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Back In Black
From The Stone Roses to Van Halen, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of reunions. And the heavy rock get-together fans have been crying out for is on, with Ozzy Osbourne rejoining Black Sabbath for a new album and tour. Guitarist Tony Iommi discusses the historic get-together and fondly recalls their only Irish performance, in Dalymount Park a lifetime ago.
Roisin Dwyer, 23 Jan 2012
“Dave Grohl was brilliant,” he says. “He’s a really talented guy and so enthusiastic. It was a good eye-opener for me to work with so many different people. In fact I didn’t know some of them! Lots of singers were suggested at first and I didn’t have a clue who some of them were! When they mentioned Eminem I had no idea who he was!”
Another collaboration which Iommi speaks enthusiastically about is that with friend and fellow Birmingham resident Jasper Carrot, with whom he has played with on several occasions over the years.
“He’s a big name here!” laughs Tony. “I’ve known him for many years, I met him 25 years ago through Bev Bevan (ELO). Funnily enough I’ve just written something with him and he’s coming around to do vocals tomorrow, it’s for a new TV show he’s doing. The song is called ‘The Old Farts’!”
In addition to the impending reunion and tour, Iommi has several other irons in the fire.
“I’ve signed up to score three movies,” he says. “It’s with the guy who did all the Chainsaw Massacre films, but these will be more serious horror. I’m probably more busy now than I’ve been for years and I’m meant to be slowing down at this age!”
Tony Iommi’s Iron Man is out now through Simon and Schuster. Check hotpress.com for Black Sabbath tour news.