It's official, Black Sabbath Bridge is a landmark that exists in the city of Birmingham, the band's hometown, and the location of their final concert ever. Guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler were on hand at the unveiling. In coordination with the event, there was also a new exhibition at Home of Metal called "Black Sabbath 50 Years" which runs from Wednesday, June 26 to Sunday, September 29, 2019. It features a ton of cool artwork about the band.
Iommi posted this video from the bridge unveiling:
Fantastic occasion, Birmingham made us very proud!
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) June 26, 2019
Waiting to open the Home Of Metal. pic.twitter.com/10I7AS4PPX
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) June 25, 2019
There were also plans for a bench atop the bridge. Previously we wrote the stainless steel bench will be made in the Jewellery Quarter and will read "Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968." So in the end, Bill Ward finally made it back to Sabbath. BirminghamLive also notes that Black Sabbath will get their own Walk Of Fame stars near the bench as well, saying "Plans to give the band and drummer Bill Ward their own Walk of Stars awards would enable pavement ‘stars’ for all members and the band to be realigned in the shape of a cross in front of the bench."
Consultant Mohammed Osama adds a little more about the project.
"If we get approval, all of the stars will be rearranged and the bridge itself will also be named after the band – the band members and their managements have been in the loop as well. My vision is to reunite the four original members for the unveiling of the stars and ‘Metal Bench’ (the crowning jewel of the whole project). I mean just reunite them together at their hometown, no gigs or anything. Just the four of them being celebrated together at their home town would be the best ending and closure I could possibly think of.”
Check out a mockup of the project below.