Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath
Iron Man chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed “The Beatles of heavy metal” by Rolling Stone. Iron Man reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi’s humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.
Everything associated with hard rock happened to Black Sabbath first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.
songs of what was to become Fused. The first day we got together we met Mike Exeter there, who is the engineer in my own studio at home. Mike said: ‘Do you want a cup of coffee, Glenn?’ ‘Yes, please.’ It was fatal to give Glenn a cup of coffee, because as soon as he had it, he went into overdrive. Bang! It was just like he’d had three lines of coke again. He drove us up the wall getting all excited like that. ‘Well, Tone, is it all right, Tone, let’s go, Tone!’ He couldn’t sit still for five
. and the finest vocal performance of my entire career! ‘Into The Void’ is one of my favourite songs from that line-up; ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ is my other one. The structure of those songs is really good, because they have lots of different colours, there’s lots of different stuff happening in them. ‘Into The Void’ has this initial riff that changes tempos in the song. I like that. I like something with interesting parts in it. For Ozzy getting Geezer’s lyrics right wouldn’t always be easy.
really went down well. We left it to the last minute, thinking he might turn up. He had disappeared in the past and then just ended up in somebody’s house, out of it, but never on a gig day. So we were half worried to death, and half pissed off, thinking, we have a hall full of people, they are never going to believe us if we go on and say: ‘We can’t find Ozzy.’ We then really started to panic. Even though Van Halen played, the audience was going mad and we had to get out of there quick. We got
Weenie Roast Chapter 80 - Iommi, the album Chapter 81 - An audience with the Queen Chapter 82 - Hats off to Rob Halford Chapter 83 - Fused with Glenn again Chapter 84 - Entering the Halls of Fame Chapter 85 - This is for peace Chapter 86 - Heaven and Hell, tour and band Chapter 87 - The Devil You Know Chapter 88 - Farewell to a dear friend Chapter 89 - Not a right-hand man Chapter 90 - A good place Acknowledgments Index Copyright Page I dedicate this book to Maria; my wife
other. I didn’t really want to get involved, because at the time I was too interested in doing more drugs, but eventually we did get a relationship going. We were together for six years and then we got married. Our wedding was an extremely quick affair. I tried to do it all quietly, but Phil Banfield knew about it and he wanted to be best man. We just got married at this register office with Phil as my witness. We went back home and all my friends were there. Blimey, what happened here? It’s