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David Jul-12-2005 11:30 AM

More Press - FUSED

For those of you in Japan - you should check out the latest edition of BURRN! Magazine where GLENN and Tony Iommi are interviewed by Valerie Potter. Apparently Fused gets a glowing review too.

And for those in Europe, the Iommi/Hughes partnership adorns the cover of Dutch published, Headache Magazine, plus the latest issue of Aardschok, also contains an interview with the guys by Gerd Jan Vleugels.

Tony Takano Jul-15-2005 5:38 AM

Ooops David ! You are quicker than I am :div27:

I need to go to a bookshop tomorow :thanx:

David Jul-19-2005 10:16 AM

Iommi Interview
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Here's an interview with Tony Iommi from the most recent issue of USA based publication, Volume Entertainment Mag -Volume 1, Issue 8.

David Jul-22-2005 10:12 AM

Black Sabbath veterans are "Fused" for Ozzfest
Black Sabbath veterans are "Fused" for Ozzfest

Asbury Park Press

It's a strange thing how Tony Iommi keeps having bitter breakups with Black Sabbath singers — followed decades later by happy reunions.

Iommi is the founding guitarist for Black Sabbath, and the only member to participate in every lineup since the band formed in drizzly Birmingham, England, 37 years ago. (Black Sabbath is headlining the Ozzfest 2005 tour set to land in Holmdel this week.)

Founding Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne - the namesake of the tour - was booted out of Sabbath in 1979 after a stormy period of band infighting and substance abuse. Today, Iommi and Osbourne are reunited in Sabbath.

History recently repeated itself for Iommi, with likewise happy results.

In 1989, singer/bassist Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, Deep Purple) joined Black Sabbath for a one-album hitch. Hughes, who is now clean and sober, admits he was hardly on his best behavior at the time.

Now, like Iommi and Osbourne before them, Iommi and Hughes have let bygones be bygones. Hughes is singing for Iommi's solo band; their second album together, Fused (Sanctuary), is out this month.

"I got in touch with Glenn and we decided to get together and let's see how we get on," Iommi says from England.

"He came over and we just started writing again. It all clicked in very, very quick. We got a drummer (Kenny Aronoff), just to jam along with us. We just started writing, and it felt really good.

"The excitement was ridiculous. We were like a couple of kids. We really got a thrill from what we were doin'. We really appreciate what we've got and the chance of being able to write together again."

On Fused, Iommi and company played their parts with few overdubs or digital tricks.

"We wanted to capture it live and all play together," Iommi says. "It enabled us to play in the studio live, which was good fun. Particularly on the last track (I Go Insane), which is quite a long track. Playing that live was really a test because if you make a mistake in it, you've gotta do it all again.

"So I think it kept us all on our toes."

Iommi considered pulling double-duty at Ozzfest 2005; that is, playing two sets per show, one with Sabbath and one with Hughes.

"We did actually think of that first," Iommi says with a laugh. "But it's probably a bit strange to go on before ourselves, if you know what I mean - to go on with Glenn and then go on with Sabbath. I think on this occasion, we thought it best just to do it with the Sabbath lineup. But certainly, in future, I'd love to do some (live) stuff with Glenn."

David Jul-23-2005 3:30 PM

UK Press Ad....
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Here's a print press advertisement that's doing the rounds in the UK music magazines for Fused.

Grace Jul-24-2005 2:20 PM

Nice of them to mention:

Too bad that there isn't a web site named:

I guess that that's too much to expect, huh, David?

:( :(

James Gaden Jul-25-2005 8:45 AM

Yes, but is listed in the Fused inlay booklet though, so we can't complain really. Botton line is, this is a Tony Iommi SOLO album. It's not Iommi / Hughes, it's not Black Sabbath with Glenn on vocals, it's IOMMI. So the fact Glenn has been pictured with Tony in some interviews, has his website on the booklet and his name on the cover are all major bonuses in my book. Anybody remember what happened with the Alchemist?


Grace Jul-25-2005 1:09 PM


Originally Posted by James Gaden
Yes, but is listed in the Fused inlay booklet though,
so we can't complain really.

I was making a comment about this particular ad (advert).
And for them not to include GH's web sites next to the other two
~ you betcha' I'm gonna complain, James :mad:


Botton line is, this is a Tony Iommi SOLO album.
Nope. It isn't.
And not just because I'm a GHCP.
A Tony Iommi solo album would be 10 instrumental songs,
with a backing band of qualified session musicians.


It's not Iommi / Hughes,
So far, this is as close as you've come to winning a cigar.
If one wanted TO BE FAIR, it would be: Iommi/Hughes/Arnoff
It's not like you are dealing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
There are only three people here. Each is responsible for 1/3
of the sound coming out of the speakers. If Mr. Arnoff is good
enough to be 1/3 of the sound, his name belonged on the
"Fused" album cover, too.

I wonder how he felt when HE first saw the cover of "Fused?"
He probably said to himself: "What am I, the invisible man?"


So the fact Glenn has been pictured with Tony in some interviews,
has his website on the booklet and his name on the cover
are all major bonuses in my book.
Anybody remember what happened with the Alchemist?
SOME GH publicity compared to NO GH publicity.
Nope, that's no major bonus in my book.
You should get back what you put in.

But I still love 'ya, James :)

James Gaden Jul-26-2005 12:52 PM


Originally Posted by Grace
And not just because I'm a GHCP.
A Tony Iommi solo album would be 10 instrumental songs,
with a backing band of qualified session musicians.... Each is responsible for 1/3 of the sound coming out of the speakers. If Mr. Arnoff is good enough to be 1/3 of the sound, his name belonged on the "Fused" album cover, too.

I wonder how he felt when HE first saw the cover of "Fused?"
He probably said to himself: "What am I, the invisible man?"

I have to respectfully disagree there Grace. It's Iommi's album, depsite Glenn contributing. That does not make it a division of labour, nor does it make it a band project. Kenny and Glenn are present on there because they are exactly what you mentioned - session musicians.

The fact that Glenn wrote lyrics and played bass is neither here nor there. That's what he was hired to do, by Tony. That's why Glenn did three sets of vocals for Tony to pick what was best. It was Tony's call because it's Tony's album. If it was a fair division of work surely Glenn would have decided and wahey, we have a new power trio.

We know Iommi isn't a lyric writer. Yet check out Sabbath's "Eternal Idol" CD - it says all songs written by Tony Iommi. I'd bet my CD collection that Tony Martin was the man who put words to the riffs - he was brought in to do a job. There's no credit for whatever reason. Glenn isn't credited to any of the "Burn" album that I know he wrote on for contractual reasons. "Seventh Star" isn't a Sabbath album, it's an Iommi solo album. It had it's name changed to Sabbath to sell. It's what is best for marketing. Glenn was the hired voice, he was never meant to be a Sabbath vocalist. Glenn is not credited as to contributing anything to the writing of "Seventh Star" but I'm betting he did. That's the way of the business.

Glenn's name made the cover because he's a vocal legend and it's an extra push for Iommi, because people like me and quite possibly you will buy it for Glenn, not for Tony. Iommi and his management have called the shots right the way down the line, because like it or not, Iommi's name sells in bigger quantities than Glenn's in the rock circles. Put both together and now we got a stew going. But it's still Tony's CD. The sounds alone tells you that.

It's Iommi's management who rationed what samples of the CD were available online, and who got promos. The only reason "Fused" is in Fireworks this month is because I said I'd cover it because I had it. I love Glenn and I think Tony's ok, which is why I bought this album but not the previous Iommi solo CD. To be honest I'm delighted Glenn is getting publicity from this, but the bottom line is, he will have to make way for Tony because that's who's album it is. Not a band, not Sabbath, an Iommi solo CD.


toadsterama Jul-26-2005 2:27 PM

I'm afraid James is right. And while there have been the odd magazine interview or two that feature both Glenn and Tony, the two nationally broadcast clips that David put links up for both feature...wait for it...Tony Iommi. And let's not forget that huge blue logo in the middle of the "Fused" album cover, the one that says IOMMI. Glenn's name is on the cover with Tony's because they are longtime friends, and GH cowrote the songs. It's a partnership, sure, but not an even split like HTP was. It's weighted about 60/40 in Tony's favour, at least. I don't think Kenny Aronoff's name should be on the cover. If it was a trio called "HIA" or "IHA", sure. But he was just the drummer - he didn't write the songs, and he's not doing the promotion for the album. And that's why Jimmy Copley's name wasn't on the "DEP Sessions" cover, either.

I think Glenn's being treated fairly, and I'm happy to find a new Glenn Hughes-related album at my local Best Buy, Borders, etc for a change.


Chip Jul-26-2005 2:52 PM

Hit Parader
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This is from the August 2005 issue of Hit Parader.

David Jul-26-2005 3:58 PM

Pleased to see Hit Parader included in the coverage.....although reading that piece, it feels like it was conducted last year? Anyway, Glenn gets a mention and that's the main thing :)

tony g Jul-26-2005 4:34 PM

im afraid i have to agree with james on this one -i remember ozzy bitching about the old days and how iommi likes to control everything - but i appreciate your loyalty grace - but like christian said in another thread i believe all the songs on FUSED have been "glenned" :singer: - its also nice to see grace busting somebody elses balls for a change (not just mine) :D

mark Jul-27-2005 5:58 AM

Right on Todd! Eternal Idol.....I will bet all of my XM RADIO stock that the late GREAT Ray Gillen contributed on a LOT of that GREAT album ;)

Grace Jul-28-2005 11:10 AM

OK, OK, all of you evil people.....the majority rules.

I thought that somebody from a desert island, who wouldn't
know Mssrs. Iommi or Hughes from a bowl of macaroni, would
listen to this CD and normally hear the singer first and then
hear the guitar and drums.

What I was trying to get across was that somebody, not
knowing anything of power politics, or name recognition value,
or the combined gross income of Black Sabbath over the years,
would listen to "Fused" and say "Snappy drumwork, incredibly
fantastic guitar work......but who is that guy singing?"

PS......Nobody respects us poor ax murderers anymore.


James Gaden Jul-29-2005 3:36 AM

Awwwww. Now you almost make me feel bad for being right Grace :lol:


Mark Hoffman Aug-02-2005 10:20 AM

I also agree with James- but I think Tony really did his friend Glenn well on this album... For a guitar player's solo album- what do we hear -3 maybe four solos? And most of the solos are quite "quaint" with the exception of "I Go Insane". Of course Glenn is my all-time favorite musician/vocalist, but I am a huge fan of Tony Iommi's guitar playing and I could have stood more- longer Iommi solo's. But I think that "Fused" ended up as a really nice show case for Glenn's rock vocals- and I'm guessing that it was by Tony's choice. Glenn's melodies are stellar (as usual)- he did not just come up with the words you know! Tony is the riff master- and Glenn is a natural when it comes to laying down the words and melodies. And for some reason the "fusion" between these two musicians comes off magical. And I can't help but being tickled to hear an Iommi album with such a positive words and notions... our Glenn... the guy who put the funk in Purple, and Grace in Black!

Ken Aug-02-2005 6:40 PM

Cheers Mark!

Its gonna be even better live :)

Grace Aug-03-2005 6:54 AM


Originally Posted by Mark Hoffman
......our Glenn......the guy who put the funk in Purple, and Grace in Black!

The guy who put the funk in Purple,
and Grace in black.

I totally love this quote, Mark.
Maybe Glenn should use it for future advertisements.

By the way, I look equally lovely......
whether wearing :lol:

Chip Aug-04-2005 8:04 PM

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This is from the September 2005 issue of Penthouse.

I went out and bought the issue strictly for the review and the articles :rolleyes: No, really :lol:


James Gaden Aug-05-2005 10:29 AM

That's your story Chip, and you're sticking to it. You must have seriously thumbed through it in the shop to find that if that's the only reason you bought it! :lol:


Shirean Aug-05-2005 10:48 AM



chrisloeb Aug-05-2005 2:32 PM


now seriously - people often used to come to the CD store with reviews from (the german version of) Playboy Magazine, because they often had excellent reviews.



Chip Aug-05-2005 5:12 PM

Thanks for defending me Christian, I appreciate it :D

Yes James, I'm going to stick with my original story. Otherwise, it would make me look bad :D


Mark Hoffman Aug-06-2005 7:37 PM

I'm sorry Chip... I'm not going to defend you- there is not one snitch of information in that little write up you did not already know.... I too, only buy Penthouse for the pictures!

Just Kiddin' :D


Chip Aug-06-2005 10:20 PM

:D :D :D :D :D


Chip Aug-10-2005 8:12 PM

GH...A Double Threat.
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August 2005 of Ziazine.

This is an in-store magazine of a locally owned chain of CD shops here in Phoenix.


Chip Sep-04-2005 9:34 PM

Record Collector
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From the September 2005, Issue #314, of Record Collector.

Paul Sep-09-2005 9:20 AM

IOMMI Says He Is Getting Bored Waiting Around For BLACK SABBATH To Record New Album

Metal legend plans to tour in support of Fused.

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has no problem organizing his priorities. So when Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne called him early this year and told him they wanted Black Sabbath to headline the 2005 Ozzfest, he postponed plans to tour with his own band, Iommi, in order to head back to the stage with Sabbath.

However, by committing so resolutely to Sabbath, Iommi has been unable to support the recent release of his second solo album, Fused, a granite-solid slab that sounds more like a groove-saturated cross between Deep Purple and Audioslave than anything by Sabbath.

Fittingly enough, Iommi was joined on the record by ex-Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes (who sang with Sabbath in the '80s), session drummer extraordinaire Kenny Aronoff and bassist/keyboardist Bob Marlette, who also produced the disc and co-wrote all of the songs. Now that Ozzfest is done, Iommi and his bandmates plan to hit the rehearsal studio, then tour to support Fused.

"I'm really looking forward to playing onstage with these guys," Iommi said on a down day from Ozzfest. "Kenny and Glenn have lots of enthusiasm and they certainly push me when we're all playing together, which is great."

Incidentally, if you had asked Iommi two years ago what he hoped to be doing in 2005, he'd have said he wanted to be promoting a new Black Sabbath album, not a new Iommi disc. At the time, Sabbath were in the studio in Wales working on new material. But progress was slow, and by the time the bandmembers went their separate ways, they had ideas for about only six songs - ideas that have been gathering dust since then. At present, Black Sabbath have no plans to return to the studio to record those or any other songs.

"I've waited around a long time to do a Sabbath album, and it's getting frustrating," Iommi said. "I'm getting bored with the idea of waiting around any longer and I've got a lot of music to put out and I just want to do it. I wanted to go and really work on being in a band. So basically, that motivated me into making an album with Glenn and Kenny. It's a great band and a great outlet."

Iommi and Marlette started writing songs for Fused more than a year ago at Iommi's studio in Warwickshire, England. Then, when Hughes and the guitarist got together to finish up the nearly decade-old recordings that were released last year on The DEP Sessions: 1996, the onetime Sabbath bandmates decided to pen some new tunes as well. "I just played Glenn some riffs and we started making things up right away," Iommi recalled. "It was amazing - I'd come up with a part and by the time it was ready, he'd have two or three different melodies for it. Then I played him a couple of the tracks I did with Bob and he really liked them, so we worked with those, too."

Next, Iommi and Hughes called in Aronoff and Marlette and recorded Fused in about six weeks late last winter, mostly at studios in Wales and London. Instead of laying down the guitar, bass and keyboard tracks separately and then doing overdubs and vocals, the musicians rehearsed the songs thoroughly, then recorded them with everyone playing at the same time.

"We wanted it to have the same feel as a band playing live," Iommi said. "It all fell into place very quickly, almost too quickly. It was so simple. I'd love to do another album with these guys because they're all so good to work with. With Black Sabbath, we take a really long time over rehearsals and pulling ideas together. And we tend to rehearse for two or three hours and then that's it. But with Glenn and Kenny, we'll be in there playing for a full six hours and we'll want to keep going."

Even though he's eager to start touring for Fused, Iommi said it was no sacrifice to postpone those plans for Ozzfest. Ozzy recently announced that this summer was the last Ozzfest he will headline, although he may play occasional shows in the future (see "Ozzy Retires As Ozzfest Headliner: 'It's Time For Me To Move On' "). "We really get into it," he said. "I go for walks with [drummer] Bill [Ward] and we talk about the band and the shows and our lives. It's a good vibe. The only unfortunate thing is when we have to cancel shows, which is really disappointing. Ozzy's had a problem with his throat recently. He had to fly back to see a specialist in Los Angeles and he was as upset as anybody. But it's one of things you can't do anything about. If his voice goes, it goes. What can you do?"

chrisloeb Oct-27-2005 9:10 AM

and another article on "Fused"
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Here's an article I discovered recently when I sat through the support act of Arena in the foyer of Planet Music (the same venue HTP have played two times here in Vienna) in their own magazine, May 2005 edition. It's in German, so I have included a rough translation. It won't go down into the archives as a legendary article, basically the interview questions are plain stupid, but it's good to see Glenn mentioned.

Fused & The Queen

On June 20th he is going to play Vienna Stadthalle with Black Sabbath. Only a month later (July 11th) his latest Solo-Album "Fused" (Sanctuary) will be released, again with Glenn Hughes on lead vocals. "And he's singing better than ever", Iommi says in the interview. On the other hand, Kenny Aronoff, a legend in his own right his roots in commercial and radio-orientated fields, is a first-timer in Metal. "He wanted it that way" says Iommi, not very talkative as it seems. Also when asked about his status as a legend and an icon for thousands of guitarists who put him into musical heaven next to other guitar-gods he only nods friendly "Yes I Know". Only when asked about his recent meeting with The Queen (of England that is) the dark master is showing a little sign of emotion, a small laugh, more a giggle included: "Yeah. Suddenly people that would never have given a **** are looking up to us. Quite funny..."


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