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.

Ozzy Osbourne Says His New Album Will Feature Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck, And Eric Clapton

Ozzy Osbourne has revealed more of the special guests that will appear on his upcoming album. Among them will be his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi, his guitarist Zakk Wylde, who previously said he wasn’t going to appear on the effort, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton.

Osbourne said the following during a recent episode of “Ozzy Speaks” on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard:

“On this new album, I’m working with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi and Zakk [Wylde].”

He continued when asked what it’s like collaborating with other artists:

“You just write the song and you just ask them to sing [or play] what you [give them]. The good thing is it’s interesting to work with somebody else. But the bad thing is if it don’t work, you can’t [just let it go] ’cause they’ll get all pissed off”

He also added the following when asked if a guest ever turned in something that he didn’t like:

“No. Eric Clapton, on this new record, one of the lyrics was about Jesus, and he wasn’t sure about that. But it was all right in the end… [The solo he did] is very good.”

This news comes after producer Andrew Watt previously said that the record will also feature contributions from Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Tony Iommi Is “Thinking Of Remixing” Black Sabbath’s “Born Again”

During a recent interview with News.in-24, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi revealed that he is thinking about remixing the group’s 1983 album “Born Again.” The guitarist said the following about that, while discussing plans to publish material from all eras of the band:

“There should be a box set from the Tony Martin era (1987-1991, then 1994-1996). I’m also thinking of remixing the album “Born Again”, the one with Ian Gillan, now that we have found the original tapes.”

Tony Iommi Says “There Was Talk Of” A Black Sabbath Biopic

During a recent interview with SPIN, Tony Iommi was asked about the possibility of a Black Sabbath biopic. The guitarist responded with the following:

“Yes, there was talk of it, and I don’t know what happened. It sort of went out the window when all this thing [COVID-19] started. But we were talking about probably 18 months ago, about doing the biopic. I haven’t heard much else.”

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Says He Is “Not At All Happy” About The Unauthorized Release Of “Slapback”

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.

[via Blabbermouth]

Tony Iommi On The Possibility Of A Black Sabbath Reunion: “I Would Like To Play With The Guys Again. But I Can’t See That Happening”

During an interview with The Mercury News, Tony Iommi was asked about the possibility of a Black Sabbath reunion once again. The guitarist responded by saying that he “would like to play with the guys again. But [he] can’t see that happening.”

Iommi said the following when asked about the possibility of another Black Sabbath tour:

“(Laughs) I wouldn’t think so. But it’s a strange thing with Sabbath — how many times we thought we were with Ozzy, then we had Dio, then back to Ozzy, then Dio again, and then Ian Gillan and Tony Martin and Dio and back to Tony Martin. It’s gone backwards and forwards at different stages. So, you just never know.

I think it’s highly unlikely that we’d get back onstage again. It certainly wouldn’t be touring. We’d only do so many shows, if anything.

I would like to play with the guys again. But I can’t see that happening.

The reason we stopped touring in the first place was basically my fault, because I had to be careful of my health. When you book a tour — and it’s always an 18-month tour — it doesn’t sound a lot when you talk about it at first. But when you get out there, and you are touring, it’s bloody hard work.

And it wasn’t particularly good for my health, because of the blood cancer. So, I said, ‘Look, you know, this should the last tour, I think.’

But I really do miss it. I really miss playing onstage. I miss seeing the audience.”

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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.”

Knucklebonz Release New Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) “Rock Iconz” Statue

Knucklebonz have released a new “Rock Iconz” statue of Black Sabbath’s Tonny Iommi. The 1/9th scale figure is 8.82″ tall and it is limited to 3,000 copies. You can get one HERE.

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]