Sir Christopher Lee said: ‘You’re the king of heavy metal’ and I said: ‘Well, you started it off’
Tony Iommi on inventing heavy metal, surviving Black Sabbath bacchanalia and staying positive
THE man who invented heavy metal is on the line. The man who, alongside bass player Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, thundered out of
Birmingham in 1968 strafing the sky with round after round of gnarled riffs, siring hundreds upon hundreds of groups and changing the face of music for ever.
The man who survived the bacchanalian excess of the 1970s and 80s when many of his friends did not. The man who ranks only slightly below Satan in the estimation of millions of metal disciples around the world.
“I just potter around,” says Tony Iommi when asked about his daily routine, his Black Country accent perfectly intact. Despite decades of globetrotting he still lives in the West Midlands with his fourth wife, Maria Sjoholm.
The guitarist and chief songwriter in Black Sabbath is now 70 years old and