Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was the latest interview guest of iHeart’s Diversion Media this week and shared his story of becoming a metal legend and also how being injured almost ruined his career.
As you might remember, Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi had a tough hand injury which almost led to his career-ending. At the age of 17, Iommi lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident. After the accident, the doctors told Iommi that he will never play guitar again. However, he founded it as a gift and encouraged him to start relearning guitar.
In his latest ever interview, Iommi shared the story of how he decided to part ways with Black Sabbath to join Jethro Tull in 1968 and how he regretted that decision. According to Tony, the first thing he has done was calling Geezer Butler to reunite the team.
Here is what he said:
“I felt really weird not being with the other guys [from Black Sabbath]. I really missed them. But the thing was – I felt a bit out of place ’cause I was joining basically an established band. And I wanted to be a part of an established band but, I wanted to be able to earn my own dues – if you like.
I didn’t wanna join a band that was already doing well and I was just gonna be the guitar player. I wanted to be in a band where you all worked together and you are a band. I didn’t wanna be the guitar player in Jethro Tull and like a side musician – I wanted to be a part of a team.
So I said to Geezer [Butler, bass], ‘Let’s get the band back together,’ which is what we did. We called Ozzy and Bill [Ward] from London, and we said we’re coming back. If everybody’s really serious about this, I’m willing to leave and we’ll get back together again and really work at it. And that’s what everybody suggests.’ So, that’s what we did.”
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