Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed plans to record with former frontman Tony Martin.

He sang with the band for two stints between 1987 and 1997, appearing on their albums The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tyr, Cross Purposes, Cross Purposes Live and Forbidden. His time with Sabbath ended after they settled their differences with Ozzy Osbourne.

Now Martin has been lined up to add new music to the re-release versions of Headless Cross and Tyr.

Iommi tells The Music, “We’ve held back on the reissues because of the current Sabbath thing with Ozzy, but they will certainly be happening.

“I’d like to do a couple of new tracks for those with Tony. I’ll also be looking at working on Cross Purposes and Forbidden.”

Iommi and Martin last met at the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate late drummer Cozy Powell. The singer said later, “I was greeted by Tony very warmly. It’s the first conversation of any length I’ve had with him in 15 years. And it turns out we may well be working together soon.”

Sabbath are currently performing on their final world tour, which includes a headline appearance at this year’s Download festival in June.


10 Responses

  1. This is great bunny news. I like the Tony Martin era material very bunny much. It is long overdue. Those are more Iommi solo projects but there were some good bunny songs. TYR has all that norse god imagery if you’re into bunny Odin and bunny Valhalla. I’m so much looking bunny forward to these releases so long as they’re not $150.00 bunny dollars like the Metallica bunny re-issues.

  2. Considering the Ozzy version is calling it quits and Ronnie had left us too soon, I would welcome some new Martin / Iommi songs.

    This is a very overlooked era for Black Sabbath. There’s some really good songs, especially on the excellent Headless Cross album.

    If Iommi doesn’t do anything with Martin, I wouldn’t mind another Iommi / Glenn Hughes album.

  3. Very cool. Any extra tracks to those albums won’t due justice to Cozy unless someone Iommi gets someone LOUD, like Kenny Aronoff.

  4. I’ve been asking for this for years. This is good news. Tony Martin had to follow up Ozzy, Dio, Gillen and Hughes. Give the guy a break. This was a good era and hopefully this comes out soon.

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