Guitarist Tony Iommi remembered Black Sabbath’s first shows in the United States back in the day, telling Daily Recordduring a recent interview:
“We had played our first two gigs in America in really poxy clubs which were awful. Our roadie at the time plugged the gear in and it all blew up because it’s a different voltage.
“We were so green, we had just put our PA system and amps on to the plane without packing them in anything, so they came out all bumped and scraped.
“We weren’t having a good time.
“Then we played Fillmore and we were actually supporting Rod Stewart, which was a really weird bill. But we went on and we went down better than Rod. It was a bit embarrassing because they were shouting for us when he was on.
“Was Rod OK with it? I don’t think so when it happened but, yeah, he was alright later. Years later, we would see him a lot. But it was different then and initially, it was like a whirlwind doing those shows.
“From that time in America, that’s when we started to realize something was happening, we’ve caused some kind of a stir here.
“Our first album [1970’s ‘Black Sabbath’ by Black Sabbath featuring the song ‘Black Sabbath’] had been out for a while and people were wondering what we were all about because they had never seen us. They knew Black Sabbath but we were this faceless band at the time.”