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Black Sabbath boys are moarning their Geoff...

 

The funeral of former Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls will be held at Yardley Cemetery And Crematorium in Birmingham, England on Monday, February 20 at 1:45 p.m. The wake afterwards will be held at Yardley Ex Service Mens' Club, which is situated close by to where the service is to be held.

Nicholls died on January 28 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 68 years old

Geoff, who played keyboards on all of Sabbath's albums between 1980 and 1995 and toured with them, was reportedly in remission from cancer at the time of his death but succumbed to the side effects of chemotherapy.

Nicholls's first appearance on a Sabbath album was on 1980's "Heaven And Hell". Although his main role with Sabbath was on the keyboard,

Nicholls also played some rhythm guitar at concerts. In addition to not always being credited as a full member of the band, Nicholls rarely appeared on stage during the shows and would instead play on the side of the stage or backstage.

Nicholls's involvement with the band ended when Adam Wakeman (a member of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band) was chosen to play keyboards during Sabbath's 2004 and 2005 tours as part of Ozzfest.

Nicholls also played keyboards with former Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin in his band Tony Martin's Headless Cross, and performed on both of Martin's solo albums.

Before joining Black Sabbath, Nicholls was member of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) band QUARTZ, whose 1977 debut album was produced by Iommi. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Geoff played lead guitar for the Birmingham band Johnny Neil And The Starliners.

The boys dedicated Snowblind to their fallen brother:


Blabbermouth.net, 2 February 2017

 

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