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Iommi Joins Music Dept. At U.K. University

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Musician Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath appears at a press conference to announce their first new album in 33 years and a world tour in 2012 at the Whiskey A Go-Go on November 11, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.
That would be Dr. Iommi to you -- sort of.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has signed on to be a Visiting Professor of Music at Coventry University in the U.K. -- the institution that gave him an Honorary Doctorate of Arts last year. Iommi has already done one session with students and staff members talking about his career in music and will be doing seminars starting in the fall on performance, composition, writing, production and the music business in the future.

In a statement, Coventry's Director of Arts and Culture Dr. Geoff Willcocks said that, "Tony is without a doubt a rock icon and he's an inspiration to so many people around the world. It's wonderful to have such an important and respected international figure working with us."

Department For Performing Arts head Dr. Sara Reed added that, "It is a tremendous honor to have Tony here with us as a Visiting Professor. His huge wealth of experience and musical knowledge is beyond value to our students. It's a fantastic opportunity for them to learn from such an immensely talented individual and all in the department sincerely look forward to working with Tony in the future."

Iommi is currently playing shows with Black Sabbath in Europe but has hinted that the group's July 4 show in London's Hyde Park could be its last one ever.