AYREON's LUCASSEN: Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Was All About Money

Former BLACK SABBATH vocalist Tony Martin, who appeared on such albums as "The Headless Cross" and "Tyr", proved a bit out of Arjen Anthony Lucassen's price range when approached for the new AYREON project, "The Human Condition". Lucassen, who has made a name for himself with his robust operatic metal releases, explains how he filters out vocalists for his projects, "As soon as I get a feeling it's about money, it’s over. It shouldn’t be about money. Like Tony Martin. The first thing he said was, 'You'd better have a big wallet.' He wanted 20,000 pounds (approximately $36,000) for one song. So I passed."

Lucassen has worked with Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Ralph Scheepers (GAMMA RAY) and countless other name metal vocalists. Yet he has not landed his hero to appear on one of his metal operas as of yet, "My all-time hero, Alice Cooper. I'd love to work with him, but haven't been able to work it out."

Read Arjen's entire interview with Electricbasement.com at this location.

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