North America Release Date:
August 28, 2012
Two very talented men from two very good bands Tony Iommi(Black Sabbath) & Ian Gillian(Deep Purple) first collaborated last year for 2 songs, with the rest of the list we have:
Jason Newsted(Voi Vod) John Lord(1941-2012)(Deep Purple)Nicko McBrain(Iron Maiden)& Linde Halstrom(HIM) finishes off the great list of musicians. Not to be confused that all those mentioned artists only contributed to 2 songs on the album.
"Out of My Mind"
Amongst the tracks are the two original WhoCares songs, Deep Purple's unreleased studio jam "Dick Pimple," and a song from Repo Depo (a band Ian Gillan formed before the Deep Purple reunion) which never released an official song before this CD. Also included is "Zero The Hero," from the aforementioned Black Sabbath Born Againrelease (which is the only album to feature Gillan on lead vocals), as well as two unreleased songs from Tony Iommi featuring Glenn Hughes.
The "Out of My Mind" and "Holy Water" singles were a joyful and inspired moment from two musicians with nothing to prove, willing to support music where music is considered a luxury. The spark to bring Iommi and Gillan in a studio together again was to finance the rebuilding of a music school in Armenia they had visited together on various occasions in past years.
"As I said once in the song 'Razzle Dazzle,' it's a real fine line between an orgy of destruction and a wonderful time,'" states Gillan. "The destruction of conformity in this case: some of these pieces never really fitted into their contemporary program and got sidelined or forgotten, and some of the album tracks never had much exposure. As the track listing for this album came together, I noticed many of the titles had character similarities: a combination of freshness as they finally felt the sun on their backs and rebellion in a 'yeah told you so' kind of way. And that adds up to a wonderful time and more money for the music school we are building in Armenia.
"The ad-hoc benefit WhoCares band," continues Gillan, "was a band put together byTony Iommi and myself on a flight home from Yerevan, where we'd been deeply humbled by the honor and expectation bestowed upon us. Well that's it really, in a nutshell, so to speak, what more can I say? It's all there in the music."(from Bio)
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