WHOCARES — the renewed musical union between legendary DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan and none other than BLACK SABBATH‘s Tony Iommi: the undisputed master of heavy guitar riffs — will release its debut CD single in North America on June 27 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The single will be made available in Europe on May 24 through earMUSIC. The digital release for both territories will be May 6.
The single features two brand new studio tracks “Out Of My Mind” and “Holy Water”, which will raise funds for the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia.
The CD single will also contain the video clip of “Out Of My Mind” (see below) and a 40-minute documentary that shows Gillan‘s and Iommi‘s involvement with the Armenia cause over the years.
Speaking to Armenia’s Mediamax news agency, Gillan was asked what the experience of working with
Iommi again was like compared to their previous collaboration.
“It was great to work with Tony again,” Gillan replied. “He is very easy to write with and as a singer I know exactly where he’s going. It wasn’t dramatic, just friendly and professional.”
He added, “We hope to do it again sometime in the not-too-distant future.
“It wasn’t like the last experience with BLACK SABBATH; that was a band and an album — totally different.”
When asked how the inspiration for the song “Out Of My Mind” came out right after he visiting Armenia in October 2009, Ian said, “Well, normally… people like us who work with bands write the bits that we play. In this case, with ‘Out of My Mind’, Tony presented the entire musical idea and I wrote what I sing over the top, or along with it, if you prefer. The second track of the WHOCARES single, ‘Holy Water’, was a bit different as I wrote that with Steve Morse [DEEP PURPLE] and Tony was gracious enough to play guitar on it.”
Both Gillan and Iommi have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988.
The collaboration of Gillan and Iommi, who have worked together before on the SABBATH album “Born Again”, is in itself an incredible news for all rock and metal fans and will be the best of surprises to get to know who is completing the band: None other than Jon Lord (“Mr. Hammond”, partner with Gillan on all the DEEP PURPLE classics), IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain, ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted and HIM guitarist player Mikko “Linde” Lindström are also featured on the two new songs.
Commented Gillan: “The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done.
“It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer.
“The other guys need no introduction, do they?!”
Added Iommi: “Some twenty years ago when the call came, I thought, well at least I’ve helped, but it was
going to Armenia and seeing the actual devastation caused by the earthquake that really made me realize that funds were still needed.
“Despite all the money that was raised last time, here was a music school doing their best, forgotten, in basic tin sheds. After the warmth and honor bestowed upon us during our visit, we just had to help make a difference and get the school rebuilt. And what better way than to hook up with some of rock’s greatest
players and my old mate Ian, both an honor and a pleasure.”
“Out Of My Mind” recording lineup:
* Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) – Guitar
* Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) – Vocals
* Jason Newsted (METALLICA, VOIVOD, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) – Bass
* Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN) – Drums
* Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) – Keyboards
* Mikko “Linde” Lindström (HIM) – Guitar
“Holy Water” recording lineup:
* Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) – Vocals
* Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH) – Guitar
* Steve Morris – Guitar
* Michael Lee Jackson – Guitar
* Randy Clarke – Drums
* Rodney Appleby – Bass
* Jesse O’Brien – Hammond Organ
* Arshak Sahakyan – Duduk Solo
* Ara Gevorgyan – Underlying Duduk Intro Music And Keys
Rob Cavuoto of Guitar International recently conducted an interview withWHITESNAKE/ex-DEEP PURPLE frontman David Coverdale. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Guitar International: You don’t see yourself working with [guitarist] John Sykes [again] anytime soon?
David Coverdale: I don’t see why. It’s like saying, “Would you go back to a former wife?” Are you kidding me? Do you realize how happy I am? I have blue birds flying out of every orifice! I walk around and, oops, there’s another blue feather on the floor. [Laughing]. It would be interesting to play a charity thing, in front a lot of people, but that’s about it.
Guitar International: With so many ’70s bands being nostalgia acts, why do you continue to make CDs?
David Coverdale: If I didn’t put out new CDs, I’d be on “American Idol”. I would rather go home and be a house husband and take up knitting. That’s why I work with such inspirational musicians. Another incredible thing is when we put the word out that we’re looking for new “snakes,” people line up. The guitarist can’t wait to do “Still Of The Night”, the big penis song for guitar. All of that delights me!
Guitar International: How do multi-platinum artist like yourself measure success in 2011 with no rock radio, no video channels, and file sharing?
David Coverdale: I don’t go there; artistically, I feel the CD is a success already. Our site gets 150 to 200 thousand hits a day. The response from critics and fans has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s up to the record company to make sure it’s available. I was describing this similar thing to someone the other day. Nowadays you can make a record for a tenth of the price, so I only have to sell a tenth of those records and WHITESNAKE sells records! That’s a fact. Earlier this year, I had a nice accounts meeting, and found out that not only is WHITESNAKE flourishing, but it is also getting more and more successful over the past five years.
Guitar International: What do you want WHITESNAKE to be remembered for?
David Coverdale: That’s nothing to do with me, that’s what other people want to do. That’s something that doesn’t occur to me. At first, I got into this for the chicks. It was a real lustful thing. As a child I would always write poetry as I wanted to express myself. I was also very weary of what my friends might think. I probably would have got my ass kicked. So I kept a lot of those things to myself. Once I learned an instrument, the poems became lyrics. Once I heard the emotional reservoir of the blues, that was it for me. That music just fucks me up! I love that nitty-gritty stuff. I like it when it’s open for business. So if I had to be remembered for something hopefully it would be for being a good dad and husband.
Guitar International: Way back, there were rumors of you playing withEddie Van Halen. Can you elaborate what happened and how they got out of hand?
David Coverdale: Someone on the inside told me and I’m not sure how true it is, that the VAN HALEN camp floated the idea on the Internet. I was so angry about that, as I was semi-retired at the time. I like being my own boss! I haven’t spoken to Eddie since he came up to my room in London when I was working with Pagey [Jimmy Page]. He knocked at the hotel door and asked if Jimmy was here. [Laughing] He got on his knees in front of Jimmy Page, asking him how he played this thing and how he played that thing. It was very sweet. He also went straight to my fucking minibar at 10:00 a.m., too!
Read the entire interview from Guitar International.
“Juggernaut Of Justice”, the new album from Canadian metal legendsANVIL, can be streamed in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page. Due on May 10 via The End Records, the CD was recorded at Dave Grohl‘s (NIRVANA, FOO FIGHTERS) Studio 606 in Northridge, California with famed producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, AIRBOURNE, FILTER, ATREYU,ALICE COOPER). A special-edition two-song single featuring the tracks“Juggernaut Of Justice” and “FukenEh!” was made available on April 19 at select indie retail stores.
The iTunes version of “Juggernaut Of Justice” contains a bonus track,“What I Want To Be”.
ANVIL threw an intimate, invite-only advance listening party for“Juggernaut Of Justice”, at Toronto, Ontario’s new Noble Street Studiosduring the Canadian Music Week. Several press outlets were given the chance to listen to the CD in its entirety in the studio’s state-of-the-art master control room and Hellbound.ca was there to soak it all in, shoot some photos, shoot a couple of quick videos and enjoy a few tasty Steam Whistle beers as well. Check out the report at this location.
“Juggernaut Of Justice” track listing:
01. Juggernaut Of Justice
02. When Hell Breaks Loose
03. New Orleans Voodoo
04. On Fire
06. Turn It Up
07. The Ride
08. Not Afraid
12. Swing Thing
The “Juggernaut Of Justice” song is available for download as part of The End Records‘ spring 2011 sampler at this location.