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 - The Ultimate Collection - Sealed - UK - 4-LP vinyl set - £75.00, $102.75, €87.75 (New Item) (arrived 27-Sep-2021 10:45)on September 28, 2021 at 2:23 am
BLACK SABBATH The Ultimate Collection (Sealed 2016 UK limited edition 31-track Four LP compilation pressed on Heavy Weight Vinyl. Curated in conjunction with the band, this collection features the band’s classic songs including Paranoid, IronMan, War Pigs, N.I.B. and The Wizard as well as choice cuts from their albums, remastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce (Motörhead, Deep Purple, Lou Reed, Iggy & The Stooges) in 2009. This set is housed within the limited glossy fold-out 'Crucifold' cross picture sleeve. This copy is still sealed from new leaving it Mint and unplayed BMGCAT4LP83)
- Black Sabbath - Seventh Star - US - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.25, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 07-Sep-2021 09:39)on September 28, 2021 at 2:23 am
BLACK SABBATH Featuring TONY IOMMI Seventh Star (Scarce 1986 US 9-track vinyl LP, the twelfth studio album by the English heavy metal band, with only Tony Iommi from the original line-up, joined by Glenn Hughes, Dave Spitz, Eric Singer and Geoff Nicholls; housed in a picture sleeve with deletion cut on the bottom edge, with the lyric printed inner. The sleeve displays just a little light wear and the inner has one small split, whilst the vinyl looks barely played)
- Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £195.00, $267.15, €228.15 (New Item) (arrived 13-Aug-2021 17:22)on September 28, 2021 at 2:23 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 - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - 3rd + Inner - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $61.65, €52.65 (New Item) (arrived 17-Aug-2021 15:13)on September 28, 2021 at 2:23 am
BLACK SABBATH Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Mid 70s UK issue of the 1973 8-track LP on a black & silver label with white 'WWA' lettering, gatefold picture sleeve bordered inside with smooth lyric inner. The sleeve has some light edgewear and a little discolouration on the reverse, whilst the vinyl looks barely played. An excellent copy of this forty year old pressing WWA005)
- Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - 3rd - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.25, €29.25 (Back In Stock) (arrived 18-Aug-2021 07:54)on September 28, 2021 at 2:23 am
BLACK SABBATH Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Mid 70s UK issue of the 1973 8-track LP with white 'WWA' logo on label, gatefold picture sleeve with bordered inside picture. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear & the vinyl looks barely played WWA005)