Ian Gillan And Tony Iommi Back Together For Charity
Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi are working together in a new band called Whocares. And it also includes members and former members of Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Metallica.Joined by Jon Lord, Nicko McBrain. Jason Newsted and HIM guitarist Mikko ‘Linde’ Lindstrom, they’ve just recorded a charity single, with all proceeds to go to the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia.
The single, released in digital and CD formats on May 6, is to features the songs Out Of My Mind and Holy Water. The CD edition will also have the video for the fierst song, plus a 40-minute documentary chronicling Gillan and Iommi’s work for Armenia. This goes back to 1988, when the country was devastated by an earthquake and the pair launched Rock Aid Armenia.
Says Iommi: “Some 20 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 honour 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 honour and a pleasure.”