Mu­seum to cel­e­brate fa­thers of metal

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

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