BLACK SABBATH was honored with a "heavy metal" bench earlier today (Saturday, February 9) in Birmingham, England.
SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi attended the commemorative event organized by Westside Business Improvement District.
The handmade, stainless steel bench was forged in the city by Gateway Steel Fabrications and features images of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward with the words "Geezer. Ozzy. Tony. Bill. Made in Birmingham 1968" etched on it.
According to BBC News, the bench, the idea of "super-fan" and architect Mohammed Osam, was put on the renamed Black Sabbath Bridge over the canal on Broad Street.
Iommi said: "I think it's absolutely great. I was wondering what it was going to look like but it is really fantastic. I really love it."
The presentation took place at St Luke's Church on Gas Street.
The event also saw BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward awarded with his own star on the city's Walk Of Stars, which honors famous people from Birmingham.
This star, along with others already awarded to the other three band members and a fifth star to the band itself, will later be realigned in front of the heavy metal bench on Black Sabbath Bridge in the shape of a cross.
The bench's artwork was created by Egyptian artist Tarek Abdelkawi.
What a fantastic day today at the Black Sabbath Bench unveiling. It was so nice to see the wonderful turnout of fans from all over the world...Thank you all so much for coming and supporting this fabulous event...really great!!
— Tony pic.twitter.com/3O1j8uskY1— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) February 10, 2019
Here at Gas Street Church in Birmingham for the launch of the ‘Black Sabbath bench’ and the addition of Bill Ward’s star to the Broad Street Walk of Stars pic.twitter.com/CpshNRCsdZ— Lyle Bignon (@lylebignon) February 9, 2019
Black Sabbath bench - not the best pic pic.twitter.com/dXSkO4Hyds— Jool (@Kisschase20) February 9, 2019
Black Sabbath bench unveiled in Birmingham https://t.co/PPprdMkfW9— BBC Midlands Today (@bbcmtd) February 9, 2019
@BlackSabbath bench leaves St Luke’s Gas Street Church. Now in storage until the Black Sabbath Bridge is strengtened. Thanks to @tonyiommi, my pal, for his input at the Sabbath Bench unveiling today. About six weeks before bench on the bridge. Best wishes to @OzzyOsbourne pic.twitter.com/wbQZNESZzS— Mike Olley (@OlleyMike) February 9, 2019