Black Sabbath, was diagnosed with cancer, made public as of Monday. According to a statement released on his website, he “has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma,” but “Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan–the “IRON MAN” of Rock &amp; Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.” Iommi’s bandmates have been supportive, asking everyone to “send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time”, and are joining Iommi in the UK. The band announced in November the plans for their summer world tour and the September release of their first album together since 1978′s “Never Say Die!” Iommi released a message on Friday expressing his gratitude for the support he has received, adding on a positive note “Well it’s not what I wanted for Christmas, that’s for sure, but now I can’t wait for the test results to come in ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Iommi
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 68
    Iommi had said in 2016 that he believes in God and is a Catholic, but he hasn't gone to church since childhood.
    More Details Hide Details Tony Iommi is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. In 2005, Metal Hammer magazine ranked him number 1 on the poll of the "Riff Lords", praising his "highly distinctive style of fretsmanship that's economical yet crushingly effective". In 2007, Classic Rock magazine ranked him number 6 on their list of the "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes". In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 25 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Joel McIver ranked him the 6th greatest metal guitarist of all time. In 2012, readers of Guitar World ranked Iommi the 7th-greatest rock guitarist of all time. Editors of the same magazine ranked him the greatest heavy metal guitarist of all time. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has said: "Tony managed to turn his physical impairment around into something that makes him one of the guitar legends – if not for his dexterity of playing but at least for the fact that his contribution to rock music is a unique one". Gene Simmons of Kiss regards him as "the man who came up with the riffs that launched an army of guitar players"; and Ronnie James Dio called him "the ultimate riff master".
    As of 11 August 2016 Tony Iommi announced that his cancer is in remission.
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    Iommi reflected in 2016 saying that his greatest regret is losing his fingertips.
    More Details Hide Details It became a burden. Some people say it helped me invent the kind of music I play, but I don’t know whether it did. It’s just something I’ve had to learn to live with. It affects your playing style; you can’t feel the strings, and there are certain chords I can’t play. Right at the beginning I was told by doctors: “You won’t be playing guitar.” But I believed I could do it, and I did.
  • 2014
    Age 66
    On 3 January 2014, in a New Year message, Iommi announced that he would be finishing his regular treatment sometime in that year.
    More Details Hide Details A few months later, Black Sabbath announced that due to Iommi's health issues, they were undertaking their final tour.
  • 2013
    Age 65
    Black Sabbath's 2013 tour dates were arranged so that Iommi was free to return to the UK once every six weeks to have an antibody administered.
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    On 19 November 2013, Iommi received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts degree from Coventry University.
    More Details Hide Details The honorary degree came "in recognition of his contribution to the world of popular music", and recognised "his role as one of the founding fathers of heavy metal music and his status as one of the industry's most influential figures", the university said. In early 2012, Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, for which he has undergone successful treatment as of January 2013.
    Iommi wrote the song "Lonely Planet" which was sung by Dorians for Armenia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was the band's last performance under the name.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 60
    In November 2008 Iommi had a star revealed on the Birmingham Walk of Stars.
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  • 2006
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Later it was announced that Ward had decided not to participate and Vinny Appice was hired as his replacement. Rhino Records released "The Dio Years" (under the 'Black Sabbath' moniker) album on 3 April 2007. The album showcased older tracks with Dio and also included three brand new songs recorded with Dio and Appice. The band started an American tour in April 2007 with Megadeth and Down as opening acts. The tour finished in November in England with the prospect of an album to follow in 2008. During this period the band's show at the New York Radio City Music Hall was released as both a live DVD and CD with a vinyl release in the UK in 2008. During the summer of 2008 the band embarked on the Metal Masters Tour along with Judas Priest, Motörhead and Testament. The band's first and only studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on 28 April 2009.
  • 2004
    Age 56
    In late 2004 Iommi's second solo album was released, entitled The 1996 DEP Sessions.
    More Details Hide Details This album was originally recorded in 1996 but was never officially released. However, a copy with a drum track by Dave Holland was available as a bootleg called Eighth Star. Glenn Hughes performed vocals on the album and he furthered his collaboration with Hughes with the release of his third solo album, Fused. Released on 12 July 2005, John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff completed the trio on the album. Iommi has signed with Mike Fleiss's movie production company Next Films to score a series of horror films entitled Black Sabbath. Since 1989 Tony Iommi was involved in the Rock Aid Armenia project. In October 2009 Iommi and his colleague Ian Gillan were awarded the Orders of Honor – Armenia's highest order, which were delivered to them by the Prime Minister of Armenia for their help after the Spitak earthquake. They formed the supergroup WhoCares and recorded a single called "Out of my Mind", which was released 6 May 2011 for the benefit of the music school to be built in Gyumri, Armenia. In January 2012, when Iommi was announced to have early-stage lymphoma, the Armenian Prime Minister sent a letter of support: "We know your spirit is strong as ever, and we do believe the genius of your inspiration that guides you through the work on the new Black Sabbath album will transform into a boost of strength and energy that you need now, when things look tough".
  • 2000
    Age 52
    In 2000, Iommi released his first proper solo album, titled Iommi.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured several guest vocalists including Ian Astbury, Skin, Henry Rollins, Serj Tankian, Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, Phil Anselmo, Peter Steele and Ozzy Osbourne.
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ward was replaced by Mike Bordin and then Vinny Appice. On 11 November 2011, the original band members announced that they were reuniting and recording a new album, although Bill Ward did not participate and Vinny Appice took his place at drums for the sessions. The new album, 13, was released in June 2013.
  • 1993
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At Ozzy's "farewell" concert at Costa Mesa in 1992, Dio refused to perform and abruptly left the band. As a result, Rob Halford was recruited to perform as the vocalist for two gigs (Halford also sang at one of the dates on the 2004 Ozzfest tour, when Ozzy couldn't perform due to bronchitis). Following Osbourne's solo set, the show concluded with Ozzy bringing out the other members of the original Black Sabbath line-up for a 4-song reunion. Black Sabbath went on to record two further albums with Tony Martin before the original line-up reunited as a touring band in 1997.
  • 1992
    Age 44
    In 1992, Iommi appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, playing four songs with the remaining members of Queen and other guest artists.
    More Details Hide Details Geezer Butler also returned to Sabbath that year.
  • 1989
    Age 41
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details With Dio, Black Sabbath produced Heaven and Hell, an album that attempted to update Black Sabbath's sound for the 1980s and include the soaring vocals that characterised the NWOBHM (New wave of British heavy metal) scene. Halfway through the 1980 tour, Bill Ward dropped out due to alcohol problems and displeasure with the direction that Dio was taking the band. He was replaced by Vinny Appice. With Iommi and Geezer Butler the only original members, this line-up produced Mob Rules. Dio quit the following year to begin a solo career, so Sabbath went through a revolving door lineup for the next decade with a succession of frontmen - Ian Gillan (formerly of Deep Purple), Glenn Hughes, Tony Martin and Ray Gillen. After Ian Gillan departed the band in 1984, Geezer Butler left as well. With Sabbath in effective hiatus, Iommi recorded his first solo album, entitled Seventh Star. The album featured Glenn Hughes (also formerly of Deep Purple) on vocals, but due to label pressures, it was billed as a release by "Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler did the same to match Iommi. Sabbath were among the first bands to detune, and the technique became a mainstay of heavy metal music. Iommi combined blues-like guitar solos and dark, minor-key riffing with a revolutionary high-gain, heavily distorted tone with his use of a modified treble-boosting effect-pedal and a Gibson SG. By the late 1970s, Black Sabbath were suffering from substance abuse, managerial problems, and touring exhaustion. In addition, the band's slow, blues-driven riffs were outmoded against the rising generation of metal bands such as Judas Priest and Motörhead.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 20
    They carried on under this name until December 1968 when Iommi briefly departed to join Jethro Tull.
    More Details Hide Details However, after only one performance (an appearance on "The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus" in which the band mimed "A Song for Jeffrey", which Ian Anderson sang live), Iommi was back with Earth once more. Concerning his brief working relationship with Jethro Tull vocalist Ian Anderson, Iommi said: I learned quite a lot from him, I must say. I learned that you have got to work at it. You have to rehearse. When I came back and I got the band (Earth) back together, I made sure that everybody was up early in the morning and rehearsing. I used to go and pick them up. I was the only one at the time that could drive. I used to have to drive the bloody van and get them up at quarter to nine every morning; which was, believe me, early for us then. I said to them, "This is how we have got to do it because this is how Jethro Tull did it." They had a schedule and they knew that they were going to work from this time till that time. I tried that with our band and we got into doing it. It worked. Instead of just strolling in at any hour, it made it more like we were saying, "Let’s do it!"
    Iommi, Butler, Ward and Osbourne renamed the band Earth in September 1968.
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    Mythology subsequently split up after a gig in Silloth on 13 July 1968. In August 1968 at the same time as the break-up of Mythology, another Birmingham band called Rare Breed also broke up.
    More Details Hide Details Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne joined with Iommi and Ward after the duo responded to an advert in a local music shop proclaiming "Ozzy Zig Needs Gig – has own PA". Requiring a bassist, Osbourne mentioned his former Rare Breed bandmate Geezer Butler, who was subsequently hired along with slide guitarist Jimmy Phillips and saxophonist Alan "Aker" Clarke. The six-piece band were named the Polka Tulk Blues Band. After just two gigs (the last of which was at the Banklands Youth Club in Workington), Phillips and Clarke were dismissed from the band, which soon after shortened its name to Polka Tulk.
    From January 1968 until July 1968 Iommi was guitarist in Mythology, with Ward joining a month later in mid-February.
    More Details Hide Details In May 1968 police raided the group's practice flat and found cannabis resin, which resulted in fines for the band members. Most significantly, the incident made it quite difficult for the band to secure future bookings as most club owners avoided bands they viewed as drug users.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, he released his first solo album Iommi, followed by 2005's Fused, which featured his former bandmate Glenn Hughes. After releasing Fused, he joined Heaven & Hell, which disbanded after Ronnie James Dio's death in 2010. Iommi is widely considered one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time. A prolific riff writer, he was ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". In 2011, he published his autobiography, entitled Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. Anthony Frank Iommi was born in Birmingham, the only child of Anthony Frank and Sylvia Maria Iommi (née Velenti). His mother's family were vineyard owners in Italy. The family were Catholic but rarely attended mass. The family home in the Park Lane area of Aston also housed a shop which was a popular meeting place in the neighbourhood. The family living room doubled as the shop's stockroom. His mother ran the shop while his father was a carpenter by trade.
  • 1966
    Age 18
    From 1966 to 1967 Iommi played in a band named The Rest.
    More Details Hide Details It was in The Rest that Iommi first met future-Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who performed drums and vocals in the band.
  • 1964
    Age 16
    Iommi had played in several blues/rock bands, the earliest of which was the Rockin' Chevrolets from 1964 to 1965.
    More Details Hide Details The band had regular bookings and when they were offered work in Germany, Iommi decided to leave his factory job to take up the opportunity.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1948.
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