Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi revealed that he and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason formed an impromptu supergroup a few months ago in a new Rockin’ Metal Revival interview. Pink Floyd’s drummer just revealed the worst drug his former singer used.
“I did do a project a few months ago with Nick Mason, who played drums. We did the charity thing, and it was a real different project for me, I’ve never done anything like it. The guy that put it together had all these letters from World War I that were sent home to their wives and family. Of course, they never came back because they got killed.
And so these letters were found and came out. And the guy who put this together has used the letters as the lyrics, and it’s a really moving thing, and I was asked to play on this one track. It’s really nice, it was really different for me, and I enjoyed doing that.”
He also discussed Vinny Appice replacing Bill Ward in Black Sabbath in the 80’s, and how it ‘shocked’ him to lose Ward.
“It really did, particularly for me because I’d played with Bill two or three years before Sabbath in a couple of different bands, so I’d only played with Bill for all those years. It was a big shock for me to lose Bill. When Vinnie came in, he’s a totally different-style drummer to build. Bill played more behind the beat where Vinnie would be a bit more upfront and it’s a bit more energetic sort of style, where Bill was more laid back.
So it was different. And of course, then we would change the writing as well. Vinnie got on board when we started doing [1981’s] ‘The Mob Rules’ album, that was a slightly different approach again because you’ve got a different drummer and it created a different vibe on it. Great drummer, really great drummer.”
Ward left Black Sabbath for the final time prior to their last 2010’s reunion run, with Brad Wilk from Rage Against The Machine drumming on ’13.’ Ultimate-Guitar.com transcribed Iommi’s comments.