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19th January 2017

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Home Of Metal have been established since 2007 and are dedicated to examining the origins of Heavy Metal and its birthplace in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Over 200,000 people attended Home Of Metal events and activities during the summer of 2011 and these are now elivered across fifteen major arts institutions, including a large-scale exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Exhibits include unseen artefacts, relics, memorabilia and personal stories sourced directly from the fans alongside iconic items from bands including Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Napalm Death.

Home Of Metal was shortlisted for a National Lottery Heritage award, for the title of Best Heritage Project.

Black Sabbath's final UK tour begins this weekend and Home Of Metal will be there at every show to take portraits of the fans coming to pay their final respects to the founding fathers of Metal. They'll be in the foyer of every venue and at Birmingham New Street Station from Thursday February 2nd to Saturday 4th from 3.00 to 7.30pm.

The Birmingham New Street Station stand will also allow fans the chance to have a go on a Gibson guitar and Laney amp, the same set-up that Tony Iommi uses to create his iconic sound, albeit smaller and in practice amp form.

As well as the portraits, Home Of Metal will capture and collate stories that mark this unique moment in history and the content collected will be used to develop an active online archive which will form part of a future exhibition.

To help achieve this, Home Of Metal are asking all fans to contribute to the archive by uploading photos of your related memorabilia to help inform the content of an exhibition that will tour internationally in 2018, followed by a summer season in Birmingham and the Black Country in 2019. Home Of Metal are working towards a permanent collection to celebrate the legacy of Black Sabbath and Birmingham, the birthplace of Metal. Photos can be uploaded at

Tony Iommi said: "An artist or band's success can be measured by their relationship with the fans and the success of the‘Home Of Metal exhibition brought home just how dedicated and loyal ours are. It's always humbling to realise how you've touched people's lives with your music and a project where fans are actively involved would be great.

"Fans are our lifeblood, they've always been there to support us. The audiences have been getting bigger as the tour progressed, it's been amazing."

Ozzy Osbourne said: "It's an honour to be a part of the Home Of Metal. I am just a guy from Birmingham who's been blessed to have had such dedicated fans throughout my career. Like I've always said, I am nothing without them."

Black Sabbath final tour date as follows, with tickets available right here.

January 20th: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
January 22nd: Manchester Arena, Manchester
January 24th: The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
January 26th: First Direct Arena, Leeds
January 29th: The o2, London
January 31st: The o2, London
February 2nd: Genting Arena, Birmingham
February 4th: Genting Arena, Birmingham


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