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Tony Iommi Mulls Possible Tom Jones Collaboration

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A classic April Fool’s joke perpetrated by Kerrang! Magazine in the ’80s may end up leading to a real-life collaboration between pop legend Tom Jones and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

The gag, which ran in Kerrang!’s April 1988 issue, suggested that Jones was about to join the Sabbath lineup for a concept album and tour. The new songs were supposedly to tell the story of a minotaur’s visit to a Welsh mining town, with the live shows to be called the Minotaur/Miner Tour. The whole thing was a funny bit of leg-pulling, especially given Sabbath’s problems with hanging onto a vocalist at the time, and occasionally the band’s message boards still include messages from fans who fell for it.

As it turns out, the people who thought a Tom Jones-fronted Sabbath sounded like an intriguing idea may end up having the last laugh after all. Classic Rock Magazine reports that Iommi’s been in touch with Jones lately, and after sharing a laugh over the Kerrang! prank, they’ve mulled the possibility of doing something together in the studio.

“I’ve met Tom a few times,” Iommi told the magazine, adding, “We were talking one day and he said, ‘Did you ever see that thing in the press about me joining you guys?’ I said ‘Yes, I did,’ and he said, ‘It’s not a bad idea, is it?’ I like Tom, he’s good. I’d actually like to do something with him. It could work.”

Of course, there’s no telling if or when this will ever come to pass, but it’s obvious that Iommi’s been thinking about what his future holds after Sabbath’s successful reunion with singer Ozzy Osbourne for the ‘13‘ album and tour. He’s admitted the band has no concrete plans at the moment, and in a recent interview, suggested that their tour-concluding appearance at Hyde Park in July might have been their final concert. “It could be the last ever Sabbath show,” he mused. “I don’t want it to be, but there’s nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know, that could be it, really.”

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