Twenty-one years ago, Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan, of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple fame respectively, worked with some of rock’s major players on the Rock Aid Armenia project to re-record the iconic track ”Smoke On the Water” in an effort to help the victims of the Leninakan earthquake of 1988 that left Armenia in shambles. Now in 2010, the two legends are coming together to record a brand-new track, Out Of My Mind, and give back once again.
According to antiMUSIC, Iommi and Gillan had already begun working in the studio with Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord. In a statement released on Iommi’s official site, the recording of “Out Of My Mind” is officially complete, with the help of a few additional players in the rock/metal scene: ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and H.I.M. axeman Mikko Lindstrom. “Next stop is getting the track mixed!”
The Armenian people have also not forgotten the efforts associated with the original Rock Aid benefit, as Iommi and Gillan were awarded the Orders of Honor by the Prime Minister of Armenia in October 2009 in appreciation. As a fan, it’s a real treat to see some of the biggest names in the game do some good by helping their fellow man and keeping rock music alive and well.
All proceeds from the upcoming single will go toward rebuilding a music school in Armenia that had been affected by the original disaster. No official release date has been set, but stay tuned for more details.