Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath by Tony IommiBlack Sabbaths Master of Reality was the third album I ever bought. I think I was 11 years old. I had somehow developed a liking for rock music, maybe through my dads penchant for 60s surf-music, I dont know. I had heard about Black Sabbath and was intrigued when I saw the album, I think at a K-mart. I had the money, so I bought it.
Mom was not terribly pleased.
But she didnt do anything rash about it. I just knew that if I wanted to listen to it, I had to do so at a low volume on my little red and white candystriped record player. Not that the equipment *could* be played loudly. It couldnt. But I leaned into it and did my best to damage my hearing with that little record player.
Needless to say, I was blown away. Tony Iommi became a bit of a guitar idol, okay, more like my Guitar God, as a young man plunking away on an old $25 Sears and Roebuck electric P.O.S. I loved the power and simplicity of what Iommi played. There was no need for technical prowess - his guitar simply SEETHED.
Eventually, I became older, though I never grew up. I remained a Black Sabbath fan, especially after Ronnie James Dio, one of the all-time great singers of any genre, let alone heavy metal, joined the band. Ill admit that their music, Dio-era Black Sabbath, that is, pulled me through some hard times. Rather than driving me toward suicidal thoughts as an admittedly depressed teenager, they drove me away from such thoughts.
In 2000, Iommi released his first (official) solo album. It was good, not great. I didnt mind. All musicians have up and down albums. After all, they are writers, too. While touring in support of this album, he came up to Madison, not for a concert, but as a guest of the local hard rock station (which has gone downhill in the meantime, I must say), WJJO. There was a call-in-question period in the middle of the day. I took a long lunch break and spoke to one of my childhood idols.
The conversation was brief, but he was a very pleasant man to talk to. I thanked him for his music and let him know that he might have saved my life as a teen. I asked him about the rumor that I had heard that he had a stint with Jethro Tull, which he affirmed, noting that he had recently gone to Ian Andersons wedding. I then asked him if hed ever get back together with Ronnie James Dio,and his response was never say never. This made me very happy, and I was delighted when, quite a few years later, they did reunite as the band Heaven and Hell.
So when this biography came out, I added it to my TBR list. Im not much of one for biographies, honestly - my wife is the biography reader in the family - but I had to eventually pick this one up.
This isnt a beautiful, meaningful book by any means. But I enjoyed the heck out of it. Iommis writing style is much the same as I discovered in talking with him and in watching countless interviews with him - casual and candid.
Yes, there is a great deal of craziness in there. The accounts of him and the others spray-painting Bill Ward with gold paint (with Wards doped-up consent) and the other pranks that the band members played on each other were 2 parts hilarious, 1 part terrifying.
That old trifecta: Sex, drugs, and rock & roll? Yeah, its the real deal. And Iommi talks quite candidly, at least about the drugs and rock and roll. Thankfully, hes more guarded about the sex, which is fine - I dont want to know. But to say that his life was anything less than bawdy, raucous, and sometimes downright dangerous would be selling things short. The man and his friends were over-the-top nuts, let there be no doubt about it.
Still, I can sense, both from the book and from my brief conversation with him years ago, that he is, overall, a nice guy!
Besides, Iommi promises, on the last line of the book:
I will never set fire to Bill Ward again.
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They're also embarking on a world tour that comes to America in July. We asked our readers to vote for their favorite Black Sabbath songs last week. Click through to see the results. It's difficult to overstate the importance of this song to both Black Sabbath and heavy metal in general. The band was inspired to write the song when they saw a movie theater playing the Boris Karloff film Black Sabbath.
But we've done it…. During the recording of Master Of Reality , Tony Iommi took the decision to tune his guitar down three semi-tones in order to give Sabbath a weightier, heavier sound. That decision would eventually birth the entire stoner rock and grunge movements. That Soundgarden, Kyuss, Melvins and Monster Magnet would all later cover the track is a testament to its influence and enduring power. A joke it might have been, but it worked.
Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward - four names that resonate throughout Rock's recorded history as.
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Release Date: Tracklist. - Although Marvel had established that superhero in , Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler , who wrote the lyrics for the iconic song, had never even heard of him in For me it was all about the Beano and the Dandy.
A song collection of Black Sabbath 's biggest hits will be released in the U. According to multiple media sources , 'Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath' will include cuts from the metal band's first eight albums. Sanctuary is releasing the album, which as of now will be available only in the U. This is far from the first greatest hits album for Black Sabbath. As of this writing, the most popular collection is the album 'We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll,' with sold over two million copies in the U. The band is also working an album of new material, but if that project is pushed back beyond the summer tour dates Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have scheduled, this album will serve as a nice placeholder. It's still not clear if drummer Bill Ward will participate in the band's Lollapalooza show and the pair of overseas dates listed on their official website.