BLACK SABBATH guitar legend Tony Iommi is featured in a new interview conducted by Glenn BurnSilver for the Phoenix New Times. An excerpt from the discussion is available below:
Q: How is playing together–recording together–after so many years of tension and not being in the studio? The last album with the original lineup was in 1978… Ozzy was booted out in 1979…
Iommi: “Tensions? The tensions over the years have mainly been about business. It’s not been personal at all. We always got on well on a personal level. It’s been going really good.
It’s just a different attitude now. When we got back together to record this album everybody had a different attitude toward what we were doing this time. We wanted to make an album together. We all really appreciated each other and respected each other. That’s really the only way to go into it–a full band commitment–and everybody was ready to put everything into it.
We did try back 12 years ago, and nobody could settle on it then. It wasn’t the right time, there were to many things going on. Ozzy was doing MTV, so it just didn’t work then. We weren’t going to do it until everybody was fully committed, and that was this time. Rubin was interested in doing the album (in 2001). We played him some tracks but that’s as far as we got with it. We pulled the plug on it. We never got into the studio. We’d just played him some tracks.”
Click here for the complete interview.
Black Sabbath hit Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, August 14th in support of the band’s #1 album, 13.
Bassist Geezer Butler posted the following message: “At the Toronto gig last night, we were presented with a double gold disc award for sales of the latest album, 13. Then we were presented with official Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys, plus it was an absolutely fantastic show. Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada.”