The One Song Tony Iommi From Black Sabbath Wishes He Wrote
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath performs at Ozzfest 2016 at San Manuel Amphitheater on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ABA)
In the heavy metal arena, Black Sabbath is an undisputed god when it comes to intense guitar shreds and riffs, and the band’s lead guitarist Tony Iommi would be crazy not to agree. The band is considered to be one of the pioneers of heavy metal, being active in the scene for almost 5 decades. Black Sabbath has established themselves a name in rock history amongst other bands of the same genre, and it has been said that any riff under the heavy metal genre is just a derivative of what Black Sabbath has already achieved. And while imitation is considered the best form of flattery, Tony Iommi does not let that discredit the efforts of fellow rock artists.
When Tony Iommi was asked what song he would add to his collection of opus, he simply replied with Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”. From the 1975 studio album Physical Graffiti, “Kashmir” featured Led Zeppelin lead guitarist Jimmy Page’s oddly-timed guitar progression with an unforeseen lulling effect on the listener.
Led Zeppelin is an equally influential heavy metal band on par with Black Sabbath’s forefather status. Quite unexpectedly, the two bands have had shared a pleasant history as industry mates and as friends. Iommi was vocal about his love and appreciation for the other group, with the two bands almost becoming label mates in Swan Song but unfortunately, the two “couldn’t make it work out”, said Iommi.
The two bands were reported to have even jammed together on the recording studio of Black Sabbath’s fifth album, Sabbath Blood Sabbath. Led Zeppelin’s bassist and keyboard player John Paul Jones even requested to play “Supernaut” from Sabbath’s previous album, but the two parties decided to go on with new material down the road. These two bands share some heavy metal brotherhood as well, genre aside.