During a recent interview with ‘Gibson,’ legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recalled his early days in the band and clarified the hiring process of Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan of Deep Purple.
As you might read the details below, Black Sabbath parted ways with Dio in 1982 after three years of the band membership, and the band hired Ian Gillan. Tonny Iommi revealed why the band didn’t hire Deep Purple and Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale as a member.
Here’s what Tony Iommi stated:
“I found David Coverdale and he just, he said, ‘Oh, I just god this band together, Whitesnake. Why didn’t you find me before?’ I said, ‘He [Dio] hadn’t left before, it’s happening now.’
So there was a lot looking for another singer, and we would audition various singers, including Michael Bolton, believe it or not – he was one of them, which was an odd one. It just went on a bit, and we couldn’t decide.
Eventually, it came to Ian Gillan, and we had him, we got together with Ian Gillan. We had a meeting, and Ian doesn’t seem to remember the meeting. He got too drunk, he couldn’t remember what happened.”
“So, that was another story with him. That was great, we had a great time; again, it was good. It’s challenging somebody else’s singing, it sort of gets you into a different vibe, and we wanted to make it a really heavy sort of album, but we worked at different hours because Ian would tend to stay up all night, and we wouldn’t.
So he’d be up drinking his scotch in the kitchen and we’d go to bed and get up in the morning, he’s still there.”
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