Friday, March 12, 2021

Tony Iommi comments on unreleased Black Sabbath song leak

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is commenting on the recent online posting of an unreleased 1979 song by the legendary UK band.

Audio of the tune "Slapback" was captured during 1979 pre-production sessions for “Heaven And Hell”, which marked the legendary band’s first record with Ronnie James Dio after Ozzy Osbourne was fired by the group.

The track was uploaded to YouTube by Gary Rees – the stepson and executor of the estate of Black Sabbath's longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls – and its history has been confirmed by bassist Geezer Butler.

"I'm not at all happy with [Nicholls's estate releasing the song] — at all,” shared Iommi on the March 11 edition of SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk". “And it's left a really bad taste in my mouth. At that point, when we did that, Geoff wasn't even involved in the band; I hadn't even got Geoff over at that time. That is actually Ronnie playing bass on that… And that was just in the lounge recorded on a cassette.

"We had one or two things that we'd jam around on and play on and stuff, but it [wasn't] right for the album, so we didn't put it into shape; we didn't record it [properly] or anything."

The “Slapback” posting is the second one by Rees, who recently shared a demo recording of “Heaven And Hell” with Nicholls on bass in place of Butler.

Black Sabbath released expanded editions of 1980’s “Heaven And Hell” and 1981’s “Mob Rules” on March 5.

See also:

Unreleased 1979 Black Sabbath song surfaces online
Black Sabbath stream 1982 performance of Heaven And Hell
Black Sabbath stream Heaven And Hell album in sync with reissue
Black Sabbath stream rare live version of Die Young
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