Corbin Reiff of the Seattle Weekly recently conducted an interview with legendaryBLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Seattle Weekly: [BLACK SABBATHsinger] Ozzy [Osbourne] has said that a lot of the songs on the [“13”] album were arranged in a manner that would be conducive to playing live. Do you agree with him in that regard?
Iommi: Yes, absolutely. When we spoke with [producer] Rick Rubin, we talked aboutOzzysinging more in his range and trying to sing more in a lower register like on the early albums. Like on “Black Sabbath”,Ozzysang more in his range in a lower tone and that’s what we wanted to get back to with this album so that we could do them live onstage.
Seattle Weekly: In your opinion, how are the new songs stacking up against some of your older classic material and how does it feel to bring something new into the set?
Iommi: They are fitting in really well with the old materia