Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest are among the rock heavyweights with links to the Midlands - but yesterday a new rock locations map failed to recognise their achievements in the region.

Bev Bevan, former drummer with Black Sabbath, last night claimed national tourism agency Visit Britain had disregarded the importance of venues like Mothers, in Erdington, and The Belfry, in Sutton Coldfield.

During the 60s and 70s these venues played host to some of the biggest names in rock including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who and T Rex. The late John Peel was the resident DJ at Mothers during that time.

Bevan described the guide's "cursory mention" of Black Sabbath as being an insult to the band who "invented heavy metal".

"Mothers was one of the biggest clubs in the country so it's a major omission from this map," said Bevan, who also played with The Move and ELO. "Tony Iommi and Ozzy invented heavy metal with Black Sabbath, they invented the guitar riff, so to give them only a cursory mention, and for it to be linked to their drinking rather than the music, is something of an insult.

"The Cedar Club, off Constitution Hill, and The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield were also big venues, but smaller venues like The Plaza in Handsworth, Ritz in Kings Heath or the Birmingham Odeon on New Street were just as important.

"Alex's Pie Stand, which is now the Albany NCP car park behind the Alexandra Theatre, is where many bands met up and formed in the 60s over a late night pie and chips."

In total 190 sites of interest or rock relevance are pin pointed on the map of England's rock heritage - but it only features nine Midland locations.

The map can be downloaded from www.enjoyengland.com/rocks. But Bevan claims tourism bosses have "missed a trick" by glossing over the Midlands' rock history.

"The Midlands seems to have been cast aside again as London gets the biggest mention, and we come somewhere after Liverpool and Manchester," he said.

"These omissions only serve to highlight how poorly this map was researched and I think Visit Britain have missed a trick here."

UB40, The Charlatans - who have roots in Walsall, Moseley-based Ocean Colour Scene, Slade and Two Tone acts The Beat and The Specials are all forgotten in this guide.

The rock map venues

* The Bartons Arms, Aston: Ozzy Osbourne's drinking den during the 70s

* Birmingham Town Hall: The Grade I listed building played host the city's biggest gigs from 60s including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, David Bowie

* Carling Academy Birmingham, Dale End: Formerly the Hummingbird club, it reopened as the Academy in 2000

* General Wolfe, Coventry: A musical milestone for the Two Tone scene in the early 80s

* Malvern Winter Gardens, Malvern, Worcestershire: Dozens of legendary gigs staged at this venue including Black Sabbath, Joy Division, Pink Floyd and The Who

* Red Lion, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent: Robbie Williams lived above his family's pub as a teenager

* Saramoons, Dale End: Formerly known as The Hole In The Wall, this was where Nick Rhodes and John Taylor formed Duran Duran

* St Mary Magdalene Cemetery, Tanworth-in-Arden: Where singer/songwriter Nick Drake is buried

* St Michael's Church, Rushock, Worcestershire: John "Bonzo" Bonham, Led Zeppelin's drummer, was cremated here.

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