Iommi "Fused" out 12 July

  • Ok, so the new Iommi/Hughes collaboration is apparently a Tony Iommi solo album, with Glenn guesting on it. I noticed the song "Grace" in the track listing. Could this be a reworking of the Shape 68 song GH wrote a couple years ago?


  • Hello Todd,

    Just curious as to where you got this information from...I checked Tony's website and didn't find it there.... As for "Grace", one can only speculate. I guess we have to wait for the release to find out...or do we???;)

    The closest Soul Sirkus came to me here in H-burg AKA "The Sticks" was the DC area...God, I need to move!! :eek: The nearest large cities that might attract any major acts are Richmond (150 miles southeast) and Washington DC (a good 2 1/2 hours away). So what's the I pack up and move to Vegas?? Hey..I can take the heat since I used to live in San Antonio!

    All sorts of cool things in store this year!!:thumbup:

    Yours In The Funk
    Bill "Capt. Midnite" Redford


    "Cause if you fake the FUNK..your nose got to grow!" Bootsy Collins

  • Tony Iommi, the legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist, will release his new album, "Fused", on July 12, 2005, via Sanctuary Records. This will be Iommi's third solo album.

    Joining Iommi on "Fused" is former DEEP PURPLE vocalist/bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and former JOHN MELLENCAMP drummer Kenny Aronoff, who has also played sessions with the likes of THE ROLLING STONES, BOB DYLAN, ROD STEWART, ALICE COOPER, BOB SEGER, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and countless others. The trio will hit the road to promote "Fused" later this year after BLACK SABBATH finishes headlining the 10th anniversary Ozzfest tour.

    The 10 songs on "Fused" are as follows:

    01. Dopamine
    02. Wasted Again
    03. Saviour Of The Real
    04. Resolution Song
    05. Grace
    06. Deep Inside A Shell
    07. What You’re Living For
    08. Face Your Fear
    09. The Spell
    10. I Go Insane

    Iommi has worked with both Hughes and Aronoff in the past. Hughes is a longtime friend who sang on the 1986 BLACK SABBATH Featuring Tony Iommi album "Seventh Star". In 2004, previously unreleased songs they had collaborated on eight years earlier were completed and released by Sanctuary as "The 1996 DEP Sessions". Aronoff played drums on the song "Black Oblivion" on Iommi's self-titled 2000 solo album, which was loaded with all-star guest appearances. "Fused" was produced by Bob Marlette, who also manned the studio boards for Iommi.

    "I put some ideas for four or five tracks down about three years ago, but I hadn't written them specifically with Glenn in mind," Iommi says. "After 'The 1996 DEP Sessions' was finished last year, I said to my manager that I should try Glenn on my solo album. Glenn came over to England and we did a trial run writing more material and it was unbelievable. His enthusiasm is amazing. He is so full of energy and great song ideas.”

    "The ideal thing for me is to work with collaborators. I can come in with riffs until the cows come home, and I do that all the time. I like to do it that way and then build the song with somebody else."

    Iommi and Hughes tend to write quickly when they settle in. Once the basic song ideas were written for this new album, Hughes worked on overall melodies and lyrics. The songs were in place, but a drummer was needed to tie it all together. Iommi was eager to work with Aronoff again and had him in mind from the beginning. The highly respected skins-basher was thrilled about the invitation, especially when Iommi said he wanted to tour to promote "Fused".

    "I definitely knew that for my next album I wasn't going to use a lot special guests again. I wanted to use just one singer, and I also wanted it to be more like a band this time. The idea was to go into the studio with Glenn and Kenny play everything live. It was great. I really enjoyed doing it that way," says Iommi. "That was the original way you used to record, and that was the only way I knew how to record for a long time. Only a few years ago did I start recording the other way, by building up and layering tracks. By playing live in the studio, you can hear exactly how the songs are going to sound and whether they work."

    These new songs most definitely work, and they rage with the same fire and intensity that mark Iommi's best. There is nothing quite like the sound of a power trio, because there can be no weak links — each musician's efforts stand out. There is no place to hide. Iommi, Hughes and Aronoff feed off each other, whether it's the concise punch of "Dopamine" and "What You're Living For" or the fluid twists and turns in the nine-minute epic "I Go Insane".

    Iommi's lethal guitar crunch leads the charge. Hughes truly pushes himself to the edge and adjusts his voice to fit the overall direction of each song while simultaneously propelling the rhythm with his pounding bass guitar. The volcanic thunder Aronoff unleashes from his drums sounds like nothing he has done before. Marlette's sparkling, crisp production results in a hard-hitting, modern, in-your-face sound.

    "Bob is a fantastic producer. He also played a few keyboard parts on this album because he wanted to get his hands in there!" laughs Iommi.

    Marlette's major role as the producer was to provide that extra, objective pair of ears and determine when a song was finished. He also judged Iommi's solos and usually found what he looking for after four or five takes. However, Iommi often wanted to lay down more solos with the purpose of topping himself with each pass.

    "I tend to keep trying solos until I get to where I say, 'Oh yeah, I really like that one.' It's not often I say that, but you're always trying to get that one you're happy with," he says. "Sometimes it is difficult working with a producer when you have been a producer yourself, but it's good to compare ideas. To get the best end result you do whatever it takes."

    Iommi's excitement about "Fused" is at a fever pitch and he cannot wait to tour with Hughes and Aronoff.

    "In addition to playing material from this album, we'll probably do a couple of tracks from 'The 1996 DEP Sessions' and a few SABBATH songs too," he says.

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  • First, Todd, I read your post.
    Then........I fainted.
    When I recovered, I followed your suggestion
    and went to:

    I had to type Glenn's name into "Search News"
    because this article is already in the old-archives
    section. (Only today - April 26th is "new" news.)

    I read the article, and the list of song titles.
    I cannot believe that this is true.
    Totally, totally, can not believe this.
    (Snappy posted opinion from our John H, too.)

    This cannot possibly have anything to do with me.
    This opinion is backed up by the fact that nobody
    asked for a picture of me for the album cover........

    Does anybody know what Glenn's Mom's first name is?
    Or that he has a favorite cousin, or something?

    Meanwhile.....I am in total shock.

    Yours truly,
    Track Number 5


  • Hey, Paul, all e-mails posted to "Grace" should be
    fowarded to:
    "The Home for Those in Total Shock."

    There was a song in the set-list of the "Shape 68"
    appearance in California (2 years ago?) but..........


  • hey grace do you think "grace" is a song glenn wrote about you waiting at the airport for him?

  • grace i may be able to see glenn yet(not just at the airport- the italian meatball sandwiches suck there )

  • We can all get a Sneak Preview of Fused this very weekend - Tune into ARfm between 6:00pm-9:00pm (UK Time - GMT+1) on Saturday (April 30th) and Sunday (May 1st) to hear 4 tracks from the album on both days.

    To listen to ARfm:

    In the UK: Sky Channel 913
    In Europe: On Eurobird1 satellite
    Rest of the World: via ARfm on the net at

  • Quote from wolfysmith

    Apparently track 5 is about an axe-carrying stalker Glenn has

    Yes, Paul, this is correct.

    But I can't think of many lyrics that rhyme with "ax" or
    "airport" or "stalker" so Glenn must have worked pretty
    hard to be able to finagle these words into a snappy song.

    However, if this song doesn't have the same melody as
    "You Keep On Moving" then our boy will be in BIG TROUBLE.

    Seriously, I'm still in major shock that this song will be on
    the new album......................

    Grace :eek:


  • Hey Todd,

    My only excuse is that I'm still in shock (see my above posting)
    but I just realized that the new album will be called: "FUSED."

    Kinda, sorta like........."THE FUZE."

    (I wonder if that's where Glenn and Tony got the idea from?)



  • Nice one Shirean - just heard your request for "Dark Star" :cool1:

    I'm really looking forward to hearing the new Iommi songs with Glenn - any minute now :bow:

    To listen to ARfm:

    In the UK: Sky Channel 913
    In Europe: On Eurobird1 satellite
    Rest of the World: via ARfm on the net at

  • Oh boy, GLENN was right - this is HUGE!! Just heard the first of the 4 tracks, I Go Insane - it starts slow and builds and builds and then bursts out with every Iommi riff you've ever heard and lots you haven't :eek:

    Glenn is sounding like he belongs in a stadium with thousands in attendance and it was great to hear his bass lines throughout the song - this one track has proved everything he eluded to - looking forward to hearing the others - but this sounds like a timeless masterpiece to me - roll on July 12th :singer:

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