Museum to celebrate fathers of metal
AN exhibition showcasing Birmingham’s most famous musical sons is coming to the city centre later this year, to celebrate a significant milestone in heavy metal history.
Black Sabbath – 50 Years will open to the public on June 22 at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition, presented by Home of Metal, will contain historical photos, ephemera and memorabilia contributed by band members as well as loyal fans.
Formed in Aston in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, Black Sabbath are often cited as the pioneers and godfathers of heavy metal.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne said: “It’s an honour to be a part of the Home of Metal. I am just a guy from Birmingham who’s been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career.
“Like I’ve always said, I am nothing without them.”
Guitarist Tony Iommi said: “Fans are our lifeblood, they’ve been there to support us.”
Black Sabbath made an historic return to Birmingham in 2017, playing their two ‘last-ever’ concerts at the Genting Arena on their The End tour. Iommi recently said he “wasn’t optimistic” about the band getting back together again, but would like to do a one-off performance at some point.
The ticketed exhibition will run between June 22 and September 29 this year. always