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. Next best lineup other than the Dio era, since no new music from Sabbath, just wish Cozy was still here to bash the skins, but Kenny Aronoff was great on the Iommi/Hughes project. Too bad Eric Singer wasn’t available.

  2. Tony Martin working with Tony Iommi is good news only if it’s under the Black Sabbath name. Headless Cross, Tyr and even Forbidden are classic Sabbath albums (Forbidden would have been so much better if Ernie C. hadn’t produced it, it needs to be remastered desperately) & should be promoted as much as Paranoid, Sabotage and Heaven And Hell.
    I’ve seen Sabbath with all 3 frontmen, Dio, Martin & Osbourne. Osbourne has the stage presence & interaction with the crowd, but Martin has the pipes. Dio to me, brought too much references to Rainbow with him (dungeons, dragons, rainbows, etc.). I never thought he fit in to well with Sabbath (although a good singer).
    I’m looking forward to the remastered versions of all the Tony Martin/Black Sabbath albums and it’s way overdue.

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