67 years ago today clouds blackened the skies over Birmingham, England to herald the birth of the future Father of Heavy Metal, Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi of Black Sabbath. But did you know that if it weren’t for a tragic industrial accident which chopped off the tops of two of the fingers on his fretting hand, he might not ever have created the heavy metal guitar sound that has reverberated through the ages? The new VH1.com animated short The Complete History of Heavy Metal: Fingers Bloody Fingers explores how the guitarist made “a good thing off a bad thing.”
As you know, we’ve been celebrating hard rock and heavy metal all month long as part of Metal F***in’ February in head-banging tribute to Saturday’s That Metal Show and Rock Icons premieres. And what better way to enter the homestretch than with an homage to metal’s sonic creator on his birthday. Watch this exclusive online and get a whole new appreciation for Tony Iommi’s legendary guitar work and learn all the different things you can do with a plastic soap bottle.