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Tony Iommi

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Dark Sabbath’s Tony Iommi is among just two guitarists (another getting Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Web page) that may take complete credit for pioneering the mammoth riffs of rock. Born on Feb 19, 1948, in Birmingham, Britain, Iommi found your guitar after becoming inspired by famous brands Hank Marvin & the Shadows as an adolescent. By 1967, Iommi experienced played with many blues-based rock rings, and formed an organization (Globe) with three aged acquaintances from his college days — bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler, drummer Expenses Ward, and signer John “Ozzy” Osbourne. But Iommi’s musical profession was almost derailed prematurely when he experienced a horrible incident in a sheet steel factory, whenever a machine chopped up from the tips from the fingertips on his correct hand. Despondent and figuring that his electric guitar playing days had been behind him, a pal changed him onto gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt (who dropped usage of two fingertips within a Gypsy caravan campfire incident), motivating Iommi to provide the six-string another move, with soft plastic material tips mounted on the ends of his fingertips. Quickly thereafter, Iommi received a luring offer to become listed on Jethro Tull’s music group in 1968, which he reluctantly recognized. After only an individual functionality with Tull (playing the monitor “Tune for Jeffrey” in the Rolling Rocks’ never-aired Television special “Rock and roll & Move Circus”), Iommi divide from Tull to come back back again to his pals in Globe. With another music group already experimenting Britain by the name of Globe, Iommi & co. had been forced to improve their name, acquiring “Dark Sabbath” in the classic horror film. Using the name change came a big change in musical path — the music group would explore dark lyrical topics, as the music will be repetitive, plodding, and H-E-A-V-Y. Along the way, Sabbath made the blueprint for rock with such extremely influential, all-time traditional produces as their 1969 self-titled debut, 1971’s Paranoid and Get good at of Truth, 1972’s Vol. 4, and 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, getting among the world’s best hard rock rings along the way. Iommi’s electric guitar playing propelled such steel criteria as “Dark Sabbath,” “N.We.B.,” “Paranoid,” “Iron Man,” “Battle Pigs,” “In to the Void,” and “Kids from the Grave,” which boast a few of the most recognizable electric guitar riffs in rock and roll history. But from the middle- to past due ’70s, continuous touring and substance abuse started to fracture the music group, resulting in many uninspired albums and Osbourne’s leave by 1979, which resulted in a revolving door of performers coming and exceeding the years (with occasionally Iommi becoming the only initial member staying). After keeping the Sabbath name alive with many inspired non-Osbourne produces (1980’s Heaven & Hell, 1981’s The Mob Guidelines), and lots of missteps, the initial Sabbath lineup reunited for a number of highly successful trips in the past due ’90s, making fresh Sabbath fans from a complete legion of individuals too young to get caught the music group within their ’70s heyday. And even though several Sabbath albums from your ’80s and ’90s might have probably been regarded as Tony Iommi solo albums (1986’s Seventh Celebrity was tagged a Sabbath recording in the last instant by Warner Bros.), he released his first accurate solo release by means of 2000’s Iommi. The ten-track disk featured a lot of rock’s best names financing their vocal skills (Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, Phil Anselmo, and also Osbourne, amongst others), getting favorable evaluations upon launch. While Sabbath’s 1999 globe tour was said to be their swan track, the group announced towards the delight of the fans that they might become headlining the 2001 release of Ozzfest.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tony Iommi
Height 1.83 m
Profession Guitarist, Songwriter
Nationality English
Spouse Maria Sjoholm
Children Toni-Marie Iommi
Parents Sylvia Maria Iommi, Anthony Frank
Music Groups Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Heaven & Hell, WhoCares, Velvett Fogg, Mythology
Music Songs Paranoid, Iron Man, War Pigs, Children of the Grave, Fairies Wear Boots, Snowblind, The Wizard, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, God Is Dead?, Sweet Leaf, N.I.B., End of the Beginning, Planet Caravan, Electric Funeral, Supernaut, Heaven and Hell, Neon Knights, Sabbra Cadabbra, Dirty Women, Into the Void, Symptom of the Universe, Changes, Loner, A National Acrobat, The Mob Rules, Never Say Die, Children of the Sea, Hand of Doom, Hole in the Sky, Am I Going Insane, Killing Yourself to Live, Die Young
Albums Seventh Star, Headless Cross, Live Evil, Fused, Eighth star, Iommi, Master of Reality, Paranoid, 13, Heaven and Hell, Vol. 4 (2009 Remastered Version), Born Again, Never Say Die!, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer, Live at Last, Technical Ecstasy, The Eternal Idol, The Devil You Know, Sabotage, Cross Purposes, This Was, Live... Gathered in Their Masses, The 1996 DEP Sessions, The End, Black Sabbath: The Dio Years, Greatest Hits, The Best of Black Sabbath, The Ultimate Collection, We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll, Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978), Who Cares
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Song
Movies The Last Supper, Highway Star – A Journey in Rock, Hard Rock Treasures, We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll, Black Sabbath: Total Rock Review, Black Sabbath: Up Close and Personal, Tony Iommi: Inside Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell: Neon Nights: Live at Wacken, Guitar Legends, Black Sabbath: Masters from the Vaults: Cross Purposes


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#Fact
1 The son of Italian immigrants.
2 Is close friends with Queen guitarist Brian May.
3 Is good friends with KISS bass player Gene Simmons.
4 The Black Sabbath album Seventh Star was actually a Tony Iommi solo album, but the record company put pressure on him to use the Black Sabbath name instead of his own (obviously to sell more copies.).
5 The only member of Black Sabbath to appear on every one of the band's albums.
6 His birthday (February 19) is also the anniversary of the death of AC/DC singer Bon Scott.
7 Was engaged to Lita Ford in the mid 1980s. During that time, he recruited Eric Singer and Gordon Copley from Lita's band to play on what would become Black Sabbath's "Seventh Star" album.
8 Was briefly a member of Jethro Tull. He appears with them during their appearance on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996).
9 Often tunes his guitar down to a D (from the traditional E piano tuning) or C# to get a darker sound and more depth.
10 He is the only original member of Black Sabbath to have stayed in the band throughout its numerous lineup changes.
11 Accidentally cut the tips off his middle and ring fingers on his right hand (his fingering hand, he plays guitar left-handed) in a work-related accident in 1966. Has played guitar using plastic tips on these fingers ever since.
12 In grade school in Birmingham, England, used to bully the man who would later become his bandmate, Ozzy Osbourne.
13 Guitarist for Black Sabbath.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lords of Dogtown 2005 writer: "Iron Man"
Imaginary Heroes 2004 writer: "It's Alright"
Slugs 2004 writer: "Paranoid" - as Frank Iommi
The Simpsons 1991-2003 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
School of Rock 2003 "Iron Man"
Mike Graham Presents: The Best of Classic Championship Wrestling Vol. 1 2003 Video writer: "Iron Man"
Ozzy Osbourne: Live at Budokan 2002 Video documentary writer: "Paranoid"
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002 TV Movie documentary performer: "Paranoid" / writer: "Paranoid"
Ultimate X: The Movie 2002 Documentary short writer: "Paranoid"
Grounded for Life 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001 Documentary writer: "Into the Void", "Paranoid"
Solitude 2000 writer: "Solitude" - as Iommi
Wings of the Crow 2000 writer: "Children Of The Grave"
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 performer: "Goodbye Lament" / writer: "Goodbye Lament"
Gilmore Girls 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Attraction 2000 performer: "Neat" / writer: "Neat"
Almost Famous 2000 writer: "Paranoid", "Sweet Leaf" - as Frank Iommi
Futurama 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Black Sabbath: The Best of MusikLaden Live 1999 Video short writer: "Black Sabbath", "Paranoid", "Iron Man"
Any Given Sunday 1999 writer: "PARANOID" - as Anthony Iommi
Detroit Rock City 1999 writer: "Iron Man" - as Frank Iommi
Black Sabbath: The Last Supper 1999 Video documentary writer: "War Pigs", "N.I.B.", "Electric Funeral", "Fairies Wear Boots", "Into the Void", "Sweet Leaf", "Snowblind", "After Forever", "Dirty Women", "Black Sabbath", "Iron Man", "Children of the Grave", "Paranoid"
That '70s Show 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heart By-Pass 1998 TV Movie documentary writer: "Iron Man"
Private Parts 1997 writer: "Paranoid"
The Jerky Boys 1995 writer: "Symptom of the Universe" - as Frank Iommi
The Stöned Age 1994 writer: "Paranoid" - as Anthony Iommi
Dazed and Confused 1993 writer: "Paranoid" - as Anthony Iommi
Rock N' Roll Racing 1993 Video Game music: "Paranoid" - uncredited
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Wayne's World 1992 "TIME MACHINE"
Zombie and the Ghost Train 1991 as Lommi, "SOLITUDE"
Sid and Nancy 1986 writer: "Paranoid" - as Iommi
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary writer: "Paranoid", "Iron Man"
Heavy Metal 1981 writer: "The Mob Rules"
Top of the Pops TV Series writer - 1 episode, 1978 music - 1 episode, 1978
Countdown 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rage 2006-2014 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
300: Rise of an Empire 2014 writer: "War Pigs"
This Is the End 2013 writer: "War Pigs", "The End of the Beginning"
The Hangover Part III 2013 writer: "N.I.B."
Elementary 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jim Norton: Please Be Offended 2012 TV Movie writer: "Hole in the Sky"
Dark Shadows 2012 writer: "Paranoid"
Metal Evolution 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
On Track with SEAT 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fresh Meat 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heaven & Hell - Neon Nights, Live in Europe 2010 Video writer: "E5150", "The Mob Rules", "Children of the Sea", "I", "Bible Black", "Time Machine", "Fear", "Falling off the Edge of the World", "Follow the Tears", "Die Young", "Heaven and Hell", "Country Girl", "Neon Knights" - uncredited
It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 writer: "It's Alright"
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bones 2010 writer: "Sweet Leaf" - as Anthony Iommi
Californication 2007-2009 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
WWF Raw 2009 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Brütal Legend 2009 Video Game writer: "Children of the Grave", "Never Say Die", "Symptom of the Universe"
Gentlemen Broncos 2009 writer: "Paranoid"
The Art of the Steal 2009 Documentary writer: "Iron Man"
Madden NFL 2010 2009 Video Game writer: "Paranoid"
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs 2008 TV Movie writer: "Heaven and Hell"
Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Video Game writer: "Heaven and Hell"
Iron Man 2008 writer: "Iron Man"
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 2007 Video Game writer: "Paranoid"
Heaven and Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall 2007 Video writer: "E5150", "After All The Dead", "The Mob Rules", "Children of the Sea", "Lady Evil", "I", "The Sign of the Southern Cross", "Voodoo", "The Devil Cried", "Computer God", "Falling Off the Edge of the World", "Shadow of the Wind", "Die Young", "Heaven and Hell", "Lonely is the Word", "Neon Knights"
Music Within 2007 writer: "N.I.B"
Rock Band 2007 Video Game music: "Paranoid" / writer: "Paranoid"
We Are Marshall 2006 writer: "Paranoid"
Guitar Hero II 2006 Video Game lyrics: "WAR PIGS" - as Frank Iommi / music: "WAR PIGS" - as Frank Iommi
Guitar Hero 2005 Video Game writer: "Iron Man"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tony Iommi: The Guitar That Drives Black Sabbath 1992 Video documentary
Black Sabbath: Never Say Die 1984

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Series

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nation's Favourite Queen Song 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Joy of the Guitar Riff 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014 TV Series Himself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Black Sabbath: Live... Gathered in Their Masses 2013 Video Himself
Black Sabbath: 13 2013 Documentary short Himself
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2013 TV Series Himself
How the Brits Rocked America 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
That Metal Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Host
The One Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Heaven & Hell - Neon Nights, Live in Europe 2010 Video Himself
Classic Albums: Black Sabbath - Paranoid 2010 Documentary Himself
Heavy Metal Britannia 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Story of the Guitar 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Heaven and Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall 2007 Video Himself
Highway Star: A Journey in Rock 2007 Documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Rock School 2006 TV Series Himself
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey 2005 Documentary Himself
Hard Rock Treasures 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Jubilee Girl 2002 TV Movie Himself
Party at the Palace: The Queen's Concerts, Buckingham Palace 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
FanClub 2001 TV Series Himself (Black Sabbath)
We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll 2001 Documentary Himself
Black Sabbath: The Best of MusikLaden Live 1999 Video short Himself (Guitar) (as Black Sabbath)
Black Sabbath: The Last Supper 1999 Video documentary Himself (Guitar)
Rock Family Trees 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Wired for Sound: A Guitar Odyssey 1997 Documentary Himself
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus 1996 Documentary Himself - Jethro Tull
Ozzy Osbourne: Live & Loud 1993 Video Himself (Black Sabbath guitarist)
The Black Sabbath Story Vol. 2 1992 Video documentary short Himself
Tony Iommi: The Guitar That Drives Black Sabbath 1992 Video documentary Himself (Black Sabbath guitarist)
Black Sabbath: The Black Sabbath Story, Volume 1 1992 Video Himself (Guitar) (as Black Sabbath)
The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ozzy Osbourne: Don't Blame Me 1991 Video documentary Himself
Guitar 1991 Video documentary Tony Iomi
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 2 1989 Video Himself
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself (as Black Sabbath)
Black Sabbath: Never Say Die 1984 Himself / Guitarist (as Black Sabbath)
Black and Blue 1981 Documentary Himself (Black Sabbath)
Top of the Pops 1970-1978 TV Series Himself - Member: Black Sabbath / Himself
Beat-Club 1970 TV Series

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nothing Is Easy: Jethro Tull Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 2005 Documentary Himself (guitar)
The Greatest 2004 TV Series documentary Himself

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#Quote
1 I was with Jethro Tull for two weeks. So what?
2 [on how he created the heavy music for Black Sabbath] "Well, to be honest, we just became so fed up with people talking while we were playing that we said, 'Screw it, let's turn it up, so they won't be able to chatter.' The band just kept getting louder and louder."

#Trademark
1 Long Guitar Solos
2 Jet Black Hair
3 Black clothes
4 Sunglasses
5 Raw droning guitar riffs
6 Signature Gibson SG Lefty guitar
7 Black leather jacket, large silver cross necklace, black mustache, left-handed Gibson guitar

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