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, $31.50, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 27-May-2022 11:34)on May 27, 2022 at 10:26 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 - The Singles - UK - cd single boxset - £49.99, $62.99, €58.99 (New Item) (arrived 05-May-2022 09:56)on May 27, 2022 at 10:26 pm
BLACK SABBATH The Singles (2000 UK limited edition 12-track SIX CD single set featuring releases from 1970-1978 including Paranoid, Evil Woman, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Never Say Die, Hard Road and Changes. Each disc is issued in an individual card picture sleeve with a fold-out insert depicting forty-nine variations of the singles covers and a series insert, all housed together within the individual number stickered picture box CMKBX002)
- Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - 1976 Issue - RCA Sticker - UK - vinyl LP - £40.00, $50.40, €47.20 (New Item) (arrived 26-Apr-2022 11:22)on May 27, 2022 at 10:26 pm
BLACK SABBATH Black Sabbath (1976 UK NEMS issue of the 1970 7-track LP, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve ['3 Hill Street London' address on back] reproducing the original album artwork with 'Marketed by RCA' sticker attached. The sleeve shows minor age wear whilst the vinyl is excellent with light signs of play only NEL6002)
- Black Sabbath - Neon Knights - P/S - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.90, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 26-Apr-2022 15:36)on May 27, 2022 at 10:26 pm
BLACK SABBATH Neon Knights (1980 UK injection moulded 7" single, also including a live recording of Children Of The Sea, paper picture sleeve SAB3)
- Black Sabbath - Hard Road - Purple Vinyl - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.90, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 26-Apr-2022 16:55)on May 27, 2022 at 10:26 pm
BLACK SABBATH Hard Road (1978 UK limited edition solid centre 7" single pressed on Purple Vinyl, also including Symptom Of The Universe mispelt as 'Sympton'. The vinyl remains in Excellent condition, issuedin a Phonogram group die-cut paper sleeve SAB002)