Fresh on the heels of Julie Walter’s accepting the offer of a star (date to be confirmed), the Broad Street Business Improvement District is delighted to announce that Heaven and Hell guitarist, founding member of Black Sabbath, Grammy Award winner and king of heavy metal Tony Iommi will be honoured on the Broad Street Walk of Star’s on Sunday 23rd November 2008.
Following an afternoon of live music from local bands on the stage in Centenary Square ‘Kerrang Radio’ presenter Johnny Doom will host the evening, with the presentation of the star taking place at 6.30pm.
Born in Aston , Birmingham , guitarist and songwriter Tony is best known as the founding member of pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, and more of less single-handedly inventing the heavy rock music genre. Iommi is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential guitarists in rock music and is widely considered to be the man who invented the heavy metal riff.
Iommi has released over 30 albums with Black Sabbath, 2 solo albums, has sold over 80 million copies and is the recipient of 20 platinum and 14 gold albums. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005, and in March 2006 into New York’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Currently working on a new studio album with Heaven and Hell in America Tony is thrilled to return home to accept his Walk of Star honour; “It’s great – it’s really an honour – I’m really proud of it … I was shocked! It’s so nice to have things like that! I’ve got one out in LA but I’m not from LA – It’s so nice being recognised in your home town”.
Mike Olley, Broad Street Manager, said “We are delighted to be welcoming Tony onto the Broad Street Walk of Star’s. The contribution he has made to rock music deserves to be honoured and we are excited he has agreed to give us the opportunity to do so”.
If you were to poll the average comic reader, and ask them who the biggest asshole in comics today is, 9 out of 10, would like respond, Tony Stark, a.k.a, Iron Man.
Lucky for this movie watcher, Marvel’s latest big screen sensation, Iron Man doesn’t dabble with the character’s current history, but does do a pretty solid job portraying Tony Stark, and his origin of Iron Man.
When I first read that Robert Downey Jr. was cast as the millionaire, playboy Tony Stark, I had my doubts that he could pull of the role.
Much to my surprise, and to my liking, Downey does a wonderful job as Stark/Iron Man. Not only does the pull the role off, he actually made me care about the character again. Quite a feat for any actor.
The Iron Man cast also features Gwenyth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Terrence Howard (James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes), and Jeff Bridges (Obadiah Stane). Each one of these actors does a solid job, but Downey Jr. is most certainly the star here.
The special effects are as good as they come, and the music (AC/DC, Black Sabbath) couldn’t be better. The story is good, and the action is fantastic.
Most comic book movies are hit and miss, in the case of Iron Man, Marvel has another sure fire hit on their hands, and easily their best movie since Spider-man.
This is a great film to see on the big screen, and a must see flick for sci-fi and comic book fans everywhere.
Rating: 4 Shellheads out of 5
Ronnie James Dio has to go the head of the class, when it comes to being That Other Guy!
In the case of Dio, his vocals improved the sound of Black Sabbath when he joined the band in 1979! I am looking forward to the band’s new release in 2008, with RJD on vocals.
The video below is from the 2007 Heaven and Hell tour, featuring Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.
If you’ve been wondering what Ronnie is up to, wonder, no longer: After taking some well-deserved time off after last year’s monster Heaven and Hell world tour, Ronnie will be heading off to the UK in March to begin writing the new Heaven and Hell record with the guys.
Tony Iommi will then travel to LA to reunite with Ronnie, Geezer and Vinny to continue working on the record during April and May.
Then, Ronnie will take a break during the summer to play a few special up close and personal dates for the Dio fans.
The following dates have been scheduled so far:
|DIO Summer 2008|
|5/30/2008||Oslo, Norway||Sentrum Scene|
|5/31/2008||Karmoy, Norway||Kopervik Festival|
|6/2/2008||Malmo, Sweden||KB Halle|
|6/7/2008||Lahti, Finland||Water & Rock Festival|
No U.S. dates scheduled sadly, but the promise of new Sabbath tunes is always a good thing!
Check out this High Quality Video of Black Sabbath’s “T.V. Crimes“!