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Ozzfest Over, Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi Resumes Solo Career

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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?"

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1. peter griffin from family guy writes:

Sabbath Kicks f***ing Ass

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2. The Grim Reaper writes:

LOL... Yeah, for two albums: "Black Sabbath" and "Paranoid". The rest were utter crap and they're just milking the cash cow that they've made out of their old hits. They're little more than a cover band with a singer who could never sing in the first place.

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3. key to nothing writes:

get out of here you little prick,just because your a p***y pop lover doesnt mean you have a right to rag on great musicians

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4. The Grim Reaper writes:

Iommi is ok, as is Geezer Butler - although, to tell the truth, Iommi can't hold a candle to Blackmore or Page or Smith or even Kirk Hammett. I have EVERY right to rag on boring bands who've worn out their welcome with poser cliches. B.S. were perhaps the archetypal poser metal band, with all the pseudo-satanism, which they exploited merely for shock value. Oh, and when will O$$y learn to sing? Even Bob Dylan sounds better than him.

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