Henry’s Blueshouse to celebrate 50 years since hosting Black Sabbath’s first gigs


On Tuesday 15th October Henry’s Blueshouse in Birmingham will take a giant step back into its past.

On Tuesday 18th October 1969, Brum’s finest, Black Sabbath, played at the original Henry’s Blueshouse, almost precisely 50 years ago. The previous day, the band finished recording their first album, entitled ‘Black Sabbath’, which featured the best ever introduction to any rock record and went on to rocket Black Sabbath to eternal rock and roll fame.

This seemed like a cue for a celebration.

So we decided to commemorate the event at Henry’s Blueshouse with a performance by leading Black Sabbath tribute band, Sabbra Cadabra from Manchester. Their first set will be the entire ‘Black Sabbath’ album with the ‘Paranoid’ album taking up the second set.

Black Sabbath’s manager at the time, that’s me, will use the 7pm Blues Talkin’ spot to talk about those heady days and answer any questions.

Admission is free and Henry’s Blueshouse is at The Bulls Head in Bishopsgate Street, off Broad Street in Birmingham where Tuesday is once again Bluesday.

The original Henry’s Blueshouse achieved legendary status in the late 1960s as the “first UK Progressive Music club, outside of London”. [Melody Maker].

Featuring then emerging British bands such as Status Quo,  Rory Gallagher & Taste, Thin Lizzy, Ten Years After and the like, as well as U.S. Blues legends Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Lightnin’ Slim, Homesick James and more, Henry’s presented the first ever performances of Black Sabbath, who became virtually Henry’s House Band.

In March 2019 Henry’s Blueshouse opened in its current location and now presents the best of British Blues every Tuesday.

A full list of upcoming bands can be seen at: http://www.bigbearmusic.com/henrys-blueshouse/