While back in 2017, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi told us his first impressions of Ozzy and the rest of the band.

The 72-year-old said: “At school Ozzy and I didn’t really associate because he was a year younger than me. He was a pain to be honest and I probably was too. I liked Bill, who I was in a band with before Sabbath – I really got on well with him.

“I thought Geezer was a nutter to be honest because he played in this all-nighter club in Birmingham. He used to climb up the walls and we thought, ‘Blimey, he’s a weird bloke.’

“Little did we know we were going to end up in a band together. Weird combination, but it worked. It didn’t at first for the first few shows though. Bill and myself used to live up in Carlisle, so we did some shows up there through our agent there. But they didn’t particularly like us. This one bloke comes up after a show and says, ‘Your singer’s crap!’”


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