Anthony 'Tony' Iommi is unquestionably one of the greatest guitarist
in Heavy-Metal history; born on February 19, 1948, in Birmingham, ENGLAND;
he began to play the guitar as a teenager but in an industrial accident
in his youth, he lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right
hand. His friends and his boss encouraged him to pick up the guitar again;
this time, he strung his guitars with extra-light strings and soft plastic
tips attached to the ends of his fingers.
Iommi's big break came when he was asked to play with Jethro Tull, but however after only one performance the guitarist was back with John 'Ozzy' Osbourne, Terence 'Geezer' Butler and drummer William 'Bill' Ward in Earth; the group later renamed themselves to Black Sabbath achieving enormous popular success all over the globe.
In 1986, Tony Iommi attempted his first solo album, "Seventh Star",
but the record company forced him to release the disc under the Sabbath
By 2000 it was announced that Iommi had signed to Sharon Osbourne's Divine Recordings label, who released his first proper solo album, in October that same year, the set featured several guest vocalists including Pantera's Phil Anselmo, Billy Corgan, Billy Idol and even Ozzy Osbourne, among others; Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed on "Goodbye Lament" which cracked the top 10 of The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, "Iommi" hit #3 on The Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums list.
In autumn 2004 was released "The 1996 Dep Sessions", this album was originally recorded in 1996, but had not got an official release, all the tracks on it were written by Iommi and vocalist+bassist Glenn Hughes.
Iommi released his third solo album, "Fused", in July , 2005, also with Glenn Hughes on vocals, the CD included the album-Rock radio hit "Dopamine".