Thursday, January 3, 2019

Black Sabbath 50th anniversary exhibition coming to Birmingham

An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Black Sabbath is coming to the band's hometown of Birmingham, UK this summer.

“Black Sabbath - 50 Years” will be hosted at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery between June 22 - September 18.

Presented by Home Of Metal – a local organization that celebrates music from Birmingham and the Black Country – the exhibition aims to explore how the music of four working-class lads captured the hearts and minds of fans globally while paying homage to the fan’s devotion and documenting that fifty-year relationship.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the Home Of Metal,” says Ozzy Osbourne. “I am just a guy from Birmingham who’s been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I’ve always said ‘I am nothing without them.'”

"Fans are our lifeblood,” adds guitarist Tony Iommi, “they've always been there to support us."

More details about the “Black Sabbath – 50 Years” exhibition will be announced in the coming months.

Black Sabbath formed in Aston, Birmingham in 1968 from the ashes of a pair of local acts: Iommi and drummer Bill Ward from Mythology, and Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler from Rare Breed.

Originally featuring two additional musicians and billed as the Polka Tuck Blues Band, the 6-piece lineup eventually became a four-piece under the name Earth before ultimately becoming Black Sabbath in August of 1969…and releasing their groundbreaking self-titled debut album just six months later in February of 1970.

With more than 70 million albums sold worldwide, Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2005 and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.

The group wrapped up a farewell tour in Birmingham, UK in February of 2017; their final performance is featured on the live package “The End.”

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