Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi announced plans to hit the studio with Yan Gilan (Deep Purple) for a musical collaborative effort to garner support for an Armenian music school in Gyumri. In an exclusive interview with UK’s Metal Hammer magazine, Iommi expressed that he and Gilan “are going to record some songs together and we hope that we will manage to gather enough money for the reconstruction of the school.”

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Tony Iommi and Yan Gilan visited Armenia in October 2009 for the Mediamax project Armenia Grateful 2 Rock. Iommi recalled that during their stay, they visited “an old music school where it was very cold and the pupils of the school had no musical instruments.” The duo donated several guitars and percussion instruments, but had higher hopes than solely tangible contributions.

While concrete plans and strategies are still “in a discussion stage,” Iommi did express the potential for live performances and charity gigs to further their collective contributions. He went on to state that “we still need to certify our projects, as I hope I will restart my tours with Heaven and Hell.”

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Tony Iommi is widely recognized as one of the most important guitar players in heavy music. He was included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” in addition to topping Guitar World‘s “100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time” list.

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