Metro.co.uk recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Metro.co.uk: Did you learn anything about yourself from writing the book [“Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath”]?
Iommi: I shocked myself with the amount of things I’ve done and the things I forgot about doing. I look back and it all seems a bit confusing.
Metro.co.uk: How has the music industry changed since you started?
Iommi: When we started you had people who followed you for a long time, we still do, but it turns over fast now. In the old days you’d get a five-album record deal, now it’s one album and if it doesn’t sell a million, you’re gone. Its sad record stores have gone. It was great to go into them and look at album covers and have a look around. It’s all online now, which is more convenient I suppose.
Metro.co.uk: What’s your relationship with Ozzy Osbourne like now?
Iommi: It’s good. We’ve had our ups and downs in the past but it’s been blown out of proportion to the point where, from the outside it looks really bitter, but we’ve never really fallen out.
Metro.co.uk: He sued you over who owns the name of the band though.
Iommi: Yes, but we’ve sorted that out now. These things crop up. You sort them out and then they go away.
Metro.co.uk: Will you record with him again?
Iommi: Who knows? It’s like when we had Ronnie James Dio with us, we broke up, got back together, did another album and tour. You can never tell. We got back together with Ozzy in 1997 and toured so you never know what’s around the corner.
Metro.co.uk: What have you got left to achieve in your career?
Iommi: I’m doing the soundtrack to three horror films, which I’m looking forward to. I’ve got a lot of ideas but won’t know where to start until I see the films.
Read the entire interview from Metro.co.uk.