The UK Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame heavy metal band Black Sabbath burst onto the Birmingham, England music scene in 1968. Since those early days, the band has sold over 70 million albums and entertained millions of metal fans.
On February 9 Birmingham is honouring their native sons with the most unusual artifact – a steel bench emblazoned with the images of the band’s original members.
The bridge that spans Broad Street has also been named after the rockers and the new bench will eventually make its way to that bridge.
Westside Business improvement District Manager Mike Olley spoke on the upcoming event saying, “we’re wo excited to be arranging this spectacular event when we expect Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward to accept the bench; honouring what’s arguable Birmingham’s most famous band.”
Drummer Bill Ward will receive an additional honour when he receives a Star on the Walk of Stars. Five stars – one for each original band member and one for the band – will be realigned into a cross to lie at the ground by the bench on the Black Sabbath Bridge.
The ceremony will be held at St. Luke’s Church on Gas Street but space is very limited and only 350 seats are available. Tickets are £12 each and ans are encouraged to act quickly in order to get a seat.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Westside Charitable Endeavour which is dedicated to recording historical attributes.
Feature photo credit: By Vertigo Records – itemfrontback, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43431612