Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Checks In

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin has posted the following message on his official web site:

"I became a grandfather recently but the baby was born with severe brain damage and is likely to be quite disabled. Normally it would be a huge drama but my lady already has a disabled boy of 19 years and her sister also has a disabled boy so I have lived with it for some years and was able to put a more positive view on it. These kids can achieve quite a lot given help, and so I still have hope.

"I also just got a new house and that has taken up five months of ridiculous paperwork bashing!!!!

"Apart from that I'm still standing and writing and I've had a new publishing deal offer which I'm concidering. Also offers for festivals this year are already coming in and a DVD of us at the Bang Your Head!!! festival is being released as we speak.

"I still have live stuff to release and I'm working on that."

Martin's latest solo album, "Scream", was released in November 2005 via MTM Music. The CD features legendary drummer Cozy Powell (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE) on "Raising Hell" as well as songwriting contributions by another SABBATH member, Geoff Nicholls.

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