Armenia with Iommi’s song at Eurovision
Black Sabbath guitar legend, wrote a ballad for Armenia’s Eurovision Song Contest entry.
The 65-year-old godfather of heavy metal, Black Sabbath guitar legend Tony Iommi, whose song was selected as Armenia’s Eurovision Song Contest entry, said he was surprised when they chose Lonely Planet, but now has rather high hopes for the song.
It’s not just the music that ties Tony Iommi with Armenia. He collaborated in production of an album to raise money after a devastating earthquake in 1988 that left half a million people homeless. When he went back a few years ago with Queen guitarist Brian May to see what had been done since, he got involved in another campaign to raise money to rebuild a music school there. With the help of those connections, representatives from the Armenian Eurovision entry got in touch with Iommi to ask if he could write a song.
The track will be sung by self-admitted Black Sabbath fan Gor Sujyan, lead singer of an Armenian act Dorians, at Eurovision’s second semi-final in Sweden on May 16, aiming to land a place in the big final in Malmo on May 18. As it comes to Iommy, he’s been at work on Black Sabbath’s new album, “13.” The set, recorded in Los Angeles with Rick Rubin, is expected later this year.