The Tony Iommi Tapes, 2007: rating Ritchie Blackmore and recalling the rivalry between Deep Purple and Black Sabbath

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By Steve Newton

When I interviewed guitar legend Tony Iommi back in March of 2007 he was bringing his Ronnie James Dio-fronted version of Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, to Vancouver for a show at the Pacific Coliseum with Megadeth and Down.

At one point I asked Iommi whether he was a fan of Dio’s previous group, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, and how he rated Blackmore as a player. He didn’t have much to say about either topic, but when I asked if there had ever been any rivalry between Sabbath and Blackmore’s best known band, Deep Purple, things got a bit more interesting.

Have a listen:

 

Iommi Tapes #1 (1984)

Iommi Tapes #2 (1984)

Iommi Tapes #3 (1984)

Iommi Tapes #4 (1984)

Iommi Tapes #5 (1984)

Iommi Tapes #6 (1984)

Iommi Tapes #7 (2007)

Iommi Tapes #8 (2007)

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