Today Tony Iommi was given an honorary doctorate from Coventry University. The degree was, in the words of the university, “in recognition of his contribution to the world of popular music”. Tony left from the school and went straight to the airport to head for Helsinki for the European Black Sabbath tour.
Tony himself had this to say about the award..
Another milestone in an amazing year! I’d like to thank Dr Geoff Willcocks for the nomination and everyone else at Coventry University for a great morning. A big apology for having to run away immediately after the ceremony, the guys were waiting at the airport for me, we’re now in Helsinki at the start of the European tour. I’m looking at coming back to meet the staff and students some time in the New Year.
Here is a picture of Tony with his wife Maria from the ceremony. Additionally, there is a news story over at the BBC News site you should see, and a video report from the event, too.
Congrats to Tony, a real “Rock & Roll Doctor” now. ;)