It’s safe to say that Tony Iommi’s primary musical focus is on Black Sabbath’s new album. However, it appears that the legendary guitarist has also been working with Queen guitarist/longtime friend Brian May on some sort of collaboration.
In the most recent issue of Kerrang! Magazine, May answered numerous questions posed by a number of fellow musicians. One said musicians who took part in this was Iommi, who asked “When are we going to get to work on that album of riffs together? You know what I’m talking about…” May’s reply confirmed that the two are indeed working on a collaborative album of riffs (which he then joked he was trying to keep a secret but that Iommi now blew it). Supposedly, May was inspired after seeing how much unused material Iommi had upon a visit at his studio. “I thought it would be great to make a compilation out of them,” said May. “The idea was to put all these riffs out in some form so that people could build their own songs from them. You could make your own music with Tony Iommi on guitar!”
As we mentioned before, May and Iommi are longtime friends. In fact, May has previously contributed guitar to Iommi’s 2000 solo record and Sabbath’s Headless Cross album. However, the idea of being able to use a compilation of Iommi’s riffs (let alone a project featuring both Iommi and May) sounds extremely enticing to us. When said collaboration will ever see the light of day, however, remains to be seen.