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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi welcomed 2023 with a video message reflecting on last year and looking to new projects. In the clip, Iommi discusses beginning work on a new record, which could mark his first solo effort since 2005’s Fused.

He cited performing at the Commonwealth Games as a huge 2022 highlight. But the year wasn’t free from tragedy. In 2022, he lost Mike Clement, his guitar tech for the past three-plus decades. In the video, he also talks about Russia’s war against Ukraine, which apparently is getting in the way of him finishing up his new recording studio.

“I’m having a new studio built, which I’m really pleased about. Well, actually, the studio is built. It’s almost ready to go, I’m just waiting for some equipment. Because of the war [in Ukraine], it’s sort of stopped some of the parts coming through,” Iommi says “But we’re almost there. In another couple of weeks, I think I’ll be ready to go in and start work in there, which I’m really looking forward to… writing another album.”

Iommi’s previous solo albums include 2000’s star-studded Iommi and the aforementioned Fused.

In the video, Iommi also stated that he will be working on reissuing the IRS Records era of the Black Sabbath catalog this year. View the full video message below.

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