During a recent appearance on In the Trenches with Ryan Roxie video podcast, former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes talked about his time in Black Sabbath and stated that he never intended to be in Black Sabbath back then.
Besides being a bassist, Glenn Hughes also shared vocal duties with David Coverdale in Deep Purple’s three albums. After the break-up of Deep Purple in 1976, Hughes decided to pursue a solo career. He also collaborated with various bands and musicians in the 1980s. At the time, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi was also planning to release a solo album and he asked Hughes to contribute to the album.
Although it was intended to be a solo album, it was released under the name of ‘Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi- Seventh Star’ due to some problems with the record company. During the video podcast, Glenn Hughes reflected on his collaboration with Tony Iommi for this album.
Hughes stated that Tony Iommi and he recorded many songs for his so-called solo album but later on, learning that it would be a Black Sabbath album was challenging for him. Glenn Hughes explained that he just wanted to help Iommi and thus, his intention was never to join Black Sabbath but he just fell into it. Hughes also added that he really liked working with Tony Iommi anyway. He contributed to Iommi’s later works and hopes that their collaboration will continue also in the following years.
Glenn Hughes reflected on his time in Black Sabbath:
“Tony was going to make a solo album in 1985. Myself, my dear friend Ronnie James Dio and Rob Halford were all gonna sing a couple of songs each. I was the first guy to go down to Cherokee Studios in Hollywood to do a couple of songs with Tony. And I wrote and sang a couple of songs on the first night. And he asked me to come back the next day, and it kept going and going and going, and I ended up being the only singer on that solo album.
On the last song, Don Arden — Sharon’s father — who was managing Tony at the time, suggested, with Warner Brothers, that we should call it ‘Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi.’ So it wasn’t a Tony Iommi album anymore; it was a Black Sabbath album called ‘Seventh Star’. It was a time for me where I was changing lifestyles if you will. So it was a difficult time for me.
Being in Black Sabbath was not something I wanted to do. I was trying to help Tony out, doing his solo album. But I enjoyed working with Tony. I’ve made three albums with Tony now. So, long may that continue.”
Below, you can watch the entire conversation.