Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Preparing To Write New Album

It looks like Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi is preparing to work on new music. The guitarist has confirmed that he will soon be “writing another album.”

Iommi said the following:

“It’s been a good year for me, 2022, in parts anyway. I’ve been writing and recording. I’m having a new studio built, which I’m really pleased about. Well, actually, the studio is built, and it’s almost ready to go; I’m just waiting for some equipment. Because of the war [in Ukraine], it’s sort of stopped some of the parts coming through. But we’re almost there. In another couple of weeks, I think I’ll be ready to go in and start work in there, which I’m really looking forward to — writing another album.”

He also further commented on Black Sabbath’s plans to reissue their Tony Martin-era albums:

“[In 2023], of course, we’re gonna have the Tony Martin box set and Cozy Powell and Neil Murray. And I’m looking forward to that, because a lot of people have asked about that, which is great. They wanted to see when it’s coming out, when it’s coming out. And we’ve done ’em in succession, really, with these albums. You can’t just bring everything out together; it has to come out in [the right] times. So we’ve had all the original SABBATH stuff come out, box sets, and then we’ve got the Ronnie [James Dio] stuff. And then the next thing will be the Tony Martin and then my solo stuff. So it’s gonna be busy again. But it’s great. And it’s nice to be doing the interviews and talking about what we did and all the rest of stuff.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tony Iommi Says Black Sabbath’s Tony Martin-Era Albums Will Be Reissued In 2023

Tony Iommi has confirmed that Black Sabbath will be reissuing the albums they recorded with singer Tony Martin in 2023. The guitarist said the following about that, while paying tribute to late drummer Cozy Powell:

“Cozy Powell would have been 75 today. Looking forward to the release of the IRS albums in 2023, a tribute to his great playing.”

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler Battling Pneumonia

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is currently battling pneumonia. His wife, Gloria Butler, commented:

“After day 1 at Dr with my husband & was told he was negative for flu, Covid, strep & tonsillitis; I said…well, he’s positive for being a pain in my arse. Day 2 at Dr, he was told he has pneumonia. Although, still positive for being a pain; I now feel guilty for thinking that.”

Watch Actress Vera Farmiga Cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”

Actress Vera Farmiga (“The Conjuring”, “Hawkeye”) has shared footage of herself performing a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” at the Rock Academy in Woodstock, NY. You can check that out below. Notably, Farmiga used the performance to raise awareness about Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. This news comes after the actress previously made headlines after covering Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” with Anthrax’s Scott Ian.

[via Metal Hammer]

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]

KnuckleBonz Announce New Black Sabbath Statue Set

KnuckleBonz have launched pre-orders for some new Black Sabbath statues. The figures will be released as a set featuring 1975-era versions of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. The bundle will be limited to 3000 and individual statues will not be available.

Watch Apocalyptica Cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” With Geezer Butler In Las Vegas

During Apocalyptica’s October 4 show at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV, the band were joined onstage by Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler for a performance of “War Pigs.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Deluxe Editions Of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell” & “Mob Rules” To Be Released In November

BMG will be releasing deluxe editions of Black Sabbath’s “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” next month. The expanded version of “Heaven And Hell” will be available on November 4, while the expanded version of “Mob Rules” will be available on November 18. Each album will come as a 2-CD or a 2-LP set featuring various bonus tracks.

“Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition”:

2-CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster):

01. “Neon Knights”
02. “Children Of The Sea”
03. “Lady Evil”
04. “Heaven And Hell”
05. “Wishing Well”
06. “Die Young”
07. “Walk Away”
08. “Lonely Is The Word”

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks:

01. “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights”
02. “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young”
03. “Lady Evil” – 7 Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980):

04. “Neon Knights”
05. “Children Of The Sea”
06. “Heaven And Hell”
07. “Die Young”

Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982):

08. “E5150”
09. “Neon Knights”
10. “Children Of The Sea”
11. “Heaven And Hell”

2-LP Track Listing:

Side One:

01. “Neon Knights”
02. “Children Of The Sea”
03. “Lady Evil”
04. “Heaven And Hell”

Side Two:

01. “Wishing Well”
02. “Die Young”
03. “Walk Away”
04. “Lonely Is The Word”

Side Three:

01. “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights”
02. “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young”
03. “Lady Evil” – 7″ Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
04. “Neon Knights” – Live 1980

Side Four:

01. “Children Of The Sea” – Live 1980
02. “Heaven And Hell” – Live 1980
03. “Die Young” – Live 1980

“Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition”:

2-CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster):

01. “Turn Up The Night”
02. “Voodoo”
03. “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”
04. “E5150”
05. “The Mob Rules”
06. “Country Girl”
07. “Slipping Away”
08. “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”
09. “Over And Over”

Bonus Tracks:

10. “The Mob Rules” – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
11. “Die Young” – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″
12. “The Mob Rules” – New 2021 Mix *

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82):

13. “Country Girl”
14. “Slipping Away”
15. “The Mob Rules”
16. “Voodoo”

Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982:

17. “Intro” *
18. “Neon Knights” *

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks:

Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982:

01. “N.I.B.”
02. “Children Of The Sea”
03. “Voodoo”
04. “Black Sabbath”
05. “War Pigs”
06. “Drum Solo”
07. “Iron Man”
08. “The Mob Rules”
09. “Heaven And Hell”
10. “Guitar Solo”
11. “Sign Of The Southern Cross”/”Heaven And Hell” – Reprise
12. “Paranoid”
13. “Children Of The Grave”

2-LP Track Listing:

Side One:

01. “Turn Up The Night”
02. “Voodoo”
03. “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”
04. “E5150”
05. “The Mob Rules”

Side Two;

01. “Country Girl”
02. “Slipping Away”
03. “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”
04. “Over And Over”

Side Three:

01. “The Mob Rules” – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
02. “Die Young” – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7″
03. The Mob Rules” – New 2021 Mix *
04. “Sign Of The Southern Cross”/”Heaven And Hell” – Reprise *

Side Four:

Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 – 2/1/82):

01. “Country Girl”
02. “Slipping Away”
03. “The Mob Rules”
04. “Voodoo”

Tony Iommi Says Ronnie James Dio Wanted To Record Another Heaven & Hell Album Prior To His Death

During a recent interview with Metal Talk, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi opened up about his late bandmate Ronnie James Dio. Notably, the guitarist also confirmed that the singer was hoping to record another Heaven & Hell album prior to his death.

Iommi said the following:

“It was real sad because we were really on a roll when we’d done [the debut HEAVEN & HELL album] ‘The Devil You Know’ and we were touring and we were really enjoying it. And I remember talking to Ronnie when we were in Japan. We went for dinner one night. We said, ‘Look, we’re not gonna say we’re gonna go for five years or whatever. We’ll just try it and see where it goes.

So we’d done the tour; we loved it and we enjoyed it. And when we were in this restaurant, I said to Ronnie, ‘Do you fancy doing anything more?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve gotta do another album. Let’s do another album, another tour.’ And that was the plan. That’s what we were gonna do. And, of course, Ronnie didn’t make it. But it was going so well and we had a great time being together. We loved working together. I loved working with Ronnie.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica, Tool, The Pretty Reckless, Etc. Members Added To Los Angeles Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show

Foo Fighters have added more special guests to their upcoming Taylor Hawkins tribute show. The event will take place at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, CA on September 27 and the updated lineup can be found below.

Lineup:

  • Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row)
  • Travis Barker (Blink-182)
  • Tommy Brenneck (Menahan Street Band, Budos Band)
  • Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
  • Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam)
  • Danny Carey (Tool)
  • Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Chevy Metal
  • Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
  • Stewart Copeland (The Police)
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Jon “Juano” Davison (Yes)
  • Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  • Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)
  • Josh Freese (The Vandals, Devo)
  • Violet Grohl
  • Omar Hakim
  • Justin Hawkins (The Darkness)
  • Shane Hawkins
  • Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age)
  • James Gang
  • Joan Jett
  • Alain Johannes
  • John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
  • Kesha
  • Mark King (Level 42)
  • Greg Kurstin (The Bird And The Bee)
  • Geddy Lee (Rush)
  • Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe)
  • Alex Lifeson (Rush)
  • Brian May (Queen)
  • Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless)
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Krist Novoselic (Nirvana)
  • P!nk
  • Mark Ronson
  • Rick Savage (Def Leppard)
  • Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe)
  • Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Luke Spiller (The Struts)
  • Roger Taylor (Queen)
  • Rufus Taylor (The Darkness)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • Jon Theodore (Queens Of The Stone Age)
  • Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
  • Wolfgang Van Halen (Mammoth WVH)
  • Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)
  • Nancy Wilson (Heart)
  • Pat Wilson (Weezer)
  • Nate Wood (Taylor Hawkins And The Coattail Riders)
  • Andrew Wyatt.