According to the Birmingham Post, Philip Parkin of the Birmingham City Council has written a letter of recommendation urging city officials in Birmingham, England create a “Black Sabbath Day” to highlight the legendary rock band’s contribution to music.
The “Destination Birmingham” document said: “BLACK SABBATH‘s reunion and their agreement to headline Download Festival in June is an opportunity we should not miss.
“Early discussions are taking place about how best the city should celebrate this and the council should be supporting any celebrations.”
“The report is saying that BLACK SABBATH reforming is significant, BLACK SABBATH are huge and metal is huge,” Parkin said. “Given this, it is us saying to the council that we need to celebrate the fact these people come from Birmingham and there could be various ways we could do it.”
Organizers of England’s Download festival said earlier in the month that BLACK SABBATH still intends to perform at the event, scheduled for June 8-10, despite guitarist Tony Iommi‘s cancer diagnosis.
SABBATH was reportedly also slated to play at this April’s Coachella festival in California, but pulled out of that show one day before its lineup was announced when Iommi‘s illness was revealed.
Download organizer Andy Copping said, “I’ve been told that BLACK SABBATH are going to be playing Download. I don’t want people to worry unduly about that, we should all just send our thoughts and best wishes to Tony Iommi.”
Other acts on the bill include METALLICA, SOUNDGARDEN, THE PRODIGY, ANTHRAX, LAMB OF GOD, UGLY KID JOE and more.
Iommi‘s bandmate in SABBATH and HEAVEN HELL, legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, died of stomach cancer in May 2010 at the age of 67.