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*RUMOR* – BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD To Tour Together?

October 25th, 2011

While the original members of BLACK SABBATH – guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – appear to be reuniting with one rehearsal already in the can, there’s talk that a tour will happen in early 2012. According to rumours passed along to BraveWords.com, the godfathers of heavy metal will be teaming up with fellow UK metal gods JUDAS PRIEST and the legendary MOTÖRHEAD for a tour of North America in the spring, before Sabbath heads over to Europe for the summer festival season in June/July. More news as it develops. No other details are available at this time. Once again, these should be taken as rumours and have not been confirmed by band management.

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Judas Priest - 1978

Judas Priest - 1978

Motorhead - the world is yours

Motorhead - the world is yours

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BLACK SABBATH Guitarist Tony Iommi Says The Band Have Rehearsed Together

October 21st, 2011
Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told Terrorizer that the original line-up of the band – also featuring singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – have been rehearsing for the rumoured reunion tour that could begin early next year.

“We’ve had a rehearsal and played some of the old stuff and to be together again was great. We’re all on good terms and we’re at a stage where we can play together again. It would be good if we could and I suppose it’s the closest it’s been to be able to do that. It could happen!”

Iommi spoke with Andrew Williams from Metro.co.uk recently about his new autobiography, life as a rock star and whether Ozzy Osbourne will ever rejoin the band. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:

Metro.co.uk: What’s your relationship with Ozzy Osbourne like now?

Iommi: “It’s good. We’ve had our ups and downs in the past but it’s been blown out of proportion to the point where, from the outside it looks really bitter, but we’ve never really fallen out.”

Metro.co.uk: Will you record with him again?

Iommi: “Who knows? It’s like when we had Ronnie James Dio with us, we broke up, got back together, did another album and tour. You can never tell. We got back together with Ozzy in 1997 and toured so you never know what’s around the corner.”

Metro.co.uk: What have you got left to achieve in your career?

Iommi: “I’m doing the soundtrack to three horror films, which I’m looking forward to. I’ve got a lot of ideas but won’t know where to start until I see the films.”

 

Read the entire interview here.

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OZZY OSBOURNE On BLACK SABBATH Reunion – “It’s In The Very Early Stages”

October 10th, 2011
Ozzy Osbourne Performs at Madison Square Garden - December 1, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne Performs at Madison Square Garden - December 1, 2010

Billboard.com’s Jillian Mapes reports:

Speculation surrounding a BLACK SABBATH reunion including OZZY OSBOURNE arose in August, when the Birmingham Mail reported that Sabbath guitarist TONY IOMMI said the original lineup was writing new material together. Iommi back-tracked on his official website, expressing disappointment that his statements – reportedly told in confidence – made waves. But he never actually denied the claims that the heavy metal gods were collaborating in some capacity.

Speaking with Billboard.com regarding his upcoming second book, Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy, Osbourne also touched on the swirling Sabbath reunion rumors.

“Yes, it’s a very, very strong possibility,” he says of getting the old band back together. “It’s in the very early stages, so we haven’t recorded anything yet. If it works out, it’ll work out. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep doing my thing.”

Read the full report at this location.

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WILLIAM SHATNER – BLACK SABBATH Cover Featuring ZAKK WYLDE Streaming Online

September 9th, 2011

Revolver Mag debut William Shatner Iron man feat. Zakk Wylde by Cleopatra Records

 

William shatner - Seeking Major Tom

William shatner - Seeking Major Tom

Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records will release legendary actor WILLIAM SHATNER’s space-themed concept album, entitled Seeking Major Tom, on October 11th.

Searching For Major Tom tracklist:

 

‘Space Trucking’ (DEEP PURPLE) – Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and JOHNNY WINTER on guitar

‘She Blinded Me With Science’ (THOMAS DOLBY) – Bootsy Collins on bass and Patrick Moraz (ex-YES and MOODY BLUES) on keyboards/synth

‘In a Little While’ (U2) – Manuel Gottsching from Ash Ra Tempel on guitar

‘Empty Glass’ (THE TEA PARTY) – Michael Schenker (UFO/SCORPIONS) on guitar

‘Lost In The Stars’ (FRANK SINATRA version) – Ernie Watts on saxophone

‘Twilight Zone’ (GOLDEN EARRING) – Warren Haynes (GOV’T MULE/ALLMAN BROTHERS) on guitar

‘Space Cowboy’ (STEVE MILLER) – Brad Paisley on guitar and vocals

‘Rocket Man’ (ELTON JOHN) – Steve Hillage (ex-GONG member) on guitar

‘Space Oddity’ (DAVID BOWIE) – Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) on guitar and ALAN PARSONS on keyboards

‘Spirit in the Sky’ (NORMAN GREENBAUM) – PETER FRAMPTON on guitar

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (QUEEN) – John Wetton (ASIA) on bass and vocals

‘Silver Machine’ (HAWKWIND) – Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar and Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE/ROD STEWART) on drums

‘Major Tom’ (PETER SHILLING) – The Strokes’ Nick Valensi and Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) on guitar and and Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS) on bass

‘Learning to Fly’ (PINK FLOYD) – Edgar Froese (TANGERINE DREAM) on guitar and keyboards

‘Mr. Spaceman’ (THE BYRDS) – Dave Davies (THE KINKS) on guitar

‘Iron Man’ (BLACK SABBATH) – Zakk Wylde on guitar and vocals

‘Planet Earth’ (DURAN DURAN) – Steve Howe (YES) on guitar

‘Walking on the Moon’ (THE POLICE) – Toots (TOOTS & THE MAYTALS) on vocals

‘Mrs. Major Tom’ (female guest vocals TBA)

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BLACK SABBATH – “We’re Not Saying There’s No Reunion” Says TONY IOMMI’s Manager

August 17th, 2011
Bootleg : Black Sabbath - Live at Hollywood Bowl, California, 15 September 1972

Bootleg : Black Sabbath - Live at Hollywood Bowl, California, 15 September 1972

Guitar legend Tony Iommi’s manager Ralph Baker has put a new spin on the rumors that the original members of BLACK SABBATH – including singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – will be reuniting for an album and a tour next year. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail earlier today, Baker said Iommi “was not saying that it wasn’t true,” referring to his statement released yesterday.

When asked whether Iommi considered the story in the Birmingham Mail (here) to be untrue Baker said: “No, he doesn’t say that.”

But he added: “We haven’t got anything in place. He’s not denying that the guys have been talking but there’s nothing in the way that’s been implied in the statements that you made.

“He made them to you in June and he felt that he made them to you off-the-record.”

Read the entire report at this location.

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BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi “Saddened” By Reunion Rumors

August 16th, 2011

Ozzy Ozbourne and Tony Iommi

In response to online reports claiming the original BLACK SABBATH lineup is getting back together, guitarist Tony Iommi has issued the following official statement:

 

“I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.

 

At the time I was supporting the Home Of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, ‘Are you getting back together?’.

 

Thanks to the internet it’s gone round the world as some sort of “official” statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense.

 

To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.

 

All the best, Tony.”

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Black Sabbath to reform with original line-up and new studio album

August 16th, 2011

Source: Andy Coleman, Aug 16 2011

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

THE most closely guarded secret in metal can be revealed – the original Black Sabbath line-up is getting back together.

 

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have begun rehearsing for a tour and new studio album.

 

In June this year vocalist Ozzy and guitarist Iommi wrote new material for a record that will be released next year.

 

‘‘We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good,’’ said 63-year-old Iommi. ‘‘It’s more back to the old original stuff.’’

 

He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time.

 

‘‘It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy’s been the worst at trying to hold it back. He’s doing a lot of TV and he’s being asked stuff about a reunion and he’s going ‘well I never say never’.

 

‘‘He told me, ‘I don’t know what to say’.’’

 

 

Iommi’s last version of Black Sabbath, called Heaven & Hell, came to an end when singer Ronnie James Dio died in May 2010.

 

‘‘I had umpteen number of people on the phone asking if I fancied getting together with a band but I couldn’t tell them what I was doing. I just had to say I was busy.’’

 

The classic line-up of Black Sabbath formed in Aston in 1969.

 

Ozzy was fired from the band in 1979 and there has since been many different members since.

 

Iommi said his only concern about the current reformation was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in the past has suffered a heart attack.

 

‘‘He hasn’t been 100 per cent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we’ll see how he is.’’

 

 

 

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BLACK SABBATH – Rare Live ’72 “Tomorrow’s Dream” Audio

June 2nd, 2011
Bootleg : Black Sabbath - Live at Hollywood Bowl, California, 15 September 1972

Bootleg : Black Sabbath - Live at Hollywood Bowl, California, 15 September 1972

TMD has obtained extremely rare concert audio of BLACK SABBATH performing the cut “Tomorrow’s Dream” on September 15, 1972 at the Hollywood Bowl. The song comes off the legendary act’s fourth studio album Black Sabbath Vol. 4, released just ten days later on September 25, 1972. Though it has since become a classic, “Tomorrow’s Dream”,
released as the record’s single, failed to chart.

It was during the production that the band’s excessive usage of cocaine and other illicit drugs began to take a serous toll on them. As the story goes, drummer Bill Ward thought his playing was so horrendous that he feared he would soon be kicked out.

 

Read more HERE: http://themetalden.com/index.php?p=20695

The concert was also bootlegged and was made available under the title “Bootleg : Black Sabbath – Live at Hollywood Bowl, California, 15 September 1972” (cover art posted right).

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BLACK SABBATH – Rare Live ’76 “Electric Funeral” Audio

May 28th, 2011

TMD has obtained extremely rare concert audio of BLACK SABBATH performing the classic cut “Electric Funeral” at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on December 6, 1976. This is the show where Frank Zappa introduces the band and is forced to make an excuse to the crowd, concerning the act’s late arrival onstage. Zappa claimed it was “due to technical difficulties”, but the legend is that Ozzy and Tony were too busy brawling backstage. This recording is making its debut on YouTube.

Read more HERE: http://themetalden.com/index.php?p=20611

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Legendary BLACK SABBATH / HEAVEN & HELL Members Remember RONNIE JAMES DIO

May 16th, 2011

Legendary BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have issued the following brief statements regarding the one-year anniversary of the death of their friend/bandmate RONNIE JAMES DIO who lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67 on May 16th, 2010:

 

Iommi: “A sad day, Ronnie you might be gone but will never be forgotten “

 

Butler: “I can’t believe it’s been 12 months. RIP, Ronnie.”

Check out Metal-Rules.com feature “Remembering Ronnie: A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

Shortly after Ronnie’s passing, the staff members of Metal-Rules.com put their heads together and proposed that in one year we should pay tribute to Ronnie by presenting comments and quotes from artists that worked with him, those that knew him, and those that were influenced by his powerful, huge, and unforgettable voice. Of course I gave my blessing as no metal icon is as deserving of such a tribute.

So here are the interviews clips (video/text) from everyone that we could get in contact with over the past year. Long live heavy metal and long live Ronnie James Dio!

Ronnie James Dio

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GEEZER BUTLER – “I’m Working On A New GZR Album And A Book Of Memoirs”

May 15th, 2011

Legendary bassist GEEZER BUTLER (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL), accompanied by Wendy Dio – wife and manager of metal legend and Heaven & Hellbandmate RONNIE JAMES DIO – spoke with Horns Up Rocks! at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods on April 20 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Butler discusses his future plans in the short clip below.

Back in February, Butler Butler has just laid to rest any possibility that the original Black Sabbath – also featuring singer OZZY OSBOURNE, guitarist TONY IOMMI and drummer BILL WARD – will reunite for an album and tour.

Geezer Butler

Geezer Butler

His brief statement reads as follows:

 

“I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely NO reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour.”

 

In late January, Ozzy had told ABC News Radio that he, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward “are in the talking process” regarding a BLACK SABBATH reunion, and even a new album.

 

Osbourne stressed, however, that nothing is definite yet, in part because of the pressure the four of them will face if they make a new record. He said, “the problem that we have is that if we do an album and it’s anything less than where we left off, it’s gonna be a big anti-climax.”

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Remembering Ronnie: A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

May 14th, 2011

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Remembering the Man on the Silver Mountain
Ronnie James Dio

R.I.P. Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

In the many years that I’ve run Metal-Rules.com, I consider myself lucky to have interviewed Ronnie James Dio just once. It was a phone interview and as these things usually go, a label/PR type will call and put you on hold until the artist is ready. Therefore, when I answered my home phone expecting as much, I get a “Hello Geoff, this is Ronnie James Dio”. Being taken so aback, my reaction was not as professional as usual as I admit to doing a little fawning over him. For me, this seemingly simple, yet personal touch left an impression on me. He was very polite and professional and while this was “business as usual” for him, it was anything but for me.

Since the early 80’s when I first got into heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio was there and a part of my musical landscape. The first time I heard him was the song “Holy Diver” with the video airing on Canada’s Much Music’s Power Hour. It is to that album (Holy Diver) that my mind always goes to when I think of Dio. The song has been in my mind and played both on my stereo and on my guitar for many years. After discovering Dio, I also got heavily into his Rainbow material and of course his albums with Black Sabbath. When he rejoined Sabbath in the band “Heaven and Hell”, I was hoping for a few more albums and tours. But sadly, as we all know, this reunion with the Sabs was cut short in May 2010.

Shortly after Ronnie’s passing, the staff members of Metal-Rules.com put their heads together and proposed that in one year we should pay tribute to Ronnie by presenting comments and quotes from artists that worked with him, those that knew him, and those that were influenced by his powerful, huge, and unforgettable voice. Of course I gave my blessing as no metal icon is as deserving of such a tribute.

So here are the interviews clips (video/text) from everyone that we could get in contact with over the past year. Long live heavy metal and long live Ronnie James Dio!

EvilG – Owner/Editor-in-Chief – Metal-Rules.com

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BLACK SABBATH Guitarist TONY IOMMI’s Autobiography: More Details Revealed

May 2nd, 2011

According to the unofficial BLACK SABBATH web site Black-Sabbath.com, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has set “Iron Man: My Life With Black Sabbath And Beyond” as the title of his memoir. In the U.S., the book will be distributed by Da Capo (Simon & Schuster in the U.K.), which reportedly paid a six-figure amount at auction for the rights.

 

Foundry Literary + Media co-founder Peter McGuigan, who completed the North American rights deal for the book, described Iommi’s autobiography — which has not yet been completed — as: “‘Angela’s Ashes’ meets ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’ meets ‘Spinal Tap’.”

 

In a March 2010 interview with the Birmingham Post, Iommi stated about his upcoming memoir, “I’ve been working on it for a long time. We’ve been so busy for the last couple of years it’s been difficult finding the time to do it. But it’s coming on and hopefully it will be out [soon].” He added, “I’m not going out to blast at everybody, that’s for sure. That’s for the next book!”

 

The name “Tony Iommi” sends shivers down the spines of guitarists around the world. As lead guitarist and songwriter of BLACK SABBATH, Iommi is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the past four decades and the inventor of heavy metal. From working class, Midlands roots, his unique playing style — a result of a disfiguring hand injury he suffered working in a sheet metal factory — created a dark and gothic sound unlike anything that had been heard before and which captured the mood of its time. SABBATH went on to become a superband, playing to massive audiences around the world and selling millions of records, and Iommi led the life of a rockstar to the fullest — with the scars from all the drug-fuelled nights of excess and wildness to show for it.

 

“Iron Man: My Life With Black Sabbath And Beyond” will chronicle the story of a band that that Rolling Stone has dubbed “THE BEATLES of heavy metal.” It’s all here. Every escapade associated with hard rock happened to BLACK SABBATH first: the drugs, the debauchery, the drinking, the dungeons, the pressure, the pain, the conquests, the company men, the contracts, the combustible drummer, the critics, the comebacks, the singers, the Stonehenge set, the sleazy managers, the music, the money, the madness, the metal.

 

In “Iron Man”, Iommi goes on the record about BLACK SABBATH and recounts his life story in detail and depth.

 

This is the other side of the story, the exclusive account of the life and adventures of one of rock’s greatest heroes.

 

“Iron Man” will reveal the man behind the icon, his humor, intelligence and warmth.

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BLACK SABBATH: ‘Born Again’ Deluxe-Edition Reissue Coming In May

April 10th, 2011
Black Sabbath - Born Again

Black Sabbath - Born Again

Sanctuary has set a May 30 release date for the deluxe-edition reissue of BLACK SABBATH’s “Born Again” album.

 

“Born Again” was the only album by BLACK SABBATH featuring Ian Gillan — who was at the time a solo artist and former singer for DEEP PURPLE — on vocals.

 

Gillan had first turned down the offer to join BLACK SABBATH but his manager later convinced him to a meeting with Iommi and the band’s bass guitarist, Geezer Butler. Iommi and Butler met with Gillan at The Bear public house in Oxford and Gillan officially joined the band in February 1983.

 

Released in October 1983, “Born Again” was a commercial success. It was the highest-charting BLACK SABBATH album in the United Kingdom since “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and became an American Top 40 hit. Despite this, it became the first BLACK SABBATH album to not have any RIAA certification (gold or platinum) in the U.S.

 

“Born Again” deluxe-edition reissue track listing:

 

Disc 1: (marked as “Original Album”)

  1. Trashed
  2. Stonehenge
  3. Disturbing the Priest
  4. The Dark
  5. Zero the Hero
  6. Digital Bitch
  7. Born Again
  8. Hot Line
  9. Keep it Warm

Disc 2:

  1. The Fallen (Previously Unreleased Album Session Outtake)
  2. Stonehenge (Extended Version)Live at the Reading Festival, Saturday August 27 1983
    (BBC Friday Rock Show broadcast):
  3. Hot Line
  4. War Pigs
  5. Black Sabbath
  6. The Dark
  7. Zero the Hero
  8. Digital Bitch
  9. Iron Man
  10. Smoke on the Water
  11. Paranoid

Updated details from black-sabbath.com:
Disc 2 first. The first two tracks are a cool inclusion, especially if you’re not into collecting bootlegs and have never seen them before. The first is an unreleased (officially) track called “The Fallen”. It’s a pretty complete track from the Born Again sessions that was left off. I can see why it was left off, but it’s still a great track, glad it’s finally getting to see the light of day. The other is Stonehenge, which is a 5 minute long version (as opposed to the 1:58 version that’s on the proper album. So that’s cool, too.

The remainder of the tracks on Disc 2 are labeled as being the radio broadcast version of what’s known as the “Paranoid in Reading” bootleg. In all the time I’ve spent running this site, the two things people ask me for more than any other were the Ray Gillen version of Eternal Idol (released last year), and live stuff with Ian Gillan. Also being released on this set. Now those of you who are into bootlegs and things like that will immediately say “Well, what about the rest of the Paranoid at Reading show? The full show is a lot longer than what’s on this disc!” That’s a valid question, and one I raised myself to Universal when they sent me these materials. I asked why not the longer show? The response I was given back was (I’m paraphrasing here) that the longer version that they did have access to was seriously more inferior quality wise to what the BBC had in their archives from the radio broadcast in 1983. They felt it would have been too obvious to mix the two sources to get it all in there, and because the BBC version was so higher in quality, they chose to go with the better quality over the longer track listing. Their exact words were “too much of a contrast!” So that’s that.

Now. Disc 1. Born Again has had a quite legendary status in that the final mix was considered by a lot of people to be poor. Ian Gillan had a few stories where he threw copies out the window, and threw up when he heard it. Or was that the cover? Anyway, the album has been in desperate need of a remix. Even Tony Iommi said as much when he appeared on Bruce Dickinson’s radio show some time ago. Tony said that the album would get a proper remix. It’s something the fans have been clamoring for for ages. So, what’s on this album? The usage of the term “Original Album” could mean one of two things that I can think of. Either it’s a generic term to refer to “Hey, this is the running order the album was like in 1983”, or it could mean that it’s not the famed “remix”, and is a new remastering. It’s impossible to tell from the track listing. None of the materials that were sent to me indicate whether this is remixed, or just remastered.

So I’ve asked again, point blank about this situation, and will have ANOTHER update when I get more on that. Universal’s press guy told me I’m supposed to get the formal press release for the album in the next day or two, so there’s also that forthcoming.

I’ve also requested a review copy, so I can give it a listen and compare it to the original 80’s pressing of the CD I have (from Germany), as well as the 1996 Castle Remastered version. I want to see how they stack up to the new 2011 edition, whether remixed, remastered, or whatever.

More to come…

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black-sabbath.com reports: Armenian Charity Music Information

 

Who Cares

Who Cares

Some months ago there was news that Tony Iommi & Ian Gillan were writing new music, the first new music the two of them have done since 1983 and the Born Again album. Tony & Ian did work together about five years ago on Ian’s then solo album, “Gillan’s Inn”. If you never checked that out, you should. It has a new recording of Trashed on it.

 

But that’s the past. This is new. The project has a name, and it’s called “WhoCares”. The all-star lineup has recorded two new songs. They are to benefit a music school in Gyumri, Armenia.

 

First, the lineup, which is quite impressive.

 

Tony Iommi – Guitars (Black Sabbath)

Ian Gillan – Vocals (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)

Jason Newsted – Bass (Metallica, Voivoid, Flotsam & Jetsam)

Niko McBrain – Drums (Iron Maiden)

Jon Lord – Keyboards (Deep Purple)

Linde Linstrom – Guitars (HIM, a Finnish band)

 

This was all recorded back in September of 2010, and finally we’re getting some details on it. 🙂 The new charity release will consist of two songs. The names of the songs are called “Out of My Mind” & “Holy Water”. This will all be out worldwide on May 6th. The primary distribution format will be digital. Meaning your iTunes of the world, that kind of thing. There will be a physical media presence with the release, too. There will be a very limited press run of 7″ vinyl for the album (a total of 1,000 copies), and a CD version. The CD will have a video, and a 30 minute documentary on the making of the songs.

 

None of this is yet available for pre-order, but when it is, I will make sure and get that information out for sure. Below is some text from earMUSIC, the folks who are distributing the release about all this:

 

What hides behind this new band name is in fact the renewed musical union between legendary Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, with none other than Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi: the undisputed master of heavy guitar riffs.

 

The duo has recorded two brand new songs with the intent to support the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. Both Gillan and Iommi have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988 at 11:41am.

 

The collaboration of Gillan and Iommi, who have worked together before on the Sabbath album “Born Again”, is in itself an incredible news for all rock and metal fans and will be the best of surprises to get to know who is completing the band:None other than Jon Lord on keyboard (“Mr. Hammond”, partner with Gillan on all the Deep Purple classics), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, ex Metallica bass player Jason Newsted and HIM guitar player Linde Lindström are also featured on the two new songs.

 

WhoCares will release the 2 new songs on digital download and limited edition CD single on May 6th 2011: ‘Out of My Mind’ (and epic hard rock classic, destined to remain in time as a hard rock milestone) and ‘Holy Water’. The CD single will also contain the video clip of ‘Out Of My Mind’ and a 40-minute documentary that shows Gillan’s and Iommi’s involvement with the Armenia cause over the years.

 

There is no doubt that this is the most impressive rock ensemble ever to release new material in 2011.

 

Ian Gillan said: “The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done. It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer. The other guys need no introduction do they…”

 

Tony Iommi added:”Some twenty years ago when the call came, I thought, well at least I’ve helped, but it was going to Armenia and seeing the actual devastation caused by the earthquake that really made me realise that funds were still needed. Despite all the money that was raised last time, here was a music school doing their best, forgotten, in basic tin sheds. After the warmth and honour bestowed upon us during our visit, we just had to help make a difference and get the school re-built. And what better way than to hook up with some of rock’s greatest players and my old mate Ian, both an honour and a pleasure.”

 

There is also a video promo out now in which you can hear some of the new tunes. Check it out below:

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Former/Present Members Of BLACK SABBATH, HAMMERFALL, KING DIAMOND, VENOM Launch Supergroup

March 1st, 2011
Magnus Rosn, Tony Martin, Andy LaRocque

Magnus Rosn, Tony Martin, Andy LaRocque

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, ex-HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén and KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque have launched an all-star project that also features drummer Danny Needham (VENOM).

The as-yet-unnamed four-piece are currently writing material at LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden and in England.

The foursome stress: “This all-star band is not a project! It’s a band!”

Check out a photo below of Rosén, Martin and LaRocque in Sweden in late February. Martin held two workshops in Göteborg and Falköping, Sweden at Rosén’s Musikstationen and Musikskolan respectively. According to Rosén, “Tony Martin was a hit with his tales from the ten years he played with Black Sabbath. He also talked about his way of singing, plus even had a little live performance.”

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