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 - Textured Sleeve - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 30-Jul-2020 08:34)on August 5, 2020 at 2:05 am
BLACK SABBATH Greatest Hits (1977 UK NEMS issue 10-track vinyl compilation LP including Paranoid, Changes, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, War Pigs and more. The textured picture sleeve shows very little evidence of shelfwear and the vinyl has just afew light scuffs leaving it Excellent NEL6009)
- Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath + obi - Japanese - vinyl LP - £195.00, $243.75, €218.40 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jul-2020 15:51)on August 5, 2020 at 2:05 am
BLACK SABBATH Black Sabbath (Attention! 1975 Japanese-only 8-track vinyl LP compilation, housed in a unique & deluxe picture sleeve with English lyrics on the back plus the rarer-than-thou obi-strip with '75 Attention!' logo. The sleeve& obi-strip show minimal wear and the vinyl remains in fantastic near 'as new' condition PAT-1003)
- Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Australian - vinyl LP - £95.00, $118.75, €106.40 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jul-2020 15:47)on August 5, 2020 at 2:05 am
BLACK SABBATH Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Rare 1973 Australian 8-track LP on the Vertigo 'spaceship' label with 'MX171207/8' matrices, front laminated gatefold picture sleeve. Both the sleeve & vinyl appear near mint)
- Black Sabbath - Vol. 4 - French - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jul-2020 12:43)on August 5, 2020 at 2:05 am
BLACK SABBATH Vol. 4 (Late 70s French Nems label issue of the 1972 10-track LP with 'Made In France' clearly printed on the labels, including Wheels Of Confusion, Tomorrow's Dream, Changes & Supernaut, glossy gatefold picture sleeve with Nems printed in the bottom left corner. The sleeve has a tiny thumbnail split in the top edge & otherwise shows just light shelf wear whilst the vinyl is Excellent with barely any play NEL6005)
- Black Sabbath - Sabotage - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jul-2020 12:37)on August 5, 2020 at 2:05 am
BLACK SABBATH Sabotage (1982 UK Nems label issue of the 1975 8-track LP, housed in a glossy picture sleeve featuring the 'mirror' artwork. The sleeve is Excellent with a little edge scuffing & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with few signs of play NEL6018)