Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is putting together a solo album that may well feature the likes of Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Phil Anselmo (Pantera), Ice T and punk/author Henry Rollins among others.
Iommi's manager, Ralph Baker, tells MTV News that Anselmo and Rollins have already cut tracks for the project and that Corgan, Grohl and even Ice T have all expressed an interest in getting involved, although their participation has not been confirmed and no studio time has been scheduled.
The album, Iommi's first official solo effort, has been in the works for awhile. The guitarist was in California earlier this year writing and recording basic tracks with California-based writer/producer/musician Bob Marlette, best known for his recent work with Rob Halford's Two. Iommi had met Marlette through Rob Halford. Marlette in turn introduced Iommi to Corgan.
Iommi told the BBC that he and Corgan had spent a lot of time together
when the head Pumpkin was living just "down the road" from him in Los Angeles.
Baker says the solo project at this point has neither a label nor a title, and it won't be ready anytime soon, given the guitarist's current and pending Black Sabbath duties. The band reformed for dates on the Ozzfest tour and is set for promotional appearances this fall to support their live album due for release October 20, plus they intend to launch a full scale tour in the new year.
The earliest the Iommi record can see the light of day will be mid-1999.