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MTV.com reports: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has no problem organizing his priorities. So when Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne called him early this year and told him they wanted Black Sabbath to headline the 2005 Ozzfest, he postponed plans to tour with his own band, Iommi, in order to head back to the stage with Sabbath.
However, by committing so resolutely to Sabbath, Iommi has been unable to support the recent release of his second solo album, "Fused," a granite-solid slab that sounds more like a groove-saturated cross between Deep Purple and Audioslave than anything by Sabbath.
Fittingly enough, Iommi was joined on the record by ex-Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes (who sang with Sabbath in the '80s), session drummer extraordinaire Kenny Aronoff and bassist/keyboardist Bob Marlette, who also produced the disc and co-wrote all of the songs. Now that Ozzfest is done, Iommi and his bandmates plan to hit the rehearsal studio, then tour to support Fused.
"I'm really looking forward to playing onstage with these guys," Iommi said on a down day from Ozzfest. "Kenny and Glenn have lots of enthusiasm and they certainly push me when we're all playing together, which is great."
Even though he's eager to start touring for "Fused," Iommi said it was no sacrifice to postpone those plans for Ozzfest. Ozzy recently announced that this summer was the last Ozzfest he will headline, although he may play occasional shows in the future. "We really get into it," he said. "I go for walks with [drummer] Bill [Ward] and we talk about the band and the shows and our lives. It's a good vibe. The only unfortunate thing is when we have to cancel shows, which is really disappointing. Ozzy's had a problem with his throat recently. He had to fly back to see a specialist in Los Angeles and he was as upset as anybody. But it's one of things you can't do anything about. If his voice goes, it goes. What can you do?"
Tony Iommi, the legendary Black Sabbath guitarist, will release his new album "Fused" on July 12, 2005, via Sanctuary Records. This will be Iommi's third solo album.
Joining Iommi on "Fused" is former Deep Purple vocalist/bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and former John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has also played sessions with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd and countless others. The trio will hit the road to promote Fused later this year after Black Sabbath finishes headlining the 10th anniversary Ozzfest tour.
The 10 songs on "Fused" are: "Dopamine," 'Wasted Again,' 'Saviour Of The Real,' 'Resolution Song,' 'Grace,' 'Deep Inside A Shell,' 'What You're Living For,' 'Face Your Fear,' 'The Spell' and 'I Go Insane.'
Iommi has worked with both Hughes and Aronoff in the past. Hughes is a longtime friend who sang on the 1986 Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi album "Seventh Star." In 2004, previously unreleased songs they had collaborated on eight years earlier were completed and released by Sanctuary as The 1996 DEP Sessions. Aronoff played drums on the song "Black Oblivion" on Iommi's self-titled 2000 solo album, which was loaded with all-star guest appearances. "Fused" was produced by Bob Marlette, who also manned the studio boards for Iommi. More...
Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes' (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) official web site has beeen updated with the following message:
"The day after the Arrow Classic Rock show on June 11th, Glenn, Chad Smith, JJ Marsh and Kjell Haraldson will play a show in Zoetermeer, Holland. This show (Sunday, June 12th) will be a full and original funkrock extravaganza! It will be the only European club gig so far featuring this line up. Furthermore, Glenn will play in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 28th. Finally, a South American tour is currently being put together for August 2005. Countries to be visited are Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. After this latin adventure the band might travel to Russia. A tour with Tony Iommi [BLACK SABBATH] is still in the pipeline, but is not likely to happen before November 2005. More details when available!"
As previously reported, Sanctuary Records has set a June 28 release date for the new collaboration between Iommi and Hughes. Aided by drummer Kenny Aronoff (ex-JOHN MELLENCAMP), the duo have cut 13 tracks, all produced by Bob Marlette, who worked on Tony's first solo album ("Iommi") in 2000 and the BLACK SABBATH "Reunion" album in 1998, and whose recent productions with SEETHER and SHINEDOWN spent time in the U.S. Billboard charts.
Sanctuary Records has reportedly set a June 28 release date for the new collaboration between BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH). Aided by drummer Kenny Aronoff (ex-JOHN MELLENCAMP), the duo have cut 13 tracks, all produced by Bob Marlette, who worked on Tony's first solo album ("Iommi") in 2000 and the BLACK SABBATH "Reunion" album in 1998, and whose recent productions with SEETHER and SHINEDOWN spent time in the U.S. Billboard charts.
Speaking to MelodicRock.com recently, Hughes said about the upcoming CD, "What we have here is one hell of a focused record. This is Iommi's best work. Riffs, songs…just blow-your-mind-type stuff. I told Tony it was his best work since BLACK SABBATH. It's one hell of a record….and when you here it you will know what I'm talking about. 'The DEP Sessions' was well received, we call that the appetizer for what's coming. The whole rock industry took a shine to us working together again. I'm going to do at least 80 shows solo this year and Tony and I will tour the world on this record. It's an album for me that will compete with VELVET REVOLVER and AUDIOSLAVE."
Black Sabbath pals Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler are considering a double header tour later in the year featuring their othjer projects Iommi/Hughes and G/Z/R. Nothing is finalized as of yet.