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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 February 1948Birmingham, England, UK
Birth NameFrank Anthony Iommi
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tony Iommi was born on February 19, 1948 in Birmingham, England as Frank Anthony Iommi. He has been married to Maria Sjöholm since 1999.

Spouse (1)

Maria Sjöholm (1999 - present)

Trade Mark (7)

Black leather jacket, large silver cross necklace, black mustache, left-handed Gibson guitar
Signature Gibson SG Lefty guitar
Raw droning guitar riffs
Sunglasses
Black clothes
Jet Black Hair
Long Guitar Solos

Trivia (13)

Guitarist for Black Sabbath.
In grade school in Birmingham, England, used to bully the man who would later become his bandmate, Ozzy Osbourne.
Accidentally cut the tips off his middle and ring fingers on his right hand (his fingering hand, he plays guitar left-handed) in a work-related accident in 1966. Has played guitar using plastic tips on these fingers ever since.
He is the only original member of Black Sabbath to have stayed in the band throughout its numerous lineup changes.
Often tunes his guitar down to a D (from the traditional E piano tuning) or C# to get a darker sound and more depth.
Was briefly a member of Jethro Tull. He appears with them during their appearance on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996).
Was engaged to Lita Ford in the mid 1980s. During that time, he recruited Eric Singer and Gordon Copley from Lita's band to play on what would become Black Sabbath's "Seventh Star" album.
His birthday (February 19) is also the anniversary of the death of AC/DC singer Bon Scott.
The only member of Black Sabbath to appear on every one of the band's albums.
The Black Sabbath album Seventh Star was actually a Tony Iommi solo album, but the record company put pressure on him to use the Black Sabbath name instead of his own (obviously to sell more copies.).
Is good friends with KISS bass player Gene Simmons.
Is close friends with Queen guitarist Brian May.
The son of Italian immigrants.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on how he created the heavy music for Black Sabbath] "Well, to be honest, we just became so fed up with people talking while we were playing that we said, 'Screw it, let's turn it up, so they won't be able to chatter.' The band just kept getting louder and louder."
I was with Jethro Tull for two weeks. So what?

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