Heaven And Hell speak
Philip Wickstrand of MetalEater.com recently conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN AND HELL guitarist Tony Iommi. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
MetalEater.com: Now I know the question has already been answered in various outlets, but there’s still a lot of people that aren’t sure why the reunion is being called HEAVEN AND HELL, as opposed to BLACK SABBATH.
Iommi: “Well, originally, it started up, we were going to call the tour ‘Heaven And Hell’ and it went from there to ‘Yeah, let’s call the band HEAVEN AND HELL and separate the two things so people know what they’re getting. It’s not the Ozzy version of… if we go out as BLACK SABBATH, it could confuse things because we’ve just done a tour as BLACK SABBATH with Ozzy, and so we thought it’d be nice to have a fresh start, go out as something different, because all the set’s going to be Dio-era music, so it just sounds right to call it HEAVEN AND HELL. I mean, we could call it SABBATH, I own the name, but we thought it was best to do this and call it… then you don’t get everybody going ‘oh, bloody hell, I thought it was BLACK SABBATH.’ And it keeps it clean, I think and we like the idea of going out as something different and we don’t need to have to play the old BLACK SABBATH stuff if we don’t want to.”
MetalEater.com: Can we expect the possibility of a new studio album?
MetalEater.com: With Dio.
Iommi: With Dio… well, nothing’s out of the question. I think… we actually talked about it when everybody was at my house here, when we were recording these three tracks. We said ‘bloody hell, we could record an album at the moment’ and we had to sort of stop ourselves at three songs. And at first, the record company didn’t want to put three songs, and anyways, we sort of said ‘we’ve got to have three songs’, but we were already together, we could have done it and who knows? I mean, it would be nice to do an album I think. I think whatever comes now to just take it and do it, you know; I’ve got no boundaries at all.”