“I’m honored”: Tony Iommi walks onstage to play Paranoid at the Black Sabbath ballet – and the entire ensemble bows at his feet

Tony Iommi makes a surprise appearance onstage at the Black Sabbath Ballet in Birmingham, UK
(Image credit: Katja Ogrin / Stringer / Getty Images)

The Black Sabbath Ballet opened on Friday (September 23) at the Hippodrome in the metal legends’ hometown of Birmingham, UK, only for the lucky attendees to be treated to a surprise guest appearance from Tony Iommi.

Iommi joined the ensemble onstage to play guitar for the ballet’s closing performance of Black Sabbath classic Paranoid, performing in front of a star-studded first night crowd that included the likes of fellow local heroes Robert Plant and ELO/one-time Sabbath drummer Bev Bevan.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor 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.