The legendary Black Sabbath icon, Tony Iommi was the recent interview guest of the Gibson, and he remembered the first audition that they had with Ozzy Osbourne.
He also revealed his first impression about Ozzy in which he’s claiming that ‘Ozzy can’t sing’ at the time of Black Sabbath’s career beginning.
Here’s what Tony Iommi stated:
“I was in a band with [classic Black Sabbath drummer] Bill Ward, Mythology [from January to July of 1968]. When we broke up we came back to Birmingham [from Carlisle, England], and we decided that we wanted to stick together and form a band together.
“We went into the music shop in Birmingham and there was an advert saying, ‘Ozzy Zig requires gig.’ And I said to Bill, ‘I know an Ozzy, but it can’t be him; he can’t sing.’
I didn’t even think he could sing or anything. So anyway, sure enough, we go around to his house, we followed the advert, knocked on the door; his mom came to the door, and we said, ‘We’ve come about the advert.’
And she said, ‘John, it’s for you!’ So he comes up, and I’m seeing him walk up the hall, I said to Bill, ‘Forget it, forget it! I’ll tell you later…’ [Laughs]
So, anyway, we talked to him for a bit, and then we left and never made any decisions or anything. And then two days later, Ozzy came around to my house, because I lived not that far from where he lived.
We all lived in the same sort of area, so he came around with Geezer [Butler, bass] to my house. And we had a shop – my mother and brother’s shop at that point – so they came around and said, ‘Do you know any drummers?’ I said, ‘Yeah, Bill’s a drummer.’
And Bill said, ‘I’m not doing anything unless we go together.’ I said, ‘We’re sticking together.’ So we decided to get together and give it a go, and what a rally it was.
I mean, it was absolutely horrible because me and Bill, the band we were playing before, we really got sort of tight and you know, used to everybody.
Then we got together with Geezer and Ozzy… Geezer’s never played the bass before – he was a guitar player – and it was a shamble. It’s amazing how we stuck with it. It came together really quickly.
We were virtually living with each other all the time, and it developed into what it did.”
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