Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan have been friends for years, even briefly bandmates when Gillan took over lead singer duties in Black Sabbath in the mid-‘80s. Now, they’ve teamed up to release WhoCares, a collection of rarities from both of their respective back catalogs.
Glenn Hughes tells CBS Local that “Jon, David and I were trying to get it together.” The roadblock was the band’s famously mercurial guitarist: “We couldn’t get ahold of him. We sent carrier pigeons, and the Pony Express. But nobody at ‘Castle Blackmore’ answered the door. It wasn’t meant to be.”
Deep Purple’s 1969 live release Concerto For Group And Orchestra is one of the earliest examples of rock music being played by a full orchestra. Keyboardist Jon Lord composed the music for that album, and he revisited it shortly before his passing on July 16.
A number of heavy metal legends weigh in on the collection: Iron Maiden takes on “Space Truckin’,” former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society cover “Pictures Of Home” and Metallica recorded the Machine Head B-side “When A Blind Man Cries.”
Deep Purple keyboardist and co-founder Jon Lord died today (July 16) in London after suffering a fatal pulmonary embolism and a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.
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