The original lineup of Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward hadn’t played together since 1978 when they reunited at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium for the historic show, which was organised to raise relief funds in light of the Ethiopian famine.
And with Live Aid celebrating its 35th anniversary earlier this week, Iommi has reflected on what it was like getting the band back together for the concert.
The guitarist tells SiriusXM: “It was great being with the guys again. It was a bit surreal to be honest because basically I’d been in the studio working. It was an unusual thing for us to come from the studio then suddenly here we are onstage in front of all the people.
“We’d never really done that before. We’ve always rehearsed for a proper show for a while, but this was like a quick rehearsal for an hour and the next day we were on stage.
“It was a bit nervy because you don’t know how things are going to go with the equipment and all the stuff – and we hadn’t been onstage together for so long. You have to sort of suck it and see what’s going to happen.”
Sabbath played three tracks at Live Aid: Children Of The Grave, Iron Man and Paranoid, with the US show, along with the UK concert at London’s Wembley Stadium, watched by millions around the world.
Black Sabbath brought the curtain down on their career with pair of shows in their hometown of Birmingham in February 2017, although both Ozzy and Iommi have expressed an interest in Black Sabbath possibly reuniting in 2022 to mark the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
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- Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £49.99, $62.49, €55.99 (New Item) (arrived 05-Jan-2021 12:40)on January 18, 2021 at 3:30 am
BLACK SABBATH Black Sabbath (2009 issue UK limited edition 16-track digitally remastered 2-LP vinyl set - Released on Friday the 13th February 1970 by Vertigo Records, the album was recorded and mixed in just three days and spawned the singles Evil Woman, Black Sabbath, N.I.B. and The Wizard and now comes expanded with a Bonus 9-track LP featuring outtakes from the November 1969 Black Sabbath sessions. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with promotional stamp over the barcodeplus illustrated inners featuring extensive sleeve notes by David Wells. This copy remains in near mint condition)
- Black Sabbath - Blackest Sabbath - German - 2-LP vinyl set - £30.00, $37.50, €33.60 (New Item) (arrived 23-Nov-2020 16:23)on January 18, 2021 at 3:30 am
BLACK SABBATH Blackest Sabbath (1989 German-pressed 18-track double vinyl LP including a collection of their greatest tracks from 1970-1987, embossed gatefold picture sleeve with picture inners. The sleeve displays minimal wear, the inners both have a small split at the bottom, whils the vinyl looks barely played)
- Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy - Japanese - vinyl LP - £65.00, $81.25, €72.80 (New Item) (arrived 20-Oct-2020 12:30)on January 18, 2021 at 3:30 am
BLACK SABBATH Technical Ecstasy (1980 Japanese issue of the 1978 8-track vinyl LP including the single It's Alright. The back-pasted picture sleeve comes with the Japanese text / lyric insert plus the yellow 'Heavy Metal 80' series obi-strip. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played 15PR-24)
- Black Sabbath - Seventh Star - Japanese - vinyl LP - Promo - £95.00, $118.75, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 02-Nov-2020 08:43)on January 18, 2021 at 3:30 am
BLACK SABBATH Seventh Star (Scarce 1986 Japanese 9-track white label promotional sample vinyl LP, including Turn To Stone and Angry Heart, featuring Glenn Hughes on vocals, back pasted picture sleeve with lyric insert and black obi-strip withred text 28PP-1017)
- Black Sabbath - Sabotage - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $118.75, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 04-Nov-2020 12:33)on January 18, 2021 at 3:30 am
BLACK SABBATH Sabotage (Rare 1975 UK first issue 8-track LP with 'Nems Records & Tapes' logo and catalogue number '9119 001', textured picture sleeve with the same catalogue number on the spine & the back. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with some scuffing to the edges & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play)