For more than 30 years, Metal Hammer has been the biggest heavy metal magazine on the planet, and after a turbulent end to 2016, and their resurrection in 2017, they threw the party of all parties for their readers at this year's Golden Gods Awards 2017 in association with Orange Amplification.
Taking place at IndigO2 at The O2, London on Monday, June 12, the 2017 edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards was hosted by WWE megastar and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho, and like all Golden Gods shows, this year's event was all about the fans. There are no tables, no sit-down dinners, no industry backslapping — this is a room full of genuine fans who have voted in their hundreds of thousands to see their favorite bands be victorious. The night celebrated the best of heavy metal from the past twelve months as well as performances from some of the world's most exciting bands.
Guitar legend Tony Iommi was on hand to collect the Golden God award on behalf of Black Sabbath, who brought the curtain down on their 49-year career earlier this year.
Director of Birmingham based Home of Metal Lisa Meyer delivered a powerful speech, and invited on stage the Golden God - One and Only Tony Iommi, accompanied by fan crowd going wild and chanting his name: Tony, Tony, Tony! The images of a rising demon, the same Black Sabbath used at the beginning of their shows during The End tour, are on the screen. Then Tony appeared to fans, accepting the award, and giving a very gentle speech. Iron man blasts, and Tony waves his hand to metalheads.
"Congratulations to Black Sabbath for their Metal Hammer Golden Gods award - it is an absolute honour for us to present the award to Tony Iommi." - said Lisa Meyer.
"For me, every time we get an award it reiterates that people are thinking about you and saying how much they appreciate what we’ve done." - said Tony.
Speaking to Red Carpet News TV Tony stated about Sabbath's final performances:
"I think the whole tour, for us, was great, but the last shows were — because we knew they were gonna be the last shows… it didn't quite sink in properly until sort of afterwards. And even afterwards, because we'd done three days of filming after that for the DVD, so we were still together. But after the three days of filming, that was weird, because we were saying goodbye to each other, and it was really strange. But to see the crowd on those last shows was spectacular. There was people from all over the world and all the emotions coming out. I mean, you could see it from where we were. [It was] fantastic."
Also, Tony Iommi is keen for Black Sabbath to have their own musical. The 69-year-old Guitar God has revealed despite previously shunning the idea of putting their music into a stage show he now has the backing of his bandmates Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler, and it could be something they work on in the future now that they have stopped touring. The 'Paranoid' rocker told The Sun newspaper:
"Years ago we were asked if we would produce our stuff as a musical and we said no, but now it would be nice to see that. I think Ozzy and Geezy are up for it. We've all got life stories which could be musicals."
And fans of the legendary heavy metal group can expect even more from the 'War Pigs' hitmakers as they are also working a documentary and potential live album from their 'The End Tour'.
CONGRATULATIONS, DEAR MASTER, FROM ALL US YOUR DEVOTED DIEHARDS! \m/
Blabbermouth.net, Photo by Katja Ogrin, 13 June 2017