Alvin Lee Helped Black Sabbath In The Early Days

(Classic Rock) Tony Iommi has paid tribute to the late Alvin Lee, saying Black Sabbath might never have made it without him � and remembering his horror when he heard the band's name for the first time.

The former Ten Years After frontman died as a result of complications from a routine medical procedure at the age of 68.

While Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and former drummer Bill Ward paid their own tributes last week, Iommi has discussed his memories of Lee in more detail.

"I was extremely saddened to hear of Alvin's death," Iommi told the Birmingham Mail. "It was a great shock. I had not known that he was ill. Alvin was a really great guitar player but, more importantly, has been a good friend of Black Sabbath over the years."

"In the early days, when we were still going by the name of Earth, it was Alvin who helped us get some gigs. He'd been out there a bit before us, and knew the ropes," Iommi said.

"We'd sit and talk the night away at a flat in London. I remember telling him that we were thinking of changing our name to Black Sabbath. He was horrified! He told me we'd never do any good with a name like that." more on this story

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