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With the line-up of Osbourne/Iommi/Butler/Ward together the forces of darkness were all in place and the rest is metal history, right? It very nearly wasn't.
For a couple of weeks in 1968 Iommi jumped the Earth ship for London to join flute-fixated folksters Jethro Tull. He even appeared with them in The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus, looking like a doppelganger Ritchie Blackmore complete with a white Strat and a matching hat.
Not a bad little holiday in the capital, but thankfully he saw sense and rediscovered the dark side, returning to Brum with renewed determination to make a success of Earth.