Ozzy Osbourne Open To Making More Music With Tony Iommi, But Not As Black Sabbath

During a recent episode of “Ozzy Speaks” on SiriusXM, Ozzy Osbourne talked about recording “Degradation Rules” with Tony Iommi for his latest solo album “Patient Number 9.” Notably, the frontman says he would be open to working with Iommi again, but not under the Black Sabbath banner.

Osbourne had the following to say after co-host Billy Morrison asked if “Degradation Rules” will lead to more activity from Black Sabbath:

“No, not more Black Sabbath. But I wouldn’t say no to do some more with Tony. Black Sabbath is a completely different music to what I’m into now.”

He also added the following about recording the track:

“[It] was great. I mean, now you don’t have to sit in a room; you can do it over the phone. That track would have been a great Black Sabbath track on the ’13’ album. I wasn’t really in love with that ’13’ album.”

He continued when asked if Black Sabbath is over:

“Well, it’s kind of, like, how many times do you wanna do the same… it’s the same format, you know? It was very successful for a lot of years, and people wanted to see us. I did that farewell tour. And the only thing about that which was sad [was that drummer] Bill Ward wasn’t there. But I’ve spoken to Bill since. He’s all right. I would work with any of them individually. But as Black Sabbath, I think it’s [over]. We couldn’t really beat what we’ve already done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Perform At Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

On July 28, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi performed during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England. The guitarist and saxophonist Soweto Kinchled helped lead a “dream sequence,” called “Hear My Voice,” during the event. The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a 700-strong community choir also took part.

[via Blabbermouth]

Ozzy Osbourne Reunites With Tony Iommi For New Song “Degradation Rules”

Ozzy Osbourne has reunited with his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi for a new song titled “Degradation Rules.” That track is from the frontman’s new album “Patient Number 9,” which will be released on September 9.

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi To Open Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

On July 28, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi will be taking part in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England. The guitarist will be leading a “dream sequence” called “Hear My Voice” alongside saxophonist Soweto Kinch. Joshua “RTKal” Holness will serve as the musical director for the event, which is also set to feature Duran Duran and more.

Tony Iommi Releases New Song And Fragrance “Scent Of The Dark”, Confirms He Wrote A Song On Ozzy Osbourne’s New Album

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has released a new song titled “Scent Of The Dark.“ The track, which features guitarist Sergio Momo, bassist Jimmy Crutchley, drummer Ash Sheehan, celloist Rebecca Rose, and violinist Julianne Bourne, can be found below. Notably, Iommi has also teamed up with Xerjoff and Sergio Momo for a new “Scent Of The Dark” fragrance as well.

Iommi told Rolling Stone the following about the new song:

“I’ve recorded a lot of riffs and tracks [in recent years] with Mike Exeter. And with this one, I couldn’t imagine who would sing on it; it just seemed ideal to put it down as an instrumental. I’ve had the main part for a while, and I just added some new parts to it. Then I added these other gloomier riffs to make it blend in with this perfume idea. I really liked the idea of using some violins and cellos and stuff, and so we did on this track.”

On another note, Iommi also confirmed that he wrote a new song for his Black Sabbath bandmate Ozzy Osbourne:

“As you’ve probably read, I worked with Ozzy for his album. I wrote the whole track and played on it and played the solo on it. It’s horrible, really. … No. I’m joking. No, it’s good. It’s really good. And I like what Ozzy sang on it. I think he did a really good job. And I think they had Chad [Smith] play drums on it. I’ve left it in their hands now.”

New Fossil Named After Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi

A group of Danish/Swedish paleontologists have discovered a new species of conodonts. The 469 million-year-old fossil was found in Russia and the scientists have decided to name it after legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

Blabbermouth shared more information on the discovery:

“The fossil is around 469 million years old and was recovered from a succession of limestone in western Russia, rocks that once formed the sea floor sediments during the Ordovician Period. Because the species proved to be new to science, it had to be formally baptized with a unique Latin moniker. As all study authors are passionate hobby musicians and have long love affairs with the history of heavy rock music, they decided to honor one of heavy metal’s true pioneers — guitar legend Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.”

Paleontologist Mats E. Eriksson said the following:

“I personally have quite an extensive track record of combining my science of palaeontology with heavy music (manifested through fossils named after Lemmy Kilmister, Alex Webster and King Diamond, but also through the travelling exhibition Rock Fossils, popular science books, and even ‘paleo metal’ records), so it came easy to me.

Tony Iommi has been high on my list of people I wanted to honor this way. To my great pleasure, both my fellow co-authors loved the suggestion. So, now Tony Iommi is also immortalized in the scientific literature with the gorgeous species Drepanoistodus Iommii.”

“I commissioned legendary ‘heavy metal painter’ Joe Petagno — whom I have been working with several times over the last few years — to make a majestic, honorary painting. I love the piece that Joe affectionately refers to as ‘Tony Iommi conjuring an otherworldly gargantuan conodont.'”

Conodont specialist Jan Audun Rasmussen also commented:

“Drepanoistodus Iommii is indeed excellently preserved, belongs to a complex group of conodonts, and has great potential as a time marker (so-called biostratigraphy).”

Anders Lindskog added:

“The rocks we sampled at a steep Russian river bluff might not look like much to the naked eye, but they have turned out to be a treasure trove for us fossil aficionados.”

You can read a scientific article focusing on three new species HERE.

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Tony Iommi has officially received the COVID-19 vaccine. This news comes after his Black Sabbath bandmates Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler recently got the shot.

Iommi told Consequence Of Sound the following when asked about his health:

“Hopefully okay. Funny enough, I had a blood test yesterday, and I also had my [COVID] virus vaccine jab yesterday, as well. I always have myself checked over regularly and try to keep on top of anything that might pop up. Of course, at my age, things pop up. But I feel fine and everything seems to be — touch wood — going all right at the moment.”

He also added the following about his current projects:

“I’d like to be working on things more than what I am at the moment. All I’m down to at the minute is just sort of playing riffs at home, basically — and jotting them down. I’m waiting for the time … because in England now, we’re on a complete lockdown. Once they lift the lockdown, I can get my engineer here — because it’s set up in his way that he works everything, and I just play — which I like. I don’t like getting involved with the other side of it now. When it was the old tapes … but now, it’s gone to computers and I can’t keep up with the gadgetry these days. And my engineer can. So, when the lockdown lifts and he can come over here and can work in my house, I’m going to start putting things down again and then decide what I’m going to do — if I’m going to have a singer on it or if it’s going to be for a movie track. I don’t know. But it’s great now — I’m in a position where I don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to tour. I can do it at my own leisure — which I really enjoy. I love playing and I’ve got so much stuff to put out — I just want to get it done.”

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Says He Recorded A Song With Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason For A Charity Album

During a recent interview with La Heavy, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi revealed that he has recorded a song with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason for an upcoming charity album. He said the following about that:

“A few weeks ago, Nick and I recorded a song for a charity album that will raise funds to fight cancer. They asked me to go and provide some riffs for it. Of course, I gladly agreed.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Says He Has New Music “In The Pipeline”

During a recent interview with Guitar World, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) was asked about the possibility of new music once again. The guitarist responded by saying that he already has new material “in the pipeline.”

Iommi said the following:

“I want to start putting some stuff down. I was putting ideas down last year, but I haven’t done anything with them as yet. I’ve been working on and off with Mike Exeter, who has been my engineer for years now, remixing [Black Sabbath’s 1995 effort] ‘Forbidden’, the old Tony Martin/Cozy Powell/Neil Murray record, and we’ve really taken our time with that. But I said to Mike, ‘Once we’ve got this out of the way, we need to start putting these riffs down.’ So it’s in the pipeline.”

He also added the following when asked if he knows how is planning to present the music:

“I might do some stuff for films or for a TV series or something. I’d like to just get everything down and then decide if I’m going to have a singer or what else. But I’ve got hundreds of riffs. Brian May [Queen] came over a few months ago and we sat outside and I was playing him some of them. And he said, ‘You’ve got to do something with these — we’ve got to do something with these.’ Because we’ve talked about putting some stuff down. So I gave him three or four CDs full of riffs and he took off with them. And you know, he’s busy with Queen stuff all the time. But when the time is right, I suppose we will do something.”

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Auctioning Off Signed Epiphone SG Guitar And More For Charity

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) has launched an eBay auction to raise money for Birmingham’s Heartlands hospital charity. The guitarist said the following about that:

“The Tony Iommi auction to benefit the Birmingham’s Heartlands hospital charity is now live! All items are from Tony’s personal stash, all will be autographed, and the winner will get free shipping to wherever, that includes the Epiphone SG guitar! Some of the others include a Japanese DVD set of “The End Live in Birmingham”, a Dehumanizer 2CD set, and many more! You can view all the items for auction here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/queenelizabethhospitalcharity The shipping won’t be next day, but you won’t have to pay for it, and all proceeds will go straight to the charity.”