He was born in Birmingham, England and went to the same school as Ozzy Osbourne, even though he was one year ahead of his fellow future superstar.
Following an accident when he was at work in a sheet metal factory, he lost the tips of his middle and ring fingers on his right hand. He was told that he would never be able to play the guitar again and fully believed it.
It took listening to a recording of Django Reinhardt playing the guitar to get him to change his mind, as Reinhardt only had 2 fingers to play with on his fredboard due to a fire accident. As soon as Iommi heard it, he was inspired to attempt to play the guitar again.
It was painful to attempt to play the guitar again and eventually Iommi made his own prosthetic fingertips to help.
Heavy metal, doom metal, hard rock, blues rock
Artist Website Link: http://iommi.com/
The 1996 DEP Sessions (2004)
with Black Sabbath
see Black Sabbath
with Heaven & Hell
Live from Radio City Music Hall (2007)
The Devil You Know (2009)
Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell (2010)
with Jethro Tull
20 Years of Jethro Tull (1988); plays on “Stormy Monday Blues” and “Love Story” (live at the BBC, 5 November 1968)
“A Song for Jeffrey” (played on playback at The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus show, 11 December 1968)