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A new exhibition has arrived at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery that celebrates 50 years of Brummie band Black Sabbath, the development of Heavy Metal and their fans.

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From humble beginnings in 1960’s Aston to worldwide fame, Black Sabbath have sold over 70 million records worldwide and the Home of Metal Presents: Black Sabbath 50 Years exhibition focuses on the four founding members of the band – singer Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi (guitar), Bill Ward (drums) and Geezer Butler (bass) – celebrating their musical achievements with memorabilia, personal stories and collections from their 50 year legacy.

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Fans will be taken on a journey throughout the band’s history, exploring the individual stories of the original members with archive pictures of their childhood in Aston and the metal factories in which they worked, (and what caused Tony Iommi to lose two of his fingertips), instruments, posters, concert programmes, album covers, clothing, handwritten lyrics and lots of opportunities to listen to some of the band’s greatest hits. Also on display is a customised Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the studio from Tony Iommi’s house in 2011 (where their last album was recorded) and an interactive guitar section in which the public are invited to play.

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The exhibition is also a celebration of the diversity and loyalty of Black Sabbath fans, including a wall display of over 3000 fan portraits from around the world, fan collections and a recreation of Superfan Stephen Knowles’s living room, complete with his favourite memorabilia. Geezer Butler said:

I’ve always maintained that Sabbath fans are the most loyal and honest and most independently minded of all. I thank each and every one of them for their incredible support over the years.

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Black Sabbath 50 Years is open from Wednesday 26th June to Sunday 29th September at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Gas Hall on Edmund Street and is the perfect day out for any Heavy Metal fan.

Tickets cost £12.00 for adults and £7.00 for children. Advanced booking is advised, but tickets may be purchased on the door at the museum.

Black Sabbath 50 Years is an exhibition by Capsule, presented in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust.

Home of Metal is working in association with venues, artists and organisations to offer a unique events programme throughout the city from June until September. For more information, visit here:  www.homeofmetal.com/events