Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Receiving Honorary Degree from UK University

The co-founder and lead guitarist of legendary rock band, Black Sabbath, will receive an honorary degree from Coventry University next Tuesday, November 19.

According to the BBC, Tony Iommi will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts for what the university describes as his “contribution to the world of popular music and his role as one of the founding fathers of heavy metal.”

Iommi founded Black Sabbath in 1968 alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

 “It’s a great honor to receive the doctorate,” Iommi said (via BBC).  “I’d like to thank everyone at Coventry University for my nomination and look forward to meeting them at the ceremony.”

Following the graduation, Iommi will meet up with Black Sabbath in Helsinki, Finland for the start of their European tour, which they are playing in support of their latest studio album, 13.

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