About Tony Iommi
Tony Iommi is one of the most influential guitarists around, he benchmarked a new standard for heavy metal and generated some of the most epic and recognizable guitar riffs in rock history.
In spite of a tragic accident in the early years where Tony lost the tips of the fingers, he still achieved massive and well-deserved recognition as the most influential heavy metal guitar player as a member of Black Sabbath. In fact, losing the tips of his fingers on his fretting hand is what shaped his unique sound, resorting to light string gauges and down tuning.
Tony's interest in music began when he was just a teenager. Hank Marvin & the Shadows influenced a young left-handed boy to play guitar, which through the years unfolded into an international career. It all started with a band called Earth that Tony assembled with his school buddies Terry 'Geezer' Butler, Bill Ward and John 'Ozzy' Osbourne. The band changed their name to Black Sabbath, and soon became a blueprint for hundreds of others that followed.
Black Sabbath shook up the heavy metal scene with dark lyrical subjects, distinctive riff based music and dark and haunting sounds. That led into successful all time classic releases such as 'Black Sabbath', 'Paranoid', 'Master of Reality', 'Vol. 4., & 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath', putting them on the map as the worlds top hard rock band.
The band hit a rough patch in the late 1970's that consequently led to Ozzy leaving but they bounced back with singer Ronnie James Dio recording more classics - 'Heaven & Hell' and 'Mob Rules'. The original lineup subsequently reunited for a number of tours and earned a Grammy award for the track 'Iron Man' from their 'Reunion' album.
Tony kept a solo career going with two stand-out albums - 'Iommi' and 'Fused', plus the highly regarded 'The Devil You Know' with Dio and Butler under the band moniker Heaven & Hell. In 2011 the original Black Sabbath line-up began work on a new album, '13' which was released in June 2013. No sooner had they started than Tony was diagnosed with lymphoma but despite receiving treatment he continued to record and the result gave the band their first US number 1 as well as number 1's in the UK, Canada, Germany, Sweden, etc.
In 2013 the band will tour the world going to Asia, North America, South America and Europe.