The founding member of the Birmingham heavy metal band Black Sabbath was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Coventry University.
He said it was a "great honour" to receive the doctorate and thanked the university for his nomination.
The honorary degree was "in recognition of his contribution to the world of popular music", the university said.
It recognised "his role as one of the founding fathers of heavy metal music and his status as one of the industry's most influential figures".
What a great, great man. Those riffs.....so many of them, and still grinding them out in 2013. Not crap ones either - he still manages to come up with some real gems. I really like the '13' album.
Iommi was already a doctor by the way. I remember reading an interview back in 1978 (I believe that I still have the magazine it is in) where the headline by the journalist was "Conversing with the Doctor of Doom".
You do realise of course that Tony will need to get rid of the black leather & cross, and start wearing a white lab coat & stethoscope on stage.
This guy is my favourite riffist ever.
Who else out there worships this Doctor?