Tony Iommi

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    The 21 Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2013

    It's that time of year where our focus is officially shifting from reflecting on 2013 to preparing for 2014. Another 365 days have swept by, full of heavy metal ups and downs, groupies and drug overdoses, mind-blowing riffs and sold-out shows. The state of metal in 2013 certainly hasn't blown my min ... More >>

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    August 31, 2013

    Black Sabbath - US Airways Center - 8/30/13

    Black SabbathUS Airways CenterAugust 30, 2013 (View the complete slideshow.)There were more devil horns on display at Black Sabbath's concert Friday night than at an ASU football game. That's not surprising, however, given the band's affinity for dark lyrics, occult-like imagery and satanic referenc ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    Black Sabbath Conjures Up A New Batch of "Evilly Things" on 13

    After a lengthy absence--33 years--Black Sabbath have returned with 13. And unbelievably, this is your grandmother's Black Sabbath. Eschewing a turbulent history that left the band frequently in musical flux and misdirection --particularly those middle years--today's Sabbath, complete again with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    A Black Sabbath Afterparty: FilmBar Hosts "Boot Sabbath: Live & Rare" After Friday's Show

    For the true Black Sabbath devotee, there is only one place to be on Friday night. No, not US Airways Center. Sure, a true devotee would probably pay some shekels to see three quarters of the band that created Paranoid, Masters of Reality, and Volume IV in the flesh, sagging though it may be, someon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi: "The Tensions [Between Us] Have Mainly Been About Business"

    When Black Sabbath broke onto the music scene in 1969, no one was playing music with such heavy intent and darkness. Prior to figuring out their sound, the band was your average jazzy-blues-rock outfit. It was a popular musical form at the time in England, yet, there was just too much of it. Then, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Heavy Metal World Records: Five of the Loudest Bands Ever

    Last week at the O Music Awards, rock musician Andrew W.K. set the world record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store after he spent 24 consecutive hours (from June 19-20) at his drum set. While the songwriter/instrumentalist/party connoisseur was hitting the skins, lots of other rock musicia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Eight Must-Read Heavy Metal Books

    Metalheads are some of the most devoted music fans on the planet. No--I mean we really love our music. Oh, you memorized Lady Gaga's music video dance moves? Check out my Kreator Coma of Souls back piece, and meet my friend's daughter, Sabbath. Later we're going to karaoke to cover Pantera and Motor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Golden Gods 2013: How Gene Simmons Gets Out Of Interviews And Other Black Carpet Tales

    If you've been reading this whiskey-drenched, devil-horn-throwing column every week for more than a year, here's a little thank-you flashback to the beginning. In one of the first Metal Mondays installments, I talked about the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles--basically the heavy metal Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Zakk Wylde Has Written a Guide to "Bringing Metal to the Children"

    When I heard Zakk Wylde was coming to town, I immediately assumed it was by way of Black Label Society. I couldn't wait to see his guitar prowess once again -- including his wonderful dedication to the pinch harmonic -- and his hits from more than two-dozen albums spanning almost 30 years. But this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Black Sabbath to Play Phoenix August 30 on 2013 World Tour

    Black Sabbath -- that is, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler, for the moment -- have been teasing a summer tour of North America for weeks, and when they finally announced the full tour on Thursday it came with an August 30 performance in Phoenix, at US Airways Center. The tour celebrates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    The 17 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

    I'm almost a little bummed that the world didn't end on December 21. No War of the Worlds or 2012 scenes became a reality, although I was so sure that the only reason gas prices were down was because all the rich people were holed up in their submarines, burrowed into the Alps like a goddamn modern- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Your Holiday Heavy Metal Gift Guide

    What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Black Sabbath's Stem Cell Treatment, David Lynch and Billy Corgan, Passion Pit Mp3

    Electric Mustache: mp3: Passion Pit Remix Max Tundra "Which Song"Everyone's Blog Posts: All Nov. Events @ The Trunk Space: K Recs, Sound Art, Local break-neck rock, Label show cases, punkersIdolator: Aqua Warn Against The Dangers Of Color-Coordinating Your Dinner Parties' MenusNME: Black Sabbath's T ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008
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    May 10, 2007


    In Your Time

  • Music

    May 3, 2007

    Spinal Tapped

    In which our heroine observes a Sabbath

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2006

    This Kid Shreds

    Jack Ripper A couple of nights ago I hit up a private company party (some masonry outfit, i was just crashing it for the buffet & drinks), and witnessed this kid who calls himself Jack Ripper annihilate his guitar, giving Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" a run for its money, busting out Tony Iommi ... More >>

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    Heady Metal

    In 2005, longhairs got more progressive than ever

  • Music

    June 16, 2005

    Six-String Savant

    Prodigy Nick Sterling spirals toward stardom

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Black Sabbath

    Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978) (Rhino/Warner Bros.)

  • Music

    January 21, 1999

    Bad Medicine

    Trashman faces a cure that's worse than the illness

  • Film

    December 31, 1998

    Iron Men

    Black Sabbath reunites to take rock once more into the bowels of hell

  • Calendar

    June 26, 1997