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Tony Iommi Says Black Sabbath Felt Guided By ‘Fifth Member’

Tony Iommi said in a recent interview that Black Sabbath often felt guided by a spiritual “fifth member.”

“We always felt within the band that there was a fifth member. It sounds ridiculous now, but we always felt that there was somebody overlooking us and guiding us. We felt this presence when we were all together. It was one of those things we’d refer to as being the over-self or the fifth member, looking out for us,” Iommi told Mojo.

“We were so close as a band, we lived in each other’s pockets from the start, that we became as one. This fifth member seemed very real and there to us,” added Iommi, who was one of the four founding members of the heavy metal band.

Iommi cited an example of instances that were “quite weird,” saying, “We’d be in the van, for example, and one of us would look out of the window and go: ‘Oh look, there’s a fish and chip shop over there.’ And just as we’d say that, the lights would go out in the shop. There were just always strange things happening to us back then.”

The band members – guitarist Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne – parted ways in 2017 after the end of their farewell tour.

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