Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has announced the 2012 lineup of his HEADLESS CROSS touring project.
The group, whose live set celebrates the SABBATH album “Headless Cross”, consists of the following musicians:
* Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH, THE CAGE) – Vocals
* Danny “Danté” Needham (VENOM) – Drums
* Geoff Nicholls (ex-BLACK SABBATH) – Keyboards
* Dario Mollo (VOODOO HILL, THE CAGE) – Guitar
* Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL) – Bass
HEADLESS CROSS is scheduled to perform on the east coast of England at the end of July, with more appearances to be announced.
A slightly different lineup of HEADLESS CROSS — with Martin, Nicholls and Needham as the only holdovers — was scheduled to tour the U.S. in 2009 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of “Headless Cross”, but was forced to cancel the trek at the last minute, reportedly due to promoter issues.
BLACK SABBATH released six albums with Tony Martin on vocals: “The Eternal Idol” (1987), “Headless Cross” (1989), “Tyr” (1990), “Cross Purposes” (1994), “Cross Purposes Live” (1995) and “Forbidden” (1995).
In a 2011 interview with CriticalMass.se, Martin made it clear that he was not interested in reuniting with BLACK SABBATH again. “Not the band,” he said. “But I don’t have any problems with the people, though. For example, I would work with Tony Iommi, maybe. It’s just that I wouldn’t like to do the same thing that I did before. Just singing Ozzy songs, Dio songs and all the rest of it and my music being pushed aside. That was my issue.
Martin also revealed that made fans will, unfortunately, not see him on tour that much anymore. “It’s just too hard,” he explained. “Every time we go out on the road, we lose money. They expect us to play for free or for less and less each time and we can’t run an operation like that. It’s just not possible. That’s disappointing, ’cause I want to be out on the road! It’s a natural place for a musician to be. Playing gigs is part of the fun. But you can’t do it for nothing, and if you have to sell your house or your car or have to get a day job as an electrician or something to pay to go and play, then that’s no fun and it’s also damaging to your family and your life.”
Martin‘s last solo album, “Scream”, was released in November 2005 via MTM Music. The CD featured legendary drummer Cozy Powell (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE) on the track “Raising Hell” as well as songwriting contributions by another SABBATH member, Geoff Nicholls.