Queen’s Brian May Says Tony Iommi Symbolizes ‘Rock Endurance’
guitarist queen Brian May recently shared an Instagram post featuring a video of Tony Iommi during the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. May praised Iommi’s performance and successful portrayal of rock music over the decades.
commonwealth games is an international sporting event in which anyone belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations can participate. It was first held in 1930 and has grown into a quadrennial multi-sport event. This year’s games, which began on July 28 and will end on August 8, are currently taking place in Birmingham, England.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies took place at Alexander Stadium, with an audience of over 30,000, on July 28. It was also broadcast live on BBC One and iPlayer to around one billion global audiences. While the new wave group Duran Duran headlining the ceremony, guitar legend Black Sabbath Tony Iommi also performed a dream sequence called “Hear My Voice” alongside a critically acclaimed saxophonist Soweto Kinch.
The perfect harmony between Iommi’s impressive guitar riffs and Kinch’s saxophone sound was highly applauded by the audience. Brian May also praised Tony Iommi’s performance with his recent Instagram post, featuring a video of the Black Sabbath guitarist performing at the event. May described the opening piece as brilliant and wrote in the caption that Iommi symbolizes the ‘pursuit of excellence‘ and the ‘rock stamina.’ Brian May said he was proud of his friend for managing to handle such great responsibility and pressure.
Brian May’s Instagram post read:
“Wow! Monumental! Finally managed to find a behind-the-scenes snippet of Tony Iommi’s brilliant opening piece for the Commonwealth Games – symbolizing the pursuit of excellence, rock stamina, and the spirit of Birmingham! So proud of my dear friend – I can imagine the pressure on his shoulders at that moment! Wonderful! Br. »
You can watch Iommi’s performance at the opening ceremony below.