The Broad Street Walk of Stars is a walk of fame-like installation on Broad Street’s pedestrian pavement. It honours people from Birmingham or with significant connections with the city who have made significant contributions in terms of music, television, film, radio, theatre, sport, business, and literacy. Among them of course Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi. Why not take a picture of you with your favourite star?
To your right hand side, you’ll see the Hyatt Regency. It has been erected where once the Rum Runner was a night club on Birmingham’s Broad Street. Opened in 1964, finally demolished in 1987. Regular late night clientele were Black Sabbath. In 1971, Osbourne met his first wife Thelma at the Rum Runners, as she was working there. Other famous employees were members of the band Duran Duran. Before they broke big worldwide, they were working the door, bar-tending or covering DJ shifts at the club. John Taylor and Nick Rhodes formed the band in 1978 in Birmingham and later even became the resident band at the Rum Runner as the club nurtured Birmingham's very brief New Romantic movement. Watch the 1981 song Planet Earth in its Rum Runner version here to catch a glimpse into the former venue.
Broad Street Walk of Stars Birmingham with Ozzy Osbourne (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Broad Street Walk of Stars Birmingham with Tony Iommi (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler )
The former home to Geezer Butler
Once voted world’s best Rock venue
Where the first ever Black Sabbath show was booked.
Legendary Brum venue in the 70s
Rolling Stones fans will know this place
The place of Led Zeppelin IV in live perspective
British Extreme Metal at its best
Birmingham’s New Romantic movement
Birmingham founders of Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal from West Bromwich
Mixing Rock influences from Birmingham & London
Dark Indie Rock since 2002
70s Punk from Brum