Black Sabbath Triumph At Rock Awards
Brum group Black Sabbath picked up three gongs at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony earlier this month.
The 70s group, which now consists of members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi won the ‘Living Legend’ award, ‘Album Of The Year’ for ‘13’ and ‘Event Of The year’ which celebrated them hitting the No.1 spot around the world, including their biggest ever hit in the US, after 43 years. By picking up the 'Living Legend' title, the group joined the likes of previous winner’s ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop.
Ozzy described the multiple win as a ‘shock’, adding “I never thought I would be standing here, what, 45 years later? It’s an incredible event for us all, it’s been an incredible year, after I spent all those earlier ones trying to kill myself.” Guitarist Tony Iommi continued with the tour despite receiving treatment for cancer recently, saying “thanks for everything – it’s great to see all these faces old and new.”
The ‘Album Of The Year’ win was perhaps the most special for the group as it was one of the five categories which was voted for by Classic Rock readers. The others included ‘Best New Band’ which went to Temperance Movement, ‘Band Of The Year’ which went to The Rolling Stones, ‘Re-Issue Of The Year’ went to legends Fleetwood Mac for ‘Rumours - 35th Anniversary Edition’ and ‘Film Of The Year’ which was awarded to Led Zeppelin for ‘Celebration Day’.
Classic Rock Magazine’s editor-in-chief Scott Rowley said: “This year's winners are a who's-who of British pioneers, from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, the Stones and Fleetwood Mac winning the popular vote to John Mayall, Mott The Hoople and Wilko Johnson honoured in our special awards. And with the Temperance Movement and Virginmarys coming through there's still hope for the future of British rock too.”