Black Sabbathin Tony Iommi paljasti kuinka sai idean yhtyeen ikonisen ”Iron Man” -kappaleen kitarariffiin

Englantilaisen rockin legendan, Black Sabbathin, uran isoimpiin hitteihin lukeutuvat ”Paranoid”-kappaleen lisäksi mm. ”Iron Man”, ”War Pigs” sekä ”Children Of The Grave”. Yhtyeen 73-vuotias kitaristi Tony Iommi on antanut hiljattain Songfactsin Greg Pratolle haastattelun, jossa on kertonut kuinka ”Iron Man” -kappaleen ikoninen kitarariffi sai alkunsa. Iommin mukaan hän itse arvostaa kappaletta yhtyeen tuotannossa eniten, koska ”Paranoid” oli alunperin mietitty vain täytteeksi ”Paranoid”-albumille, eikä bändi itse uskonut, että siitä voisi tulla hitti. Iommi kertoi saaneensa idean ”Iron Man” -kappaleen riffiin jammaillessaan rumpali Bill Wardin kanssa, ja kuten suurin osa Iommin riffeistä, idea kappaleeseen syntyi vain luonnollisesti lennosta tietynlaiseen rumpukomppiin soitettaessa. Iommi kertoi tarinasta kappaleen takaa seuraavaa:

”I always relate to ’’. And ’Iron Man’. A lot of people say ’Paranoid’, but the song was written as a filler for the album — it was never intended on being anything else. But it became a single because it was a short song, and because it became what it did, most people knew us because of ’Paranoid’ in them days.”

”I was in a rehearsal room, and Bill [Ward, drums] started playing this boom, boom, boom. He started doing it, and I just went [sings bending string bit before the song’s riff] and came up with this thing and thought, ’That’s cool.’ Bill kept playing it, and I just went to this riff.

”Most of the riffs I’ve done I’ve come up with on the spot, and that was one of them — it just came up. It went with the drum, what Bill was playing. I just saw this thing in my mind of someone creeping up on you, and it just sounded like the riff. In my head, I could hear it as a monster, so I came up with that riff there and then.”

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