On March 10th 1973, when I was 15 years old, I went to Liverpool Stadium and saw Black Sabbath on their Volume 4 tour (supported by Badger and Necromandus). I even had the poster, but my parents threw all my early concert memorabilia away when I left home – programmes, drumsticks, ticket stubs, posters – tragic, the archive would have been so much richer if all those memories and artefacts had survived.
This is some recently discovered footage of Black Sabbath from a German documentary that is apparently talking about how bands get paid too much money! An odd, rare snippet with high quality sound for Sabbath fans everywhere.
If that isn’t enough, I have also posted a concert from 1970 in Paris or Brussels. I know very little about it and opinion differs, but it seems to be a co-production between RTB & ORTF and they were the French and Belgian Public Broadcasting networks of the day. It was shown on British TV (Yorkshire Televison) in two parts as Rock Of The Seventies. (The following week it was Van Der Graaf Generator).
Whilst watching this footage, note the tips of left-handed guitarist, Tony Iommi’s fingers – he lost them whilst working in a factory as a teenager. If he had lost his fingers completely, there would have been no Black Sabbath and probably no Ozzy – one simply can’t imagine!
Black Sabbath will be the star attraction at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg – June 4th-7th 2014.