John Stix listens as top players discuss their influences.

This was Mick Abrahams on one of his better days. It’s quite good. I remember the old Cream one, “Cat Squirrel.” I love Mick Abrahams. When he left Jethro (Tull) I took over. I thought Mick was quite good, but I think most of the time he wouldn’t want to travel. Mick got fired and we were on the same show. Ian asked me if I wanted the job. We didn’t actually do a show.


Tony Iommi discusses Cat’s Squirrel by Jethro Tull from the album This Was

I rehearsed with them for a few weeks then we done The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. This was pretty well worked out and Ian was in charge. But I did a lot of jamming in them days. In the 60s we were doing a lot of 12 bar jazz/blues like “Cat Squirrel”. We used .

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to play a lot because he hadn’t enough words to the songs. Out of those jams most of our stuff was written in the early days. Half our set was a jam because when we played Europe we had to do seven % of an hour spots. By the time we played all of our numbers we had done one % of an hour spot and we had another six to go. So we’d end up jamming. We used to jam off “Wicked World” and go into a- drum solo.

TONY IOMMI (Black Sabbath)

john-stixJohn Stix was the Founding Editor-In-Chief of Guitar For the Practicing Musician Magazine and a principal architect for the creation of Guitar World and Guitar One Magazines. He started Guitar Recordings where he signed Blues Saraceno, Mike Keneally, Mark Bonilla, Randy Coven, and Brad Gillis Currently he runs the print dept. at Cherry Lane Music.

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