“Iron Man”. “The Wizard”. “War Pigs”. These are just a few of the most popular songs from the band Black Sabbath and today I want to tell you a bit more about the band’s lead guitarist and founding member, Tony Iommi since they are playing in Massachusetts tonight at the Xfinity Center.
Iommi started guitar at an early age, but the world almost didn’t get to know his surprise musical talents. At the age of 17, he was working at a sheet metal factory and lost the tips of the middle and right fingers of his right hand in an accident. When this incident happened, Iommi thought of leaving guitar behind forever.
However, a friend introduced him to a recording of Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Iommi was impressed, but wondered why his friend wanted him to hear Reinhardt’s work. He was stunned when he was told that Reinhardt played with just two fingers and his motivation to keep going on the guitar, albeit playing with his left hand instead of his right, returned.
Iommi went on to be the founding member and lead guitarist of Black Sabbath and wowed the world with his abilities. In 2012, he was diagnosed with early stage lymphoma, which prompted a need to take a break from performing for treatment. Happily, Iommi announced on August 11th of this year that his cancer is officially in remission and he’s back to performing with Black Sabbath.
Black Sabbath is playing tonight, August 25th, at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA and this Saturday, August 27th, at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. We look forward to seeing Iommi rocking out on stage!
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As an endnote, enjoy our image of Tony we created on Instagram entitled "He Is Iron Man!" here: Click here to view the Tony Iommi picture!
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