As previously reported, Gary Rees, the stepson of late Black Sabbath keyboardist Geoff Nicholls, recently shared a previously unreleased track, titled “Slapback,” from Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio-era. Now, during an interview on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” guitarist Tony Iommi commented on the song and said that he is “not at all happy” about its release.
Iommi said the following:
“I’m not at all happy with [Nicholls’s estate releasing the song] — at all. And it’s left a really bad taste in my mouth. At that point, when we did that, Geoff wasn’t even involved in the band; I hadn’t even got Geoff over at that time. That is actually Ronnie playing bass on that… And that was just in the lounge recorded on a cassette.”
He continued when asked why “Slapback” was never released before:
“We had one or two things that we’d jam around on and play on and stuff, but it [wasn’t] right for the album, so we didn’t put it into shape; we didn’t record it [properly] or anything.”
This news comes after Geezer Butler recently claimed that he played bass on the track.