Armenia will be rocking up to Eurovision 2013 with a song written by Black Sabbath’s guitarist Tony Iommi.
“Well here’s something different, one of my demo ideas has been chosen as the Armenian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest,” Iommi wrote on his official website.
“It went on a short list and Saturday night was voted as the winner. I did the music and the performing band Dorians wrote the lyrics, it’s called ‘Lonely Planet’.
“They’re a good band, the singer has a really good voice and the lyrics they’ve written are in English.”
But anyone expecting wall-to-wall Sabbath-style heaviness from the Lonely Planet might be left feeling a little disappointed. It alternates between quiet, finger-picked verses and an admittedly crunchy chorus, but the chap singing the song, Gor Sujyan, is no Ozzy Osbourne.
Here’s the track:
Iommi, who was given an order of honour by Armenia in 2009 for his fundraising and charity work in the country, said he was “glad to be able to be involved with Armenia again.”
As well as the Eurovision tune, 2013 will also see the release in June of the first all-new Black Sabbath album since 1995’s Forbidden.
Entitled 13, the record reunites three quarters of the original Sabbath line-up (Iommi, Ozzy and bassist Geezer Butler – but sadly not drummer Bill Ward) and was described earlier this month by Iommi as “today’s version of how it was 40 years ago.”
The band had intended to tour extensively in 2012, but they were forced to change their plans after Iommi was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment for lymphoma.