Sabbath's Iommi Taps Grohl, Corgan, More For Solo Album

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters are among the guests who'll be heard on the long-awaited first solo album from Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, which is due out on October 10.

A spokesperson for Divine Recordings, the label issuing the LP, told MTV News that "Iommi" will also feature guest shots from Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Henry Rollins, and System Of A Down's Serj Tankian as well as Skin of Skunk Anansie, Peter Steele from Type O Negative, and The Cult's Ian Astbury.

In an interesting twist for Corgan, Divine Recordings is owned by former Pumpkins manager Sharon Osbourne and her husband Ozzy (see "Ozzy And Wife Hook Up 'Divine' Label Deal"). Ms. Osbourne and Corgan are currently at odds over issues stemming from the demise of their brief relationship in January, which sparked several rounds of verbal sparring. A lawsuit is still pending

(see "Pumpkins Take Osbourne To Court Over $150,000").

Corgan was well acquainted with Iommi long before signing with Osbourne Management, as he recorded his tracks well over a year ago. The album has been in the works since early 1998 (see "Sabbath Iommi Solo May Feature Rollins, Anselmo, Grohl, Corgan, Others").

Other releases on Divine include last month's Black Sabbath tribute "Nativity In Black II" and the first full-length from Montreal's Slaves On Dope, a band currently making the rounds on Ozzfest 2000. The group's "Inches From The Mainline" will hit stores on October 3, according to a label publicist.

Another Sabbath alumnus readying a solo release (though not for Divine) is drummer Bill Ward, who's currently mixing his latest effort, "Beyond Ashton." Ward's official Web site reports that he hopes to have the album out by mid-August.