Tony Iommi Comments on Black Sabbath’s Birmingham Show

This past Saturday, May 19, Black Sabbath made their triumphant return at a hometown show in Birmingham, England. The show would also serve as a warmup gig for their upcoming headlining slot at Download festival.

Iommi, who has been undergoing treatment for lymphoma, was admittedly nervous before the show, writing afterwards:

“I was extremely nervous beforehand about playing a long set, not knowing whether I’d be able to last. It turned out to be no problem whatsoever because Ozzy, Geezer and Tommy were nailing everything; no chance to feel tired! I’m really pleased with how it turned out, fantastic crowd and I want to say thank you to all of them for giving me such an amazing reception. On our way again at last! Finally, a special thanks to Tommy; we invited him to play and he was brilliant.”

The Tommy in question is Tommy Clufetos, the drummer in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band. Tommy served a last-minute replacement when original drummer Bill Ward could not come to contract terms with the remainder of the band.

Black Sabbath’s only North American tour date scheduled for this year is Lollapalooza, which takes place August 6-8 in Chicago.


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  • “I’m On Fire” !

    So glad Toni Iommi is doing great!   Equally as sad that the guys couldn’t come to terms with Bill Ward.  Of all the remaining Classic Rock Bands with original members, this is the one we needed to see the most.  The Birmingham show was brilliant, as was drumming by Tommy Cleufetos, but Sabbath without Bill is like The Who without Keith Moon.  It’s good, but not what you wanted it to be.  Bill’s drumming was as integral to the group and Tony’s guitar, Geezer’s bass, and Ozzy’s vocals.