Guitar World Magazine

» Posted on Jan 31, 2015 | 7 comments

Great to see the Guitar World cover and article, I’d almost forgotten we’d done it!


Below is an excerpt from the article.  The magazine itself can be purchased at this link.

In 1971, you released Master of Reality, which saw the band experimenting a bit more with tracks like “Solitude” and the acoustic instrumental “Orchid.” Tony, had you always played acoustic or did you pick it up around that time?

TONY IOMMI No, I never played acoustic that much at all really. I don’t even remember where we did that track, to be honest. I think the idea on the album was to have a bit of light and shade and relax it from the heavier stuff.

Speaking of heavier stuff, what were you coughing on during that intro to “Sweet Leaf”?

IOMMI [laughs] I choked me bloody self! It wasn’t intended to happen, and it wasn’t supposed to be on the track. We were in the studio tracking that song, and Ozzy gave me a joint and I nearly choked myself. The tape was on, so of course they wanted to use it to begin the track.


  1. Tony, I have been a fan since around 1979, I have always admired your passion for the band. The cancer has had an impact on your life, but you know what, you just keep going. Inspiration to us all.

  2. I could not wait for it. I knew everything you guys have to tell. Being a fan for

    40 years there is not much I do not have knowledge of. I would like to meet

    and tell me more (check out guitars and basses) seen the one at the Hard

    Rock in NY. Love ya stay healthy and keep playin for one more tour

    SEE YA,


    P.S. Seen you 8 times remember Harveys Lake,PA

  3. Great material, glad to have a copy. Guitar World’s ranking of Sabbath’s 30 best songs is a joke, though. Snowblind at #20? War Pigs at #10? Children of the Grave at #17? Give me a break. Such rankings, to be sure, will always be a matter of personal taste; but this is a little silly. Methinks they didn’t want to appear predictable by having the obvious choices at the top of the list. In this, they were totally predictable.


  5. I hope to see you guys one more time and I will be touched and very sad. I

    love you guys and would love to meet somewhere somehow. Seen the 13 tour

    awesome had tears in my eyes. Fan since 1973 and still going.

    Love ya Tony,

    Stay Healthy


  6. sabbath fan forever ,your guitar playing mesmerizes me no matter what you play!Was in my glory at Mohegan Sun in front row watchin you play and hearing SABBATH 13 live was AWESOME!!! Would love to see you guys again thanks for the great music MR IRON MAN


    love ya toni


  7. Gonna miss you Tony, Hope you stay cancer free… Enjoy retirement bloke……

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