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Tony Iommi
« on: August 17, 2016, 01:30:58 PM »
Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi[1] /aɪˈoʊmiː/[2] (born 19 February 1948) is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer.

While working in a factory as a teenager, left-handed Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand in an accident; an event which crucially affected his playing style. 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. 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.

Birth name   Anthony Frank Iommi
Born   19 February 1948 (age 68)
Handsworth, Birmingham, England
Genres   
Heavy metal doom metal hard rock blues rock
Occupation(s)   Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments   Guitar
Years active   1964–present

Associated acts   Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Jethro Tull, Mythology, Velvett Fogg

We Have Tony covered under Black Sabbath here are a few others:

Black Sabbath-Hand Of Doom     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bEobVhqaCk

Solitude      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdZrCoLLuWg&list=PLAb2lmNIYk_7ClTbIxzaLNvkAHCk5GLgu

Sweet Leaf      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boNNEoXdzIM&index=1&list=PLAb2lmNIYk_7ClTbIxzaLNvkAHCk5GLgu

Neon Nights      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1lJV0W83LQ&list=PLAb2lmNIYk_4PKQRKEvJuyLb2epBOIxBC

Heaven and Hell-I       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp1PLoWAUr8

Heaven and Hell-Die Young          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-gQAy-Bss0     

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Re: Tony Iommi
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2016, 03:34:08 PM »
Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi[1] /aɪˈoʊmiː/[2] (born 19 February 1948) is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer.

While working in a factory as a teenager, left-handed Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand in an accident; an event which crucially affected his playing style. 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. 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.

Birth name   Anthony Frank Iommi
Born   19 February 1948 (age 68)
Handsworth, Birmingham, England
Genres   
Heavy metal doom metal hard rock blues rock
Occupation(s)   Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments   Guitar
Years active   1964–present

Associated acts   Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Jethro Tull, Mythology, Velvett Fogg

We Have Tony covered under Black Sabbath here are a few others:

Black Sabbath-Hand Of Doom     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bEobVhqaCk

Solitude      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdZrCoLLuWg&list=PLAb2lmNIYk_7ClTbIxzaLNvkAHCk5GLgu

Sweet Leaf      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boNNEoXdzIM&index=1&list=PLAb2lmNIYk_7ClTbIxzaLNvkAHCk5GLgu

Neon Nights      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1lJV0W83LQ&list=PLAb2lmNIYk_4PKQRKEvJuyLb2epBOIxBC

Heaven and Hell-I       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp1PLoWAUr8

Heaven and Hell-Die Young          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-gQAy-Bss0   


What can I say? Hard rock's greatest riffs ever recorded are courtesy of Tony Iommi. To my thinking, nobody else comes close. Which is really saying something.

Having said that, my biggest criticism of him is when he carried the Sabbath name on his own in the mid-80s with a cast of hired hands. That was nothing less than disgraceful ( >:().

A poor decision indeed, and one that was universally panned by most of the Sabbath community. Rightly so, I might add.

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Re: Tony Iommi
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2016, 09:09:09 PM »
There were a few that knocked on the door (Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly, MC5, Cream, Zeppelin, some Hendrix and a few others in the late sixties) but as far as what came to be known as the definitive sludgy metal riff sound paving the way for what would grow out of that. Yeah he kicked the door in and took it to a whole other level. That rhythm section of Butlers bass lines and Wards swinging jazz influence drum style was a big part of that overall sound too.

I liked some of that Seventh Star material, but yeah it never should have been called Black Sabbath. But you see this time and time again, especially more prevalently now days, where you have bands out there featuring one, sometimes two, sometimes NO original members. I can't be against it. It is a case by case scenario. It's worked for some bands and it's been a struggle for others.

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2016, 11:53:09 PM »
There were a few that knocked on the door (Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly, MC5, Cream, Zeppelin, some Hendrix and a few others in the late sixties) but as far as what came to be known as the definitive sludgy metal riff sound paving the way for what would grow out of that.

Yeah he kicked the door in and took it to a whole other level. That rhythm section of Butlers bass lines and Wards swinging jazz influence drum style was a big part of that overall sound too.

I liked some of that Seventh Star material, but yeah it never should have been called Black Sabbath. But you see this time and time again, especially more prevalently now days, where you have bands out there featuring one, sometimes two, sometimes NO original members. I can't be against it. It is a case by case scenario. It's worked for some bands and it's been a struggle for others.


You're correct 'Eye9' that a few "knocked on the door" before Sabbath unquestionably. Frankly, I think its been overstated that Sabbath "invented heavy metal". Maybe it's because I don't care for that term personally, and never have truthfully. I'm more than happy calling Black Sabbath hard rock ( 8)).

However, they definitely created a blueprint that countless bands have followed to this very day. As for 'Seventh Star', yes, it's a DECENT album on its own merits. However, you're right that it should have NEVER been a Sabbath album ( :-[).

I just have a hard time calling one person "Black Sabbath", especially when he had musicians like Geezer and Bill, as you noted. Without them, Tony wouldn't have been able to express himself musically the way he did, in my opinion. Great comments by the way.

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TONY IOMMI REFLECTS ON THE END OF THE END FOR BLACK SABBATH   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYAkWxdnE3I

Black Sabbath - "Paranoid" from The End       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTHeY0-P4MY