Tony Iommi Explains How John Bonham’s Death Affected Him And Ozzy Osbourne

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi revealed how the tragic passing of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham affected both him and Black Sabbath frontman, Ozzy Osbourne when it comes to their addiction whether it’s drugs or alcohol.

As many of you know, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham passed away on September 25, 1980, at the age of 32 after the band’s tour manager Benji LeFevre and John Paul Jones found him unresponsive the next afternoon of a heavy drinking day. 

The cause of his death was Pulmonary aspiration which means Bonham vomited and choked due to the fact that he consumed around 40 shots of vodka according to the inquest. His drinking problem was a known fact by his friends and band members, however, drinking was a common habit among rock stars.

During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Tony Iommi was asked if he was affected by his fellow musician, John Bonham’s death when he first found out while touring and whether it was a wake-up call for him to slow down in his life as well.

Here is what the interviewer said:

“While you were touring for ‘Heaven and Hell,’ you received word that your good friend John Bonham had passed away. In your book, you said as hard as it hit you, people who knew him couldn’t really see it going any other way. Was it a wake-up call for you to sort of slow down a bit?”

Tony Iommi stated that the passing of John Bonham was definitely a wake-up call for all the members of Black Sabbath and made them all think further about their lives and future in addition to their addictions, alcohol, and drugs for Ozzy Osbourne, drugs for Iommi himself.

Here is what Iommi said:

“I think it was a bit of a wake-up call for all of us to make us really think about things. We all had different vices, really. Bill was struggling with his alcohol.

You’ve got Ozzy with his alcohol and drugs, and then I got into the drugs – not so much the alcohol. But I think it made us all think at some point, definitely.”

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