Tony Iommi shares excitement for Black Sabbath ballet: “It doesn’t come any more unpredictable than this”

Pirouettes to Paranoid incoming.

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A Black Sabbath-themed ballet show is coming to Birmingham, UK later this year, and Tony Iommi has shared his excitement for the upcoming event.

Black Sabbath – The Ballet will be hosted at the Birmingham Hippodrome in the band’s home city for five shows in September 2023, before moving around to other venues across England.

The showcase is set to feature eight classic Sabbath songs adapted for the stage, these are Paranoid, Iron Man, War Pigs, Black Sabbath, Solitude, Laguna Sunrise and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

In a statement (via Ultimate Classic Rock), Iommi said: “I’m looking forward to seeing how this all develops.”

He continued, “Black Sabbath have always been innovators and never been predictable, and it doesn’t come any more unpredictable than this. I’d never imagined pairing Black Sabbath with ballet, but it’s got a nice ring to it!

“I performed alongside some of the dancers at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony and they had an incredible energy, so I’m happy to go along for the ride with them, and see you on the other side.”

The show was commissioned by Birmingham Royal Ballet director Carlos Acosta, who has reportedly met Iommi on several occasions. “Black Sabbath is probably Birmingham’s biggest export, the most famous (and infamous) cultural entity to ever emerge from the city,” he said.

“So I was naturally drawn to the idea of a collaboration between what most people might think are the most unlikely of partners. The band’s enthusiasm for the project is a huge endorsement.”

Get tickets and find out more at BirminghamHippodrome.com.

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