Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Queen six-stringer Brian May are said to be planning a collaborative album based around the vast amount of unused riffs that both men have compiled, according to Blabbermouth. The idea would be to collect the riffs in one place and then let fans build their own songs around them. The existence of the project was revealed in the latest issue of Kerrang! magazine, in which May answered questions posed by some of his fellow musicians.
Iommi's submitted question was, "When are we going to get to work on that album of riffs together? You know what I'm talking about..." May replied, "Yes, I do know what he's talking about and I'm very, very keen. The record he's talking about was supposed to be a secret but I guess he's blown it now!"
May explained that the project was hatched when he visited Iommi's studio and was struck by the amount of unused material the Sabbath guitarist had. May said, "The idea was to put all these riffs out in some form so that people could build their own songs from them. You could make your own music with Tony Iommi on guitar!"
Iommi, along with bassist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne, has just completed 13, the first Sabbath album in 35 years to feature three of the four original members of the band.
The guitarist was diagnosed with cancer in January 2012, just before work on the album commenced, and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
Sabbath is expected to tour North America this July and August, following the June release of the new album.