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, $34.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 09-Apr-2021 10:57)on April 11, 2021 at 4:29 am
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 - Rock Candy - April-May 2020 - UK - magazine - £9.99, $13.59, €11.19 (New Item) (arrived 16-Mar-2021 12:15)on April 11, 2021 at 4:29 am
BLACK SABBATH Rock Candy (April-May 2020 UK 100-page magazine featuring a 6-page illustrated article in which Black Sabbath's original drummer Bill Ward talks about his life and enduring love for the band. Also includes articles on Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Styx and much more. With early Sabbath cover picture)
- Black Sabbath - 13 (Thirteen) - Orange Vinyl - Sealed - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £49.99, $67.99, €55.99 (New Item) (arrived 03-Mar-2021 14:47)on April 11, 2021 at 4:29 am
BLACK SABBATH 13 (2019 UK/EU limited edition 8-track 2-LP produced by the legendary Rick Rubin. Pressed on Orange Vinyl as an exclusive for HMV stores in the UK and now sold out. Including the singles God Is Dead?, End Of The Beginning and Loner. Gatefold picture sleeve factory sealed with hype sticker intact)
- Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £195.00, $265.20, €218.40 (New Item) (arrived 04-Mar-2021 12:08)on April 11, 2021 at 4:29 am
BLACK SABBATH Master Of Reality (Rare 1971 UK first issue 'swirl' label 8-track LP with unusual reversed white on black label, fully laminated & embossed box sleeve with lyrics on reverse and regular 'swirl' inner. We tend to find these covers in less than desirable condition, however this example remains in superb shape with just a little laminate rippling at the edges and the vinyl too remains in excellent condition with little sign of play & just a couple of light surface scuffs to show for over forty nine years)
- Black Sabbath - Neon Knights - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £85.00, $115.60, €95.20 (New Item) (arrived 09-Mar-2021 13:53)on April 11, 2021 at 4:29 am
BLACK SABBATH Neon Knights (Rare original 1980 Japanese white label Vertigo label 7" vinyl single, also including a live version of Children Of The Sea. The unique picture insert has Japanese text biography & lyrics printed on the reverse and shows very little evidence of its age and the vinyl shows mininal signs of play 7PP-5)