Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi tells Scotland’s Metal Hammer magazine that his band’s July 4 gig at the Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park may be its last.
“It could be the last ever Sabbath show. I don’t want it to be, but there’s nothing really planned touring-wise after that show. To be honest, I don’t want to be touring to this extent much longer because it makes me feel so bad,” Iommi said.
The 66-year-old Iommi has battled lymphoma the last couple years. He completed his treatments in March and will see his doctors in July after the band’s current tour. He’ll undergo test at that time to see if further treatment will be required.
Other acts performing at the Barclaycard music fest include Tom Jones, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and Motorhead.
GEORGE HARRISON GUITAR SELLS HUGE
A black and white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 six-string electric guitar played by George Harrison on The Beatles iconic October 1963 recording of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “This Boy” has been sold for $657,000 at an auction in New York City by Julien’s Auctions.
Harrison was the first Beatle to travel to America in September 1963, when he visited his sister, Louise, in Illinois. He bought the guitar in Mount Vernon, Ill., during that visit.
Other items sold during the auction of rock music memorabilia included a doodle drawn by John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their 1969 anti-Vietnam War bed-in in Montreal that fetched $187,000 and a Hoffner bass rented by Paul McCartney during the mid-60’s that sold for $125,000.
Sir Paul hits the U.S. for two dozen concert beginning on June 14 beginning in Lubbock, Texas. He plays 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Aug. 10 and wraps the tour with a historic show on Aug. 14 at 73,000-seat Candlestick Park in San Francisco, site of The Beatles final concert on Aug. 29, 1966.
FRANKIE VALLI TO HEADLINE BIG 4TH OF JULY CONCERT
Frankie Valli, who turned 80 earlier this month, isn’t slowing down, nor is his popularity diminishing. Valli has been named headliner at the big “Capitol 4th” concert and fireworks spectacular at Washington D.C.’s National Mall on July 4.
The show draws hundreds of thousands of picnicking concertgoers each year and is broadcast live annually on PBS. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Valli, who is making a fortune as producer of the Broadway musical, “Jersey Boys” that is based on his group, The Four Seasons, said he has no plans to retire.
Valli and The Four Seasons were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. During the 60’s, they notched four No. 1 singles, including three of their first four 45s, “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” During that decade, they hit the Top 10 14 times.
Also performing will be The National Symphony Orchestra under the direction pops conductor Jack Everly, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band.
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