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Former Runaways star Lita Ford refuses to pay attention to negative comments about her allegedly abusive relationship with former fiance Tony Iommi.
The female rocker opens up about her tumultuous romance with the Black Sabbath guitarist in her new memoir, Living Like A Runaway, in which she accuses Iommi of attacking her on at least two occasions as he battled severe drug addiction.
"After snorting tons of blow, he got angry and choked me unconscious," she wrote in an excerpt obtained by the New York Post last month (Feb16). "When I woke up, I saw him holding a chair above my head. It was a big, heavy leather chair with studs around the arms, and he was about to smash it over my face. I rolled over, and luckily I moved fast enough that he missed me and the chair smashed into the ground."
Her recollection of the relationship prompted some critics to blast her online and speak out in Iommi's defence, but Ford has no regrets about going public with the controversial claims, insisting her detractors know nothing about being on the receiving end of domestic abuse.
Continue reading: Lita Ford Defends Tony Iommi Abuse Allegations
Black Sabbath's final tour bears little resemblance to the dates the rockers played in their heyday, because the 60-somethings are too old for wild nights.
Vegan Geezer tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We have private planes and the best suites in the best hotels, but the downside is there's no drugs and no women. You come offstage and have a cup of tea and go to bed."
And Ozzy adds, "I was the f**king rebel for so many years. Now I can't understand why I was going out, getting full of Jack Daniel's, having a bag of white powder and talking s**t till daybreak, thinking that was fun.
Continue reading: The Years Catch Up With Black Sabbath On The End Tour
Black Sabbath Star Tony Iommi Is To Be Honoured For His Lengthy Music Career With A Lifetime Achievement Award From Bosses Of America's National Guitar Museum.
The veteran rocker, who is currently on the road with Black Sabbath for the band's final tour, follows in the footsteps of other guitar greats who have received the Lifetime Achievement Award, including B.B. King and blues legend Buddy Guy.
National Guitar Museum executive director H.P. Newquist says, "This year, the choice for us was obvious. With Tony embarking on a final tour, his recorded work now marking nearly 50 years, and the charitable work he's been involved in, this was the time to ensure that his work was recognised. Tony's guitar playing has inspired countless numbers of guitarists to follow in his wake, and few guitarists can match his lifetime of achievements."
Tony adds, "I'm very honored by this award from the National Guitar Museum. The guitar has been an important part of my life for most of my life, and I'm happy to have contributed to its legacy. Not only that, but I have just the place for this award in my new studio!"
Black Sabbath Star Tony Iommi Has Confirmed Long-running Rumours Hard-living Rocker Lemmy Kilmister Downed A Bottle Of Whiskey Every Day During The Height Of His Career.
The Motorhead frontman passed away on Monday (28Dec15) just two days after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and four days after his 70th birthday.
His passing sparked an outpouring of tributes from across the music industry, and Tony, who has been battling a form of cancer himself in recent months, has now spoken out about the legends of Lemmy, including the rumour that he drank a bottle of Jack Daniel's daily.
"I think Lemmy is the epitome of rock and roll. He's always lived a wild lifestyle. It's the whole thing: sex, drugs and rock and roll. And he really lived that life, and he loved it," Tony tells the BBC.
Continue reading: Tony Iommi: 'Lemmy Really Did Drink A Bottle Of Whiskey A Day'
British Heavy Rock Icons Biff Byford And Tony Iommi Have Added Their Tributes To Motorhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister, Who Lost His Battle With Cancer On Monday (28dec15).
Saxon singer Byford has released a statement about his pal's passing, revealing he and Lemmy were friends for 36 years.
He writes, "If you were his friend, you were his friend for life."
"He was a defiant rebel to the end who loved his music and never compromised," the rocker adds. "My heart goes out to his family and friends. The Motorhead organisation are in mourning for their friend and mentor to the management and their fantastic crew. Let's remember Lemmy as he wanted to be: as an iconic songwriter and lyricist and rock and roll rebel."
Continue reading: Biff Byford & Tony Iommi Add Tributes To Lemmy
Ozzy Osbourne Was Terrified His Wife Sharon Wouldn't Survive Chemotherapy For Colon Cancer Because Her Seizures Kept Getting Worse.
TV personality Sharon, 63, was diagnosed with the disease in 2002 and received extensive treatment, followed by a double mastectomy in 2012 upon discovering she carried a gene which increased her risk of breast cancer.
It was a difficult time for the family and rocker Ozzy admits he would never be able to show the courage his wife did.
"She was diagnosed with colon cancer and was having chemotherapy three times a month for nine months and she had these weird f**king seizures," he tells news.com.au. "I thought she wouldn't last three weeks because each seizure was worse than the last but she pulled it off. These people don't back down from a fight - they have a strong conviction to live. Me, I'm the wimp of the bunch - I'll catch a disease off the telly (TV)."
Continue reading: Ozzy Osbourne Petrified By Wife Sharon's Seizures
Veteran Rockers Black Sabbath Have Ditched Plans To Release A Final Album Before Disbanding.
Earlier this year (15), the group's frontman Ozzy Osbourne revealed he was planning to hit the studio to record new material with Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi for a 2016 album, prior to the band's farewell tour.
The record would be a follow-up to Black Sabbath's 13, which became a huge chart hit in 2013, but Osbourne has now confirmed to Nola.com that the album plans have been dropped.
"It's the end of Sabbath, believe me," he says. "In December, I'll be f**king 68 and I think it's time to call it the end of the day. I'm not saying I won't get on stage with Geezer or Tony (Iommi) or any of them some time, but officially we're going to be done.
Continue reading: Black Sabbath Ditch Plans For 13 Follow-up
Black Sabbath's bassist and long-serving Gibson guitar player Tony Iommi will be honoured with the Gibson Les Paul Award at the Q Awards tonight (19.10.15).
Black Sabbath's legendary guitarist Tony Iommi will receive the Gibson Les Paul Award at the 2015 Q Awards.
The heavy metal pioneer - who's played a Gibson guitar for the duration of his career - is receiving the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music, pop culture and as part of the 100th-anniversary celebrations of the birth of Les Paul guitars.
In a statement, Tony said: ''I'm very honoured to receive the Les Paul Award, so many thanks to Q magazine and Gibson - I have a long history with the guitar-maker.''
Continue reading: Tony Iommi Receives Gibson Les Paul Award At Q Awards
Black Sabbath Star Tony Iommi And Fellow Guitar Greats Steve Vai And Zakk Wylde Will Front Next Year's (16) Annual Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp In Los Angeles.
Drummer Carl Palmer and former Allman Brothers star Warren Haynes will also be on hand to offer advice and encouragement to wannabe rockers at the 20th anniversary event in February (16).
The four-day camp will culminate with campers and their bands performing at the fabled Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
Iommi, who will embark on Black Sabbath's farewell tour in January (16), says, "I've really enjoyed working with the students at Coventry University (in the U.K.) and the Guitar Star contestants in England, so I'm looking forward to meeting some more enthusiastic players at the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood."
Continue reading: Tony Iommi & Steve Vai To Headline Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp 2016
Rocker Tony Iommi Has Confessed His Cancer Battle Is The Reason Next Year's (16) The End Tour Will Be Black Sabbath's Last - Because He Fears His Concert Trekking Days Are Almost Over.
The guitar great tells Britain's Birmingham Mail he's beginning to feel the affects of old age after fighting lymphoma for much of the band's reunion.
He says, "I can't actually do this anymore. My body won't take it much more."
Iommi has won the first round of his battle with the disease, but it has left the musician weak - and he's certain the cancer will return.
Continue reading: Tony Iommi: 'I Only Have One More World Tour In Me'
Date of birth
19th February, 1948
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RT @MohdOsama83: @tonyiommi and @OzzyOsbourne killing it @BlackSabbath last ever tour in Australia ! #theendtour #BlackSabbath https://t.c…
A day off in Sydney seemed more like work to me! @GZRMusic @OzzyOsbourne https://t.co/1VHI8qXrD8
Guess who's in Sydney! https://t.co/zEkRv0Wy8Q
RT @RossHalfin: Soundcheck - Melbourne Rod Laver Arena .. @BlackSabbath @GZRMusic and @tonyiommi https://t.co/3RCSXbzoGU
Man in action in Adelaide. https://t.co/Ren3OxVvH6
Getting over the jet lag in Perth. https://t.co/kluaTSwJUO
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RIP Cozy. Miss you, mate.
Many thanks to everyone who came last night, I really enjoyed it. And of course, many thanks to Gary. https://t.co/FGtqPeYNCe
RT @BlackSabbath: Rocket engines burning fuel so fast Up into the night sky they blast Photo: @RossHalfin https://t.co/y5kPn6qGPy https://…
RT @OzzyOsbourne: Last show of the 1st N. American leg is Mon in Vancouver, BC at @RogersArena Next up: Australia! Photo: Ross Halfin http…
Another snap from New York. https://t.co/pscd2QBpdq
Was it something I said? https://t.co/9pFvtVpwyp
.@RossHalfin took this one during the soundcheck at Madison Square Garden. https://t.co/c8x18GwTuc
RT @GZRMusic: Soundcheck at Madison Square Garden with @tonyiommi. Photo @RossHalfin https://t.co/kbK5M5FaL4
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes. I wish I could say thank you to everyone, but there's just too many.
RT @RockFantasyCamp: Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath jams with campers at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. @tonyiommi @BlackSabbath @TheRealPhilX ht…