TONY MARTIN Says There Is 'No Fuckin' Chance' He Would Sing For BLACK SABBATH Again

The Dio Message Board recently conducted an interview with former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin. A few excerpts from the interview follow:

The Dio Message Board: With Glenn Hughes doing work on Tony Iommi's next solo project, I was wondering if there'd be any chance of you working with Iommi again in the future.

Tony Martin: "I don't know, I can't imagine it happening because I always said I wouldn't. That of course was in connection with BLACK SABBATH, but solo? I don't think so."

The Dio Message Board: When listening to various metal bands, I often find myself saying, "They could use someone like a Tony Martin." Having said that, I'm wondering if you would care to share with us which other bands have asked you to come aboard?

Tony Martin: "I recently got an invite from CANDLEMASS to try out, and it could have worked out quite good other than they were on a short fuse and ran out of time so they called up their old singer. The album turned out really good though."

The Dio Message Board: There are rumors about Ronnie James Dio leaving SABBATH during the "Dehumanizer" sessions and you joining the band for a couple of sessions before Ronnie came back again. Can you confirm it?

Tony Martin: "Yep, I was there, in fact somewhere on the Net I think someone has released a bootleg of the demos that I did….NOT VERY NICE!!!"

The Dio Message Board: Would you ever do SABBATH again, or is it three times bitten, forever shy?

Tony Martin: "Once bitten, twice shy, third time no fuckin' chance!!!!"

The Dio Message Board: A little while back you were involved with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody and joined their band which I'm guessing was due to your past connections with Neil Murray. What happened to instigate you leaving them, why didn't it work out?

Tony Martin: "Actually I went to talk to Bernie Marsden about my solo stuff and the conversation turned around to their stuff and he asked me if I'd like a go at it. It didn't really work because we are very different in most ways, from songs to the way they work. I found it frustrating that they couldn't tell me where and when we would be working, but they just get on with it. Love what they play but the songs were really for a different voice, and also I couldn't introduce any SABBATH stuff to the show, and I was coming to the realization that's what I was supposed to be doing. So it all got a bit messed up really until we had a huge row and that was it."

Read the entire interview in the "Don't Talk to Strangers" forum at The Dio Message Board (free registration required).

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