Tony Iommi Awarded Honorary Degree

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.  ;)

Tony & Maria




  1. It truly is amazing @ what has taken place over the yr. to finally acknowledge the accomplishments of Black Sabbath & it’s individuals! Where has every one been up until now ???

  2. Great! Tony deserves it all! All of Sabbath deserve the best!

  3. Congratulations Tony! It’s been a while his sleeves were that wide ;)

  4. I don’t think I’d ever seen a picture of Maria…she is rather an attractive woman!!

  5. Next stop – Sir Tony, Sir Geezer, Sir Ozzy and Sir Bill

  6. It’s great to see Tony recieve recognition from an academic standpoint! Congratulations Tony! Well deserved!

  7. Excellent, congratulations to Iommi, it is good to see! So much respect towards him from all sides, Bravo!

  8. Tony looks like a court jester in his cap and gown. It left me with a big smile on my face.

  9. a real “Rock & Roll Doctor”

    this is awesome!

  10. Raul Araujo Galoppo says

    He deserved it! He is the MASTER OF METAL!!!!

  11. Ben Whitworth says

    Congratulations to the IRON MAN!!!!

    You are the greatest rock guitarist ever and a true inspiration!!!

    Hope to see you guys back in Australia, because the May 1st show was a dream come true.

  12. The full footage of Tony Iommi’s honorary doctorate ceremony, my interview with him and the interview with the person who nominated him.

  13. rodney davis says

    yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!black no 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Tim Wheeler says

    It’s been an absolutely fantastic year.

    Next stop: Winning Grammy Awards

  15. robert cam says

    Mr. Tony Iommi is just the Iron man. He is…. and he is the very best Sabbath has ever had….
    You know, He is just Sabbath itself, no matter it might bother all of the other fans….

    Because Sabbath is Iommi and Iommi is Sabbath….!!!!

    He was the man who keeps the Sabbath flame burning and he deserves such a respect….
    Whoever disagrees is not respecting the history of the band and Rock and Roll…

    Love and Justice for everybody who cares about it….!!!! I’m just speaking my mind and this is a free world…

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