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  EXCLUSIVE: WAR AND PEACE FOR BLACK SABBATH AS BILL WARD AND TONY IOMMI SPEAK
28th July 2017



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Tony Iommi returned to Regent Sounds yesterday, the very place where Black Sabbath recorded their first two albums, 'Black Sabbath' and 'Paranoid', both released in 1970.

The Black Sabbath founder spoke about the forthcoming 'Ten Year War' box set and his time in the band that spawned Heavy Metal.

Sabbath played the final gig of their final tour in their hometown of Birmingham on February 4th this year and there is little doubt that it really is the end of lengthy bouts of touring for Heavy Metal Metal's founding fathers.

However, a contented and engaging Tony Iommi delivered the clearest sign yet that the Metal pioneers could well take to the stage once more, while expressing his desire to see Sabbath's original drummer, Bill Ward, play in the band again.

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Tony was speaking at the 'Ten Year War' box set launch event in London where the subject of Sabbath playing again arose:

Host Phil Alexander said:

"We all hope that it happens to be honest - Sabbath - the four of you actually. There's something that happens that other people don't have and it is quite a remarkable and unique thing."

Guitar legend Tony responded:

"It would be nice to have done these last shows with Bill... but it just couldn't happen, it just didn't happen.

"And it's silly really because I think it would have been good for the four of us, even if Bill would have just played a couple of shows it would have been great... but he wouldn't."



Before Tony Iommi's entrance, Bill had spoken at the event via live video feed.

The drummer did not take part in the reunion that took the band around the world twice on mammoth tours and made no suggestion that he would be seen on the Sabbath drumstool again.

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During his ten minute appearance, he recalled his days with the band fondly and enthusiastically and ended with the words:

"I love you still, no matter what."

He had earlier enthused about his favourite Sabbath song, 'Hand Of Doom', saying:

"I wish I was still playing it. It's part of who I am."



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Black Sabbath's 'The Ten Year War' is a limited edition vinyl box set, released September 29th via BMG, that brings together their eight Ozzy fronted albums, plus a swathe of other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist Shepard Fairey.





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MONSTERS OF ROCK IN FULL FLIGHT SURE TO BECOME FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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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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