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Tony Lommi

Posted on 15 October 2020 by Brian Walsh

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recalled in a recent interview a street fight involving the band members before starting recording work on their breakthrough album Paranoid.

After playing a show in Weston-super-Mare in southwest England in June 1970, bassist Geezer Butler had entered a phone box to call the band’s manager over a pay dispute when he was surrounded by a mob of skinheads.

“Geezer’s normally Mr. Peaceful and not one to go looking for trouble. He got out of the phone box and came running back in to tell us what was going on. It felt as if a member of our gang had been threatened, so we all headed out front to sort it out. That’s when Ozzy [Osbourne] grabbed the hammer but, to be fair, they had all sorts of weapons, too. They were yobs, and they were ready for a proper fight,” Iommi said in an interview with Kerrang!.

After escaping from the rowdies, he drove back to his home in Birmingham. “I remember getting home and my mum shouting up the stairs saying, ‘How did it all go?'” he said. “I replied, ‘Oh, yeah, really good, thanks!’ as I was looking at myself in the mirror with a black eye and blood everywhere.”

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