Black Sabbath / Heaven & Hell
Tony Iommi is synonymous with heavy metal music, more or less having invented the genre with the dark and doom of Black Sabbath. By 1967, Tony had played with several blues-based rock bands and formed the group Earth with three old acquaintances from his school days, bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer John “Ozzy” Osbourne. After recording and touring with the Dio version of Black Sabbath and a late 90’s reunion with the Ozzy-era Sabbath lineup, Tony issued his first true solo release in the form of 2000's Iommi. The 10-track record, which was well received by both the press and the public, featured many of rock's top vocalists such as Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, Phil Anselmo, Ozzy Osbourne and others. In 2006, Dio-era Sabbath returned as Heaven and Hell. After touring extensively, the band released 2009’s The Devil You Know and continued playing live shows up until the unfortunate passing of the late, great Ronnie James Dio.