Iommi Addresses Black Sabbath's Occult Imagery

(Classic Rock) Tony Iommi has rejected the suggestion that Black Sabbath's dark imagery is "disingenuous" and designed to be nothing more than a "cheap thrill" for fans. And he says his biggest regret about the band's career is the years they used cocaine, which eventually resulted in the firing of Ozzy Osbourne.

Asked if the band's Satanic overtones came about, Iommi tells the BBC: "When we did the first album the record company did the cover, and that's what done it � the inside was an upside-down cross and that's what started everybody off."

The guitarist denies the suggestion that the imagery is simply misleading, saying: "We believe in what we did. You can only judge by: we've been in it for 45 years. You answer it."

Sabbath have been linked to murders and suicides by the mainstream press for decades, with bassist Geezer Butler's lyrics frequently cited as inspiration for criminal acts. But Iommi says: "It was creating music, and that's all I do. I don't create anything to destroy people or to upset anybody. It's helped more people." more on this story

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