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?