Thursday, August 18, 2011

Black Sabbath guitarist to do UK, New York book signings this fall

It’s been a busy week of headlines for Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

On Tuesday, a Birmingham newspaper published some comments allegedly made by Iommi a few months ago regarding a Sabbath reunion with the four original members.

Iommi created more headlines when he disputed the paper’s angle of reporting his “off the record” comments as “new” news, while failing to deny the part of the story that indicated the reunion is taking place behind closed doors. The “leak” was enough to prompt the legendary guitarist to publicly apologize to his bandmates for …well…contributing to the leak by sharing inside news with a journalist he thought he could trust.

Now, more headlines are assured as Iommi has announced that he will undertake a select number of signings in the U.K. and New York to promote his upcoming memoir, "Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath."

Dates and locations are expected to be announced soon, so stay tuned.

The book will be released in Europe on October 13 through Simon & Schuster, and in the United States on November 1 in hardback by Perseus Books/DeCapo Press.

“Iron Man” reportedly chronicles the story of both pioneering guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary band Black Sabbath, dubbed "The Beatles of heavy metal" by Rolling Stone. “Iron Man” reveals the man behind the icon yet still captures Iommi's humor, intelligence, and warmth. He speaks honestly and unflinchingly about his rough-and-tumble childhood, the accident that almost ended his career, his failed marriages, personal tragedies, battles with addiction, band mates, famous friends, newfound daughter, and the ups and downs of his life as an artist.

Everything associated with hard rock happened to Black Sabbath first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.

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Black Sabbath – Iron Man
Download/Ozzfest – Donington Park - June 11, 2005

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