And Finally

Birmingham should make more of Sabbath reunion, councillor says

By | Published on Wednesday 1 February 2012

Black Sabbath

A Birmingham councillor is urging his colleagues that the city should celebrate and possibly cash in on the fact the original Black Sabbath line up is playing the Download Festival in the Midlands this June. Sabbath, he says, are one of Birmingham’s most famous exports, and this year’s reunion event should be marked in some way.

In a report called ‘Destination Birmingham’, Councillor Philip Parkin writes: “Black Sabbath’s reunion and their agreement to headline Download Festival in June is an opportunity we should not miss. Early discussions are taking place about how best the city should celebrate this and the council should be supporting any celebrations”.

Talking to the Birmingham Post, he added: “The report is saying that Black Sabbath reforming is significant, Black Sabbath are huge and metal is huge. Given this, it is us saying to the council that we need to celebrate the fact these people come from Birmingham. We could hold a civic event and potentially invite the band along to say thank you from Birmingham for the contribution they’ve made to music in our city”.

As previously reported, Black Sabbath plan to continue work on a new album and to perform at Download despite guitarist Tony Iommi being diagnosed with cancer. He plans to undergo treatment while also working with his former bandmates.