Black Sabbath frontman impresses all

A BLACK Sabbath legend has entranced two generations of music fans in Suffolk with a thrash course in the life of a rock and roll star.

A BLACK Sabbath legend has entranced two generations of music fans in Suffolk with a thrash course in the life of a rock and roll star.

Former frontman Tony Martin opened the box on his glamorous past to more than 70 children and adults during a three-hour show at Planet Music in Martlesham on Friday.

The 51-year-old, who performed six world tours with the iconic Birmingham-based band, kicked things off with a live set of classic Sabbath tracks, with three tutors from Planet Music stepping in as backing musicians.

He then played videos from his days with Sabbath, gave singing lessons and guitar demonstrations and warned of the dangers of drug-taking.


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Planet Music director Matthew Long said: “Some of the students were quite shocked by how good he was on the guitar.

“He also advised them about the pitfalls of taking drugs. He warned them to stick to the music and keep their eye on the ball. He said the music should be enough. It is a buzz in itself.”

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Martin, who lives in the West Midlands, agreed to do the show after popping in for a cup of tea while his wife visited a specialist back clinic nearby.

Mr Long said: “It was great for us to have someone of that level in our warehouse. We had a lot of excited children as well as parents trying to relive their rock past.

“One man cycled about seven miles to get an autograph. I am going to try to get some more stars to put on shows like that.”

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