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Black Sabbath & Deep Purple Born Again Again

IN 1983, after Black Sabbath fired Ronnie James Dio as lead singer, they considered several options, which according to Martin Popoff’s book Black Sabbath: Doom Let Loose: An Illustrated History, included Robert Plant and David Coverdale. After a brief meeting with bassist Geezer Butler, they decided on former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan. And so launched what many consider the most intricate sounding version of Black Sabbath. They released one album,‘ Born Again’ which is not available on CD in the US (but you can find it all on iTunes). The album was panned by critics, but to this day, is still one of the best selling in the long career of Sabbath.

As a major fan of both bands, I thought this was a seriously excellent album, but alas a second effort was not to be- but I knew it was only a matter of time before both parties came to their senses for a new release.

It happens on June 27th, and as with many ‘super-groups’ a charitable cause brought them together.

Who Cares is not only Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath guitar master Tony Iommi. but joining them on the “Out Of My Mind” single are an amazing line-up of other rock legends: Jon Lord on keyboard (“Mr. Hammond”, partner with Gillan on all the Deep Purple classics), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, ex Metallica bass player Jason Newsted and HIM guitar player Linde Lindström.

According to Vintage Rock News,

Proceeds from the single will go toward for the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. The two-song CD single will also contain the video clip of “Out Of My Mind” and a 40-minute documentary that shows Gillan’s and Iommi’s involvement with the Armenia cause over the years.

Gillan told

“After twenty years we are still working towards rebuilding the school and concert hall in Gyumri, which – like Spitak – suffered devastation with at least 25,000 killed and god knows how many injured and left homeless. Things are moving on quite well with a lot of support from politicians and businesses. I was able to raise a decent amount for the cause with two benefit shows in Yerevan recently”.

They’ve released the first song ‘Out Of My Mind’ to radio and I’ve secured the video for you. It’s stunning.

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