Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted and Mikko “Linde” Lindström, guitarist for the Finnish “love metal” band HIM, have recorded guest appearances on the track “Out Of My Mind” from the all-star charity project WHOCARES — featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan alongside keyboardist Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE, WHITESNAKE) and drummer Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN).
In 1989 Iommi and Gillan were just a few names in a long list of talent involved in the recording of the DEEP PURPLE track “Smoke on The Water”. This song was re-recorded to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988.
In October of last year, Tony and Ian traveled to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. On their trip they visited a music school only to find it being run out of temporary accommodation, with its only location not having been rebuilt 20 years after the earthquake had struck. While in the country, they were also awarded the Orders Of Honor — which were delivered to them by Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan — for the Armenia Grateful To Rock program. The objective of the program, was to express gratitude to those musicians who 20 years ago participated in the Rock Aid Armenia.
Earlier this month, Tony and Ian headed back into the studio, joined by Lord and McBrain to record “Out Of My Mind” to raise money to rebuild the Armenian music school. The details of the song’s release will be made available soon.
Lindström is engaged to Tony Iommi’s daughter Toni-Marie Iommi, former singer for the band LUNARMILE and current frontwoman of the Finland-based rock outfit HALO.