Thursday 22 March 2018

‘Black Sabbath’ guitarist writes Eurovision entry for Armenia

Tony Iommi
Tony Iommi
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

THEY’RE one of the last acts you’d associate with the Eurovision, but Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has written the 2013 Eurovision entry for Armenia.

Iommi composed the song ‘Lonely Planet’ which will represent the Caucus nation at the competition in Malmo this May.

The musician said on his official blog: “Well here's something different, one of my demo ideas has been chosen as the Armenian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest!

 “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. It now goes to the semi-final on May 16th in Malmo, Sweden”, he said.

The 65-year-old rocker has been a regular visitor to Armenia since he took part in ‘Rock Aid’ – a concert to benefit victims of a devastating earthquake which struck the country in 1988.

In 2009 he received Armenia’s Order of Honour, in recognition of his efforts 21 years previously.

Armenia returns to the Eurovision this year after withdrawing last year in protest against host Azerbaijan, as the two countries are technically at war.

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