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    I'm sure this has been asked multiple times on this forum over the years, but when exactly did Iommi quit using drugs. Whether it be cocaine, weed or whatever. I've heard many different stories, not sure which are true and which are not. I have heard that he quit in the 70s, then other stories of only quitting sometime in the 90s. Does anyone know when he quite using cocaine, alcohol, weed or anything?

    Also, according to Phil Anselmo and Dave Mustaine, plus I'm sure other people, Dio smoked weed. And not in the past century either, apparently even in recent years. I never knew just until awhile ago that Dio smoked weed. Which is awesome, just never knew it before. Which could explain his lyrics somewhat, haha.
    If the magic comes between us
    And we never meet again
    Take a part of me away
    'Cause maybe it's all above love
    ~As Long As It's Not About Love~

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    Not sure exactly, but if you look at the Cal Jam video from '74 as well as the London '78 video you can clearly see Iommi doing the deep snort thing onstage.

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    • #3
      I believe Iommi quit using cocaine on a regular basis around 1976, when he first started trying to get actual legal control on Black Sabbath (with the legal procedures to get control on the album contents and covers out of the record company's hands and so on...). I guess Geezer may have stopped around that time too. Anyway, by 1978, they were both clean enough to have major communication problems with Bill and Ozzy who were still heavily into it, and there's a quote by Geezer explaining how Bill quit the band in 1980 where he said that he had stopped taking drugs for a while at the time.

      That is for hard addiction. Now, when it comes to recreational use, Ron Keel said that, when he auditionned for Sabbath, Iommi and Geezer spent a lot of time smoking weed and talking about how cool it would be if Ozzy came back, which would mean that they would still smoke the occasional joint in the mid-80s.
      Tony Iommi Fact #216: In fact, most demolition companies donít use explosives to collapse buildings, only a good stereo and a copy of ďDehumanizerĒ.
      "Black Sabbath : la BÍte venue de Birmingham"

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      • #4
        Maybe the pot helped him deal with the stomach cramps of the cancer.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RedZero View Post
          Maybe the pot helped him deal with the stomach cramps of the cancer.

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          ... What?
          "i'm 12 and i love dark sabboth"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by WarningRules View Post
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            ... What?
            I think he mixed Iommi for Dio.

            I don't think Iommi did any coke in the eighties. I don't think he ever spoke of it. He was clearly buzzed on the London 78 video, though. He's probably like Paul McCartney and still enjoys weed.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WarningRules View Post
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              ... What?
              Hes probably making a reference to medicinal marijuana. Still would have helped if he maybe would have hinted towards it or explained what he meant a bit better.....
              http://wickedinquisition.bandcamp.com/

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              • #8
                Nope. In an interview posted on blabbermouth with Phil Anselmo, just read it yesterday, he said Dio toked weed with him after the '92 Italy gig. Plus, in an interview posted late last month on blabbermouth with Dave Mustaine. Dave says that when Megadeth was on tour with H&H in 2007, he thanked Dio for taking Megadeth on tour with them, and Dave mentioned that Dio and he smoked a joint together.
                If the magic comes between us
                And we never meet again
                Take a part of me away
                'Cause maybe it's all above love
                ~As Long As It's Not About Love~

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                • #9
                  Marijuana is not a gateway drug. If someone uses marijuana and later down the road tries any other drug, they do so because their attitudes regarding drugs have changed. There is nothing in the chemical makeup of a marijuana plant that would lead anyone to use any other drug, and that is a scientific fact.
                  I've just seen your signature. This is actually true. For many years, people always used to say that smoking marijuana would lead you to use hard drugs, until a study was made in France during the late 90s. It's showed that only 1% of people who smoke marijuana go on using hard drugs. 99% of hard drugs users started with hard drugs in the first place.

                  Now, regarding Ronnie's use of weed, I don't believe the pain killing reason for one second. The man had stomac cancer. If he had to ease the pain, I guess the doctors gave him proper pain killers. If he smoke weed, it was for fun and nothing else.
                  Tony Iommi Fact #216: In fact, most demolition companies donít use explosives to collapse buildings, only a good stereo and a copy of ďDehumanizerĒ.
                  "Black Sabbath : la BÍte venue de Birmingham"

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                  • #10
                    But if you search hard I bet you'll have trouble finding a marijuana user who hasn't tried other drugs. Not saying there isn't any. I have known many pot users and i don't know one who has not tried harder drugs.

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                    Originally posted by SabbathKing93 View Post
                    Nope. In an interview posted on blabbermouth with Phil Anselmo, just read it yesterday, he said Dio toked weed with him after the '92 Italy gig. Plus, in an interview posted late last month on blabbermouth with Dave Mustaine. Dave says that when Megadeth was on tour with H&H in 2007, he thanked Dio for taking Megadeth on tour with them, and Dave mentioned that Dio and he smoked a joint together.
                    The Dave Mustaine story was about their touring the So Far, So Good... So What! album in 1986 with solo Dio and not H&H.

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                    • #11
                      Oh, you're right, haha! I missed that in the interview. I stand corrected.

                      Yes, but there is no chemical makeup in marijuana that "makes" people move on to other drugs. It's their own choice and attitudes, nothing in the actual drug.
                      If the magic comes between us
                      And we never meet again
                      Take a part of me away
                      'Cause maybe it's all above love
                      ~As Long As It's Not About Love~

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                      • #12
                        I think it's safe to say that everyone has done pot.
                        I did LSD once and listened to some Sabbath and some Prog Rush (Cygnus X-1 to be exact) A buddy of mine and me got into a really interesting debate about how cool it would be if birds and humans switched places.

                        I will say that being high probably made me give into illogical thinking. But I will say, that pot has never really made me want to try anything else. (except when high, and only that one time, in which I was so stoned off of White Rhino that I burnt my lip.)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by fishtowner View Post
                          But if you search hard I bet you'll have trouble finding a marijuana user who hasn't tried other drugs. Not saying there isn't any. I have known many pot users and i don't know one who has not tried harder drugs.
                          I don't think that's true at all, but if you are talking about musicians, then it's probably more true.

                          I don't know much about Iommi's drug habits. Everyone in Sabbath was a heavy user in the '70s, although apparently it became a bigger problem for Ozzy and Bill than Tony and Geezer. From what I understand, the latter two sort of scaled their drug use back throughout the late '70s and '80s to occassional use (unlike Ozzy and Bill, who had trouble stopping), although I don't know if they ever gave everything up completely. I recall Geezer saying he still has an occassional drink but I don't think either he or Tony have used hard stuff in years. I also recall hearing the Dio liked to drink (all the way up until he got too sick) and was an occasional weed smoker but was never into the hard stuff. He was a pharmocology student at one point, so maybe he had a better idea of which drugs to stay away from than some of the others.

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                          • #14
                            I'm sure I remember in interview (Probably early 90's ) saying that Geezer was so out of it in the 80's that he tried to hurt RJD in Germany or Russia (Eastern bloc) SO Geezer was still using considerably into the 80's!

                            I also remember comments made that about the time Ozzy stopped being in Sabbath that drugs was a crappy excuse because they were all equally f'd up.

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                            • #15
                              Didnt Geezer say before that it was while he had time away from the band as the Heaven and Hell album began. (which Gruber did some work on it). And Geezer went home and did coke in front of his family. That he realised it was time to get clean.
                              Pain and Poison Roses

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