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Monday, 1 March 2010

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

Name: Frank Anthony Iommi
Born: 19th February, 1948 (Aston, Brimingham, England)

Profile: He is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as the founding member of pioneering heavy metal band "Black Sabbath", and the sole constant band member through multiple personnel changes, he is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential guitarists in rock music.

History: Tony picked up the guitar as a teenager, he plays guitar left-handed. At the age of 17, in an industrial accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory, he lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand. He considered abandoning music, but his boss encouraged him to reconsider by playing a record by jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who earned wide acclaim despite limited use of his fretting hand following an injury. After attempting to learn to play right-handed, he strung his guitars with extra-light strings and wore plastic covers over the two damaged fingers.

Tony had played in several blues/rock bands, the earliest of which was "The Rockin' Chevrolets" 1964-1965, "The Rest" 1966-1967, "Mythology" 1968. In August 1968, after "Mythology" was disbanded he met Ozzy Osbourne and formed a band called "Earth", then he (Tony) joined "Jethro Tull" and back again with "Earth" and renamed it to "Black Sabbath".

Influences: Hank Marvin and The Shadows

Axology: Gibson SG, John Birch Custom SG, 100watt Laney and Rangemaster treble booster


"I'll try anything to sound heavier." - Tony Iommi

"Grunge, goth, thrash, industrial, death, doom... whatever. None of it would exist without Tony Iommi. A veritable riff-making machine since 1968, Black Sabbath's swarthy master of the guitar is responsible for creating such heavy metal standards as "Iron Man," "Paranoid" and "Sweet Leaf". - Guitar World

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