Tony Martin, the former singer of BLACK SABBATH, has shared news of a productive meeting with the band’s iconic founding guitarist, Tony Iommi
This development comes after Iommi‘s announcement last December that the albums BLACK SABBATH recorded with Martin are set to be reissued in 2023.
Earlier today (Tuesday, October 17), Martin posted a pic of him with Iommi to his Facebook page, including the following message: “Visited Tony Iommi today… Great meet. He is such a busy bloke at the moment but got to listen to some stuff and also show him some stuff before he had to rush off but …. very cool.”
Tony Iommi revealed the group’s plans for reissuing these albums while commemorating what would have been drummer Cozy Powell‘s 75th birthday. Iommi, in a social media post featuring a photo of Powell, expressed his anticipation for the release of the IRS albums in 2023 as a tribute to Powell’s exceptional drumming. He said: “Cozy Powell would have been 75 today. Looking forward to the release of the IRS albums in 2023, a tribute to his great playing.”
Martin discussed previously announced plans to reissue the albums he recorded with BLACK SABBATH in a November 2022 interview with The Metal Voice. At the time he said: “Honestly, I have no idea what’s happening with it. I know it’s gonna be next year, but that’s all I know.”
BLACK SABBATH and Tony Martin collaborated on six albums, including “The Eternal Idol” (1987), “Headless Cross” (1989), “Tyr” (1990), “Cross Purposes” (1994), “Cross Purposes Live” (1995), and “Forbidden” (1995). However, Martin and his bandmates from the “Forbidden” era were eventually replaced when Iommi reunited with the fellow original members of BLACK SABBATH.