Tony Iommi Says He Still Wants to Collaborate With Queen’s Brian May
He and May first hatched the plan when the Queen guitarist visited Iommi shortly after Iommi's 2012 lymphoma diagnosis. The Sabbath shredder is known to keep a stockpile of guitar riffs on hand, and after playing some of them for May, an idea was formed. "We may well find some way of working together on them," Iommi later told The Birmingham Mail in 2013.
But since the project has yet to come to fruition, the Black Sabbath co-founder was asked about it in part of a new interview that emerged on Thursday (Dec. 9).
"We've talked about it for years, we really have," Iommi now tells Classic Rock, "and the pandemic smacked everything up. Brian came here to my house just before."
He continues, "It was a lovely day; we sat outside in the courtyard and played riffs. I played him some of the stuff I'd got, and he said, 'Oh, great, you've gotta do something with this.' And we've talked about it on and off. It would be nice, one day, to do that."
May is "really busy now doing all sorts of things," Iommi adds, "and it's great that he's kept active. You can never say what's gonna happen. It would be nice. I'm open for a lot of things now, really."