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Black Sabbath guitarist faces his own question time
Black Sabbath guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi will be in the hot seat when he takes questions from the audience at Birmingham's Town Hall. Following a sell-out show in 2016, Tony returns with An Evening with Tony Iommi on June 23 when he will be talking about his life and career. And a packed music career it's been.
Formed in Aston in 1968, Black Sabbath was originally made up of Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. Leading the heavy metal revolution, they went on to sell more than 70 million albums including Paranoid, Heaven and Hell and 13 and toured the globe to sell-out venues.
Over the decades, the band has split and re-formed on a number of occasions, finally announcing a farewell tour The End for 2016-17 with the final date taking place at Birmingham's Genting Arena in February 2017.
Hosted by television presenter Gary Newbon, An Evening with Tony Iommi will include a discussion session and will also give audience members the chance to ask their own questions which can also be emailed and tweeted to the venue in advance.
One question Tony is used to being asked is will Black Sabbath tour again? And he's ready with his answer. "You can never say never – I've learnt that over many years," he says. "As soon as you say 'no, we'd never do that' you end up doing it! But I would say there certainly won't be a world tour, no way, we couldn't do that. If anything, it would be one offs. But I don't foresee that really. I'm always hoping that maybe we might but there's no talk or plans for it – not at the moment anyway."
And Tony says he is prepared for the interrogation from the audience. "The questions can be anything, I don't mind what anyone asks me really," he says. "It can range from anything like what's it like on tour, what do you do when you're on tour, what's it like playing to that amount of people to what do you do during the day and what are your pastimes? If I don't want to answer, I can always say I don't know!"
An Evening with Tony Iommi takes place at Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday 23 June. For tickets see thsh.co.uk or call 0121 730 3333. Questions for Tony can be sent via tweet using the hashtag #askIommi2018 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org