Guitar legend launches exhibition

By on 23/06/2011 in Culture, News
  • WHAT: Tony Iommi, lead guitarist with Black Sabbath, attends the launch of the Home of Metal exhibition.  
  • WHERE: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Gas Hall.
  • WHEN: Thursday 23rd June 2011
  • TIME: 4pm - interviews on request

Tony Iommi, legendary lead guitarist with Black Sabbath, will officially launch the Home of Metal exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery  on Thursday 23 June. The exhibition is a celebration of the music born in Birmingham and the Black Country which is now a global phenomenon.

A founding member of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential guitarists in heavy metal music. Amongst the critical praise that he has received, Rob Halford, vocalist for Judas Priest, described him as “the man who invented the heavy metal riff”.

Informed by original band artefacts and materials from the Home of Metal digital archive, this exhibition brings together iconic items such as Black Sabbath's Mob Rules stage cross, stage costumes belonging to Tony Iommi and Judas Priest front man Rob Halford and handwritten Napalm Death lyrics as well as unseen memorabilia sourced directly from the fans.

The show explores the ingredients that together made Heavy Metal, offering an insight into the region's industrial history, the early blues-rock sound, the changing music industry, DIY politics as well as Heavy Metal's global impact.

Home of Metal is a celebration of the music that was born in Birmingham and the Black Country, a project created and produced by Capsule, bringing people together to share their passion and exploring themes of Heavy Metal through exhibitions, film screenings, live events, a conference and family friendly activities.

For booking and for further information please visit www.bmag.org.uk or call 0121 303 1966. Tickets: adults £6, children (5 – 14) £4, senior citizens (60+) £4, income support/unwaged £3 and family (up to 2 adults, 2 children) £12, under 5s free.  

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

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