Media call: Black Sabbath cross on show in Birmingham

By on 07/06/2011 in Culture, News
  • WHAT:  Arrival at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery of a giant 8 feet tall cross that was used as part of the stage set for Black Sabbath's 1981 world tour. 
  • WHERE: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Gas Hall.
  • WHEN: Wednesday 8th June 2011
  • TIME: 11am

A giant cross that was a central feature of Black Sabbath's stage set for their 1981 -82 Mob Rules World Tour is to be one of the key items on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery's 'Home of Metal' exhibition (June 18 – September 25).

The 8 feet tall metal cross, which was illuminated by 60 lights, was hung high above the stage during Black Sabbath's 1981-1982 world tour in support of the bands 'Mob Rules' album. 

The cross, which was discovered in a back garden, was acquired by PMT (Professional Music Technology) store in Birmingham in 2009.  The cross was then restored by Specialz, a locally based show and event design house, who have manufactured stage sets for, amongst others, U2, Girls Aloud and AC/DC.  The rebuilt cross has since been placed on display in Birmingham's PMT store. 

Amongst the other iconic items on display in the exhibition will be a specially designed leather jacket and waistcoat worn by Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford during the 'Painkiller' World Tour of 1991, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath's personal signature Gibson SG guitar and handwritten Napalm Death lyrics.

For further information on the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and to book tickets for the Home of Metal exhibition please visit www.bmag.org.uk or call 0121 303 1966. 

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Media Contact: Jason Lewis: jason_lewis@birmingham.gov.uk – tel: 0121 303 4266

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