EXCLUSIVE: Tony Iommi Reveals Future Black Sabbath Plans With Former Vocalist

4 March 2016 | 3:04 pm | Neil GriffithsMark Hebblewhite

Oh. My. Gawd.

Tony Iommi with Black Sabbath, Sydney 2013. Pic by Josh Groom

Tony Iommi with Black Sabbath, Sydney 2013. Pic by Josh Groom

Ahead of the Australian leg of Black Sabbath's final world tour, lead guitarist Tony Iommi has opened up about his future post-Sabbath in an exclusive interview with theMusic, where he revealed hopes of reuniting with former frontman Tony Martin to record new music, in addition to the re-issues of some of their classic material. 

Iommi confirmed that re-releases of Headless Cross and TYR are just around the corner. 

"We've held back on the reissues of those albums because of the current Sabbath thing with [current frontman Ozzy Osbourne], but they will certainly be happening," Iommi said.

"...I'd like to do a couple of new tracks for those releases with Tony Martin. I’ll also be looking at working on Cross Purposes (1994) and Forbidden (1995)."

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Iommi's comments come on the back of Martin announcing on his Facebook in January that the two had reconnected for the first time in 15 years and plan to work together. 

Martin fronted the band between 1987-1991 and then again from 1993-1997.

The 68-year-old also discussed the band's current feud with former drummer Bill Ward, who last year demanded an apology from Osbourne, after the singer suggested Ward's health would not allow him to complete a world tour

"Look we’d have loved to do some shows with Bill but it’s not as easy as all of us walking into a room together and going – let’s do it," Iommi said. 

"We have tried it a couple of times in the past with Bill but he’s pulled out at the wrong times really. I'm sure people don’t want us to come on tour and then suddenly Bill walks out.

"We all get on well but we can’t predict what Bill is going to do. If he walks out, he walks out and that’s it."

For details on Black Sabbath's Aussie shows next month, check out theGuide.

Stay tuned to theMusic for the full interview.