Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has no shortage of ideas for new music. Iommi tells SiriusXM's Trunk Nation he records a new idea every night, and was supposed to be working with an engineer right now on a new project. Iommi adds he's not sure what musicians he'll work with on the project.
"Every night I play and put something down. But funny enough, I was due to be working now with my engineer, but, of course, you can't have anybody in your house because of the lockdown, which is Mike Exeter, who I've used for years — he'd done the Sabbath stuff with us, and whatever. And we'd planned, we got it in the book to come over and start putting some of the things I've got here down, because I've got so much stuff — I just wanna get the thing down now. So that was the original plan. And, of course, it went pear-shaped. And I spoke to him today, funny enough, and we thought maybe we might try this week and do it with Zoom over the Internet — he can record me somehow. But hopefully when it all clears up, we'll definitely be starting."
Iommi later tells Trunk Nation the purpose of recording with Exeter is to "have something to present to whoever I'm gonna be working with." He also adds that the riffs he has around the house go back years, and that now is probably a good time to start digging through them.
"I've got so many things down on CD that I've done in the past. When we were doing 13 album, I wrote most of those ideas before we ever started. When I presented them to the rest of the guys, I had three or four CDs full of just riffs, and I played them to the other guys and then we picked out which ones they liked and then we'd sort of work on the format with them. But most of the stuff I've done like that. And I've got so many more that I'd like to use. But I tend to sort of don't go back on them — I'll do 'em and put 'em away, cause I keep coming up with new ideas. But I need to now. And I should take the opportunity now while I've gotta stay in the house of looking back over them and seeing what I've got. But there's so much stuff. I mean, I've got stuff that goes back for years."