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12th October 2010

tony iommi

Tony Iommi has told Metal Hammer that he has started working on new material with a view to launching the next phase of his career alongside longtime Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler.

Exactly what banner Tony plays under in unclear right now but rumours of an Ozzy Osbourne fronted Black Sabbath reunion just will not seem to die down.

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The legendary guitarist said, "What I'm doing now is writing. I've gone mad, writing loads of riffs again. I'm really enjoying it, putting stuff together. We will be doing something.

"I'm in touch with Geezer a lot now and we've been talking about what the next phase is going to be. It'll be great to get out and do something again. I don't normally say this, but there's some great ideas coming out. That's all I've got to do right now. Sit and write riffs!"

Earlier this month, Tony and Ian Gillan headed back into the studio, joined by Jon Lord and Nicko McBrain to record a new track, 'Out Of My Mind', to raise money to rebuild a music school in Armenia. No bass player was named in the line-up and no mention has been made of this project being anything more than a one-off.

Surviving Heaven and Hell members Iommi, Butler and Vinny Appice played a very special tribute to their fallen bandmate Ronnie James Dio on July 24 at the High Voltage festival at Victoria Park in London with Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande standing in for Ronnie.

Glenn is busy with Black Country Communion at present but Jorn put in such a blinding performance that day that surely he is under consideration by Tony and Geezer for their next opus?



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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