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19th January 2017

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Home Of Metal have been established since 2007 and are dedicated to examining the origins of Heavy Metal and its birthplace in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Over 200,000 people attended Home Of Metal events and activities during the summer of 2011 and these are now elivered across fifteen major arts institutions, including a large-scale exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Exhibits include unseen artefacts, relics, memorabilia and personal stories sourced directly from the fans alongside iconic items from bands including Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Napalm Death.

Home Of Metal was shortlisted for a National Lottery Heritage award, for the title of Best Heritage Project.

Black Sabbath's final UK tour begins this weekend and Home Of Metal will be there at every show to take portraits of the fans coming to pay their final respects to the founding fathers of Metal. They'll be in the foyer of every venue and at Birmingham New Street Station from Thursday February 2nd to Saturday 4th from 3.00 to 7.30pm.

The Birmingham New Street Station stand will also allow fans the chance to have a go on a Gibson guitar and Laney amp, the same set-up that Tony Iommi uses to create his iconic sound, albeit smaller and in practice amp form.

As well as the portraits, Home Of Metal will capture and collate stories that mark this unique moment in history and the content collected will be used to develop an active online archive which will form part of a future exhibition.

To help achieve this, Home Of Metal are asking all fans to contribute to the archive by uploading photos of your related memorabilia to help inform the content of an exhibition that will tour internationally in 2018, followed by a summer season in Birmingham and the Black Country in 2019. Home Of Metal are working towards a permanent collection to celebrate the legacy of Black Sabbath and Birmingham, the birthplace of Metal. Photos can be uploaded at

Tony Iommi said: "An artist or band's success can be measured by their relationship with the fans and the success of the‘Home Of Metal exhibition brought home just how dedicated and loyal ours are. It's always humbling to realise how you've touched people's lives with your music and a project where fans are actively involved would be great.

"Fans are our lifeblood, they've always been there to support us. The audiences have been getting bigger as the tour progressed, it's been amazing."

Ozzy Osbourne said: "It's an honour to be a part of the Home Of Metal. I am just a guy from Birmingham who's been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I've always said, I am nothing without them."

Black Sabbath final tour date as follows, with tickets available right here.

January 20th: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
January 22nd: Manchester Arena, Manchester
January 24th: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
January 26th: First Direct Arena, Leeds
January 29th: The o2, London
January 31st: The o2, London
February 2nd: Genting Arena, Birmingham
February 4th: Genting Arena, Birmingham

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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