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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Queen six-stringer Brian May are said to be planning a collaborative album based around the vast amount of unused riffs that both men have compiled, according to Blabbermouth. The idea would be to collect the riffs in one place and then let fans build their own songs around them. The existence of the project was revealed in the latest issue of Kerrang! magazine, in which May answered questions posed by some of his fellow musicians.


Iommi's submitted question was, "When are we going to get to work on that album of riffs together? You know what I'm talking about..." May replied, "Yes, I do know what he's talking about and I'm very, very keen. The record he's talking about was supposed to be a secret but I guess he's blown it now!"

  • May explained that the project was hatched when he visited Iommi's studio and was struck by the amount of unused material the Sabbath guitarist had. May said, "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!"
  • Iommi, along with bassist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne, has just completed 13, the first Sabbath album in 35 years to feature three of the four original members of the band.
  • The guitarist was diagnosed with cancer in January 2012, just before work on the album commenced, and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
  • Sabbath is expected to tour North America this July and August, following the June release of the new album.

DID YOU KNOW? Iommi uses special sleeves on the middle and ring fingers of his right hand when he plays guitar, after losing the tips of both fingers in an industrial accident at the age of 17.


  • Does this sound like a cool way to get fans involved in music-making?
  • Should fans get involved, or should Iommi and May build songs around those riffs themselves?
  • Do you think that Iommi and May are two of rock's most underrated guitarists?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

stevemcsteve wrote: "Awesome. Brian May is one of the most underrated guitar players ever."

EFS wrote: "i love them both but this will suck."

slavedriver1967 wrote: "Sounds like a really cool idea."

Riffer_Madness wrote: "What an awesome idea. Hopefully if they do release something together it's well thought out and put together properly. I'd love to hear what ideas they have."

Read more at Blabbermouth, LoudwireUltimate Classic Rock, Classic Rock, Rolling Stone and NME

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