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Guitar Greats: Tony Iommi

There are many "triumph from tragedy" stories in rock, but the one the probably changed the game the most was Tony Iommi's

Losing the tips of his middle and ring finger in a freak factory accident, Iommi was forced to completely change the way he played, and in the process became a heavy metal pioneer.

He played dark...

He sounded sinister...

He was, and is, one of the baddest guitarists in rock.

Never before have we ever been so thankful for a factory accident.

Tony Iommi performing on stage as 'Earth.'

 

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath performs on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 17th February 1972.

 

Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne performing live onstage December 1st, 1973.

 

Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1976.

 

Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath performs live on stage at the Ernst Merck Halle in Hamburg, Germany as part of the 'Technical Ecstasy' tour on April 18 1977.

 

Tony Iommi performing with 'Black Sabbath' at the Day on the Green at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on July 27, 1980.

 

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath performs in concert on October 29, 1983 in New York City.

 

Tony Iommi performing live onstage at Live Aid.

 

Tony Iommi performing with Black Sabbath, Seville Spain, 1991.

 

Tony Iommi performing live onstage in 1997.

 

Tony Iommi performing live onstage on Ozzfest tour 2001.

 

Tony Iommi and Heaven and Hell perform in support of the bands 'Heaven and Hell - Live 2007' release at the HP Pavilion on April 24, 2007 in San Jose, California.

 

Tony Iommi at 2012 Lollapalooza at Grant Park on August 3, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Tony Iommi during Black Sabbath's '13' Tour at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 4, 2013 in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath onstage at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on March 31, 2014 in New York City.

 

Tony Iommi from the band Black Sabbath poses with his guitar 'Epiphone SG Signiture' during his visit at the 'Frankfurter Musikmesse' on April 17, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Tony Iommi performs with Black Sabbath onstage at Madison Square Garden on February 25, 2016 in New York City.