Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Didn't Know He Invented Heavy Metal

06/24/2011
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(Rock News Desk) Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi says he was surprised when he first heard the band referred to as a heavy metal act because he always thought they were a hard rock outfit. But he's proud of the label after having lived with it for 40 years.

"I wasn't familiar with the term for quite a few years. I always looked at what we did as heavy rock," Iommi tells the BBC. "It was first mentioned to me by a journalist from a well-known magazine. He said, 'Oh, you play heavy metal.' I said, 'What? What's that?' He said, 'Well, that's what you play.'

"I'd been in America for quite a while and I'd never heard the term. But ever since that it's been non-stop. I still think we're heavy rock, but you are put in a bag. I'm quite proud of it now." more on this story

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