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The Making of the ‘Hand of Doom’ Loudwire Music Awards Trophy

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When we set out to create the trophy for the Loudwire Music Awards, we were thinking what’s the craziest and coolest way we can best represent the everything that’s awesome about hard rock and heavy metal.

First, we thought it would be cool to cast a mold of a hand giving the sign of the horns, but then we thought bigger. How about we get the dude who pretty much invented heavy metal to set his iconic hand in a vat of plaster? And, wouldn’t you know it, we asked Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi and he said, “Yes!”

Yes, that very same hand that saw the tips of two fingers sliced off in a sheet metal factory accident as a teenager and that is responsible for laying down the greatest riffs in metal history is the actual model for the Loudwire Music Awards “Hand of Doom” trophy.

Iommi commented, “Of all the funny things that I’ve done in my life — this was another one. I was asked if I would do a mold of my hand so that they could make it into an award … I was very honored. I was asked to put my arm into this big bucket full of this colored gel, all was going fine until it set and then I found that I couldn’t get my arm back out! My hand started to cramp up and I thought, ‘Oh no, what now?’ Anyway, after a considerable amount of pulling and twisting it eventually came out and the cast looked amazing, so much detail, I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished award. Thanks Loudwire, what’s next?”

Tony Iommi will be on hand at the Loudwire Music Awards on Oct. 24 at The Novo in Los Angeles to receive the Courage Award. Fans will be able to see the finished trophy at the ceremony, and in the meantime, can watch a behind-the-scenes making-of video above.

Tickets to the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards — which will also honor Rob Halford and feature performances by Body Count, Halestorm, Starset, Power Trip and more — are available here.

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