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 - Greatest Hits - Smooth Sleeve - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $27.75, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 03-Oct-2022 09:19)on October 3, 2022 at 9:50 pm
BLACK SABBATH Greatest Hits (1977 UK 10-track vinyl LP featuring a compilation of their classic hits including Paranoid, Changes and Sweet Leaf. The smooth picture sleeve [VG+] has some storage wear & the vinyl is Excellent NEL6009)
- Black Sabbath - Born Again - VG/EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $27.75, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 23-Sep-2022 15:08)on October 3, 2022 at 9:50 pm
BLACK SABBATH Born Again (1983 UK 9-track vinyl LP, the eleventh studio album by the English heavy metal band featuring Ian Gillan on vocals. The glossy picture sleeve has some wear mostly to the edges and a small split / indentation on the spine but comes with the lyric printed inner which has little wear and the vinyl has only light signs of play VERL8)
- Black Sabbath - Neon Knights + Sleeve - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $16.65, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 20-Sep-2022 12:56)on October 3, 2022 at 9:50 pm
BLACK SABBATH Neon Knights (1980 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including a live recording of Children Of The Sea. The paper picture sleeve displays some light wear and the vinyl is Excellent with only light signs of play SAB3)
- Black Sabbath - Tomorrow's Dream - 1st - Wide - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £18.00, $19.98, €20.52 (New Item) (arrived 20-Sep-2022 16:36)on October 3, 2022 at 9:50 pm
BLACK SABBATH Tomorrow's Dream (Classic original 1972 UK wide centred 7" vinyl single on the Vertigo 'swirl' label, also including Laguna Sunrise. The vinyl comes issued within the wavy-cut Vertigo 'swirl' company die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl remains Excellent with a few cosmetic surface marks)
- Black Sabbath - Seventh Star - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $55.50, €57.00 (New Item) (arrived 22-Sep-2022 16:25)on October 3, 2022 at 9:50 pm
BLACK SABBATH Seventh Star (1986 UK 9-track vinyl LP - Chronologically, this was the twelfth studio album from Black Sabbath and is labelled 'featuring Tony Iommi', however, strictly speaking, Iommi is the only original band member to perform on this album, alongside long-time friend & former Deep Purple bassist Glen Hughes on vocals. Housed in a glossy glossy picture sleeve with lyric printed inner. The sleeve displays some light general wear mostly to to the edges & corners, whilstthe vinyl looks barely played)