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]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Ozzy Osbourne Says He Doesn’t Have “The Slightest Interest” In Playing Another Black Sabbath Show

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne said that he has no desire to ever play another show with Black Sabbath. The frontman had the following to say after it was mentioned that guitarist Tony Iommi was open to the idea:

“Not for me. It’s done. The only thing I do regret is not doing the last farewell show in Birmingham with [drummer] Bill Ward. I felt really bad about that. It would have been so nice. I don’t know what the circumstances behind it were, but it would have been nice. I’ve talked to [Tony] a few times, but I don’t have any of the slightest interest in [doing another gig]. Maybe Tony’s getting bored now.”

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 Says He Is “Not Opposed” To Playing More Shows With Black Sabbath

During an interview with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation,” Tony Iommi discussed Black Sabbath’s farewell tour, which came to an end in 2017. Notably, the guitarist also said he would be open to playing more shows with the band:

“I think that it would be good, if we could do that. The hard thing is, certainly with SABBATH, because it’s such a big thing, you can’t just do an occasional show, because of the crew, and you have the whole setup. It would have to be a year or an 18-month tour… I’m not opposed to doing anything; I just would do it in a different way.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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.”

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) To Launch Charity Auction

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) has announced that he will be auctioning off some personal items to raise money for Birmingham’s Heartlands hospital charity. The auction is currently set to launch on Monday (April 6).

Iommi commented:

“News of a charity auction commencing Monday:

We were about to announce a charity “evening with Tony Iommi” to raise some money for the Birmingham hospitals, when this awful virus struck. Now as all charitable events have been cancelled, I wanted to still do something to help. So, I’ve put a few things together of my own up for auction. All the money raised will go to the Birmingham’s Heartlands hospital charity.

Please! I hope that you can help, they really do need our support ! Without these doctors and nurses, what would we do….we owe them so much! — Tony”

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) On The Possibility Of Releasing New Music: “I’ve Got Loads Of Stuff”

During a recent interview with Guitarist, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) was asked if he is planning to release new music. He responded by saying that he has “loads of stuff” and that he is hoping to “put it down properly.”

Iommi said the following:

“Well, that’s the million-dollar question. I’ve got loads of stuff. I keep saying to Ralph [Baker], my manager, ‘I want to put it down properly,’ but the engineer I’ve used for years, Mike Exeter, has gone on to do other things… I’d like to put some stuff down, but it won’t be a touring band. Actually, Brian May [Queen] came over and I gave him four or five CDs of riffs, and he’s going, ‘You’ve got to do an album with these, just put them out like that.’ I said, ‘No, I don’t want to do that. I’m going to do them properly.'”

He also added that he would like to get some other musicians involved:

“I sort of did it with the ‘Iommi’ album in 2000. I had Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan and all sorts of people on it. Another two embarrassing things that I didn’t go for was one where they said, ‘This chap wants to do something. Eminem.’ ‘Who the bloody hell is Eminem?’ I didn’t know, and I went, ‘Oh, no.’ And Kid Rock. So I turned a few people down that became quite big later, but I hadn’t the faintest idea. I’d tried to do it before with Planty [Robert Plant] and a few others, but it was so hard because of management and all that. But the last one, they really wanted to do it, and I enjoyed playing with different people.”