Black Sabbath are getting to monuments in their hometown: a bridge named after the band and a “metal bench.”
Birmingham is about to get (even more) tourism from metal fans.
The Birmingham Mail reports that the band’s hometown of Birmingham has plans to honor them in two ways.
First, the city is renaming a bridge on Broad Street to “the Black Sabbath Bridge.”
The city council also announced a “Metal Bench” that include images of all four members, plus their names and the band’s formation year. “Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968,” a sign one the bench will read.
According to the Birmingham Mail, an announcement about the bench will coincide with two other ceremonies. Drummer Bill Ward will be the last member to receive a Walk of Stars award. Plus, Sabbath is getting one as a group, as well.
The newspaper notes that, after both awards are given out, the city would be able to realign all the band members’ stars in the shape of a cross. That, of course, would be done in front of the bench.
Sabbath’s founding member and mainstay lead guitarist shared the story and added, “This is Birmingham’s unique Black Sabbath tribute.”
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) November 13, 2018
Iommi was criticized by bandmate Ozzy Osbourne in an interview Rolling Stone shared earlier today. According to the vocalist, the musicians wouldn’t let him “have fun” on the veteran group’s farewell tour last year.
“It’s not allowed to have fucking fun with Sabbath,” the singer says. “It’s too serious. Tony [Iommi] was trying to have a go at me, saying, ‘Don’t fucking talk over my solos.’
“I’m not a serious fucking singer,” declares Ozzy. “I’m just a front man who’s trying to get the crowd going in front.”