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Why Tony Iommi Is Such A Legend

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi turns 69 today (February 19), and it goes without saying he’s one of rock’s most iconic axe men.  It doesn’t hurt that he also has one of the most incredible backstories, too.

Part of what makes Iommi’s legend so incredible is the tragic story of how he lost the tips of two of his fingers and how that unfortunate incident led to him creating a new style of guitar playing, which inevitably became the building blocks of heavy metal.

Check out this awesome video with narration from Iommi himself, where you’ll also learn what other instrument he played before picking up a guitar.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)