“An official Vampire now”: Tony Iommi played Paranoid with Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper at The Hollywood Vampires’ recent UK show

Tony Iommi, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry perform Paranoid with The Hollywood Vampires
(Image credit: John Gibbin / YouTube)

Tony Iommi was the guest of honor at supergroup The Hollywood Vampires’ recent Birmingham, UK show (July 11) – joining fellow guitarists Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Tommy Henriksen onstage for a performance of Black Sabbath classic Paranoid.

The metal guitar legend lives in West Midlands of the UK, still within striking distance of the city he’s always called home. Iommi’s been off the road for a while now, but judging from his fine fretwork in the footage, seems to have enjoyed the chance to jump onstage and flex his chops again.

The Hollywood Vampires are based around a core lineup of Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen and Alice Cooper and have no shortage of famous friends, but even the celebrity supergroup seems a little awed by Iommi’s presence.

Fan footage caught the final minutes of Iommi’s appearance at the city’s Utilita Arena and in the clip above you can hear Cooper tell Iommi: “[You’re] an official Vampire now! Thank you so much. It’s a great honor of ours to have you up here.”

Later, Cooper took to Instagram to share pictures of the band hanging out with Iommi backstage.

Outside of touring life, Iommi has had plenty to occupy himself, of course. There’s reportedly a new solo album in the works, an appearance in a documentary on riffs and he recently became an old fossil – after a 469 million year-old condodont species was named after him... 

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Matt Parker

Matt is a staff writer for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.