Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been appointed Visiting Professor Of Music at England’s Coventry University, which awarded him with an Honorary Doctorate Of Arts in November last year for his outstanding contribution to global music. Iommi began his first official engagement as professor on campus last month, touring the performing arts department’s facilities and spending the afternoon talking to students and staff about his 50-year career in the music business.
Iommi told us not long ago that determination has always been the key to his success and longevity:
“I’ve always been the same. I always have to try to get over that barrier, whatever it may be, and do it, you know. And that’s continued in what I do with the music. People have said over the years, ‘Well, why do you still keep playing and why do you still hold Black Sabbath together through the different lineups?’ Because I’m determined to do it, I’m determined to carry on. And it’s been with everything like that.”
- Dr. Geoff Willcocks, Coventry University’s Director Of Arts And Culture, said: “To watch Tony interact with the students was an absolute privilege. He was incredibly generous and open with them about all aspects of his work.”
- Department of Performing Arts head Dr. Sara Reed said, “It is a tremendous honor to have Tony here with us as a Visiting Professor. His huge wealth of experience and musical knowledge is beyond value to our students.”
- Iommi is expected to return to campus this fall to work directly with students on their songwriting and composition skills.
- Iommi has battled cancer since early 2012, shortly after Sabbath announced a reunion album and tour.
- The album, 13, came out in June 2013 and earned the band its first Number One record in America, as well as its first in the U.K. since 1971.
- Sabbath’s successful world tour in support of 13 will come to a close on July 4th with a massive gig at London’s Hyde Park.