TONY IOMMI To Guest On BBC Show/WENDY DIO Encourages Surviving Members to Work Together
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Iommi last year revealed to U.K.’s Metal Hammer magazine that he has begun work on new material with the hopes of launching the “next phase” of his career alongside longtime SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL bandmate/bassist Geezer Butler. He said, “What I’m doing now is writing. I’ve gone mad, writing loads of riffs again. I’m really enjoying it, putting stuff together. We will be doing something. I’m in touch with Geezer a lot now and we’ve been talking about what the next phase is going to be. It’ll be great to get out and do something again. I don’t normally say this, but there’s some great ideas coming out. That’s all I’ve got to do right now. Sit and write riffs!”
Surviving HEAVEN & HELL members Iommi, Butler and Vinny Appice played a very special tribute to their fallen bandmate, Ronnie James Dio, on July 24, 2010 at the High Voltage festival at Victoria Park in London, England. The musicians were joined by legendary former DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH man Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, who sings for power metallers MASTERPLAN and released his own tribute to Ronnie.
Wendy Dio, the wife/manager of Ronnie James Dio, has told VH1 Radio that she encourages the surviving members of HEAVEN & HELL to work together again under a different moniker.
“I don’t know what they’re doing right now,” she said. “I know that Geezer‘s been asked several times, and he’s just … he took it very hard. I don’t really know what they’re doing right now. They should do something else, with Vinny, too. I mean, the band was amazing, an amazing band and they should carry on to do something. It won’t be called HEAVEN & HELL but whatever they call it, it will be great, it will be amazing.”