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Monday June 24, 2024

Tony Iommi recalls fond memories with Black Sabbath late guitarist Eddie Van Halen

Tony Iommi shares insight into co-writing a Black Sabbath song with Eddie Van Halen

By Web Desk
May 25, 2024
Tony Iommi shares his experience working with Eddie Van Halen
Tony Iommi shares his experience working with Eddie Van Halen

Tony Iommi recently recalled co-writing a Black Sabbath song with Eddie Van Halen for the band’s 1994 album Cross Purposes.

Van, who had helped compose the track Evil Eye, was later blocked from getting honored with a writer’s credit on the record by Warner Bros.

Rehashing the hysterics, Iommi told Guitar.com, “[Eddie Van Halen] had a day off, and I said, ‘We’re rehearsing, do you want to come?’”

To which Van responded: “Oh yeah.”

The guitarist continued to share his experience with Halen, recalling: “I picked him up in Birmingham, at the hotel, and then we drove via a music shop, and I said, ‘Do you want to pick a guitar up’, and we did – one of his Eddie Van Halen ones, they had got one in. Then we went down to the rehearsal.”

He then claimed: “I said, ‘We’re working on this song, and we started playing it. He started playing a solo.

“We played a couple of old Sabbath songs first, and I said, ‘You’re playing that wrong’ [laughs]. 

"’Cause they used to play Sabbath stuff, before they [Van Halen] were known. It was Into The Void or something, I can’t remember,” he added.

Concluding his statement, Iommi expanded his thoughts on their relationship: “But anyway, that’s the sort of relationship we had. We stayed friends until he passed away; I spoke to him just before.”

For the unversed, Black Sabbath started out as a English rock band in 1968 and were later cited as pioneers of heavy metal music.