Tony Iommi writes Eurovision track

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 March 2013
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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has written a song for this year's Eurovision Song Contest with Armenian entry The Dorians

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has written a song for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

A piece by the 'Iron Man' rock guitarist has been selected for Armenia's entry in Europe's annual singing contest, and will be performed by The Dorians singer Gor Sujyan.

Tony posted the news on his website saying, "Well here's something different, one of my demo ideas has been chosen as the Armenian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest! It went on a short list and Saturday night was voted as the winner. I did the music and the performing band Dorians wrote the lyrics, it's called 'Lonely Planet'."

Tony became involved with the Eastern European country in 1988, where he took part in Rock Aid Armenia to raise money for the country after it was devastated by an earthquake.

The songwriter, along with Deep Purple's Ian Gillan recruited a group of heavy-metal musicians to record a charity single version of 'Smoke on the Water'. The line-up also included members of Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Queen and Led Zeppelin, and the track was a hit in the UK, reaching the top 40 singles chart.

Tony also formed another supergroup in 2011 to record another charity single, this time raising money to set up a Music School in Gyumri, Armenia.

Tony - who reformed the original line-up of Black Sabbath in 2011 - also said he was looking forward to seeing the Dorians perform at the concert in May.

He said: "They're a good band, the singer has a really good voice and the lyrics they've written are in English. It now goes to the semi-final on May 16th in Malmo, Sweden. Glad to be able to be involved with Armenia again, the school is coming along fine, they've got the furniture sorted and it will be opened late summer."

Black Sabbath's new album '13' will be released in June.

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