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 - Die Young - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $28.20, €23.20 (Back In Stock) (arrived 17-Jun-2021 08:20)on June 18, 2021 at 3:18 am
BLACK SABBATH Die Young (1980 UK 12" vinyl single, pressed in France for the UK market, also including a live version of Heaven & Hell, picture sleeve featuring a great live on stage image. The sleeve shows just a little shelfwear & the vinyl remains excellent with few signs of play SAB412)
- Black Sabbath - Greatest Hits - Textured Sleeve - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $28.20, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 22-May-2021 12:56)on June 18, 2021 at 3:18 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 a few light scuffs leaving it Excellent NEL6009)
- Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - French - vinyl LP - £25.00, $35.25, €29.00 (Back In Stock) (arrived 13-May-2021 10:57)on June 18, 2021 at 3:18 am
BLACK SABBATH Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1980 French issue of the 1973 8-track vinyl LP, including the classic title track and synth heavy 'Sabbra Cadabra' starring Rick Wakeman, glossy gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with minor discolouration inside the gatefold and the vinyl remains in superb condition with few signs of play NEL6017)
- Black Sabbath - Blackest Sabbath - German - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $49.35, €40.60 (New Item) (arrived 13-May-2021 13:02)on June 18, 2021 at 3:18 am
BLACK SABBATH Blackest Sabbath (1989 German-pressed 18-track double vinyl LP including a collection of their greatest tracks from 1970-1987, embossed gatefold picture sleeve with picture inners. The sleeve shows just the lightest edgewear andthe vinyl looks barely played)
- Black Sabbath - Paranoid - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £60.00, $84.60, €69.60 (New Item) (arrived 13-May-2021 13:30)on June 18, 2021 at 3:18 am
BLACK SABBATH Paranoid (Deluxe 2009 issue UK 'Deluxe Expanded Edition' 2-LP vinyl set - For the first time-ever, the blueprint, or rather black-print, to Sabbath's musical plan can be scrutinised via a myriad of previously unreleased studio outtakes, recently unearthed and compiled as additional bonus discs accompanying the band genre defining 1970 album 'Paranoid'. Originally released in September 1970, 'Paranoid' contains some of their most famous work, including the songs 'Iron Man', 'WarPigs' and the title track; and now comes expanded with the extremely rare 1974 Quadrophonic mix. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with picture inners. The sleeve shows just the lightest storage wear and the vinyl is in near mint condition)