Another Eighth Star Update

Another Eighth Star update was posted over the weekend on Blabbermouth. Here’s what they had to say about it.

The Tony Iommi/Glenn Hughes album recorded in 1996, heavily bootlegged as the much in demand “Eighth Star” (not the project’s official title), will be quite markedly different to the version currently on the underground market when it is officially released through Sanctuary Records later this year, according to
Strengthening the BLACK SABBATH connection is bassist Neil Murray, from the “Headless Cross”, “Tyr” and “Forbidden” eras, who revealed his participation recently. “I spent one afternoon replacing the bass on two songs, one of which only had to be replaced because Tony Iommi had altered the riffs used in the song, or the original Glenn Hughes bass track would have been used,” he said.
It is commonly known that Don Airey, himself a man with BLACK SABBATH connections and now a member of DEEP PURPLE, supplied some of the keyboards on the record. However, also involved in the sessions was BLACK SABBATH keyboard veteran Geoff Nicholls.
The biggest change though is a complete overhaul of the originally recorded drums. In 1996 former JUDAS PRIEST man Dave Holland put down all the percussion work. However, Jimmy Copley of TEARS FOR FEARS, the PAUL RODGERS BAND and a colleague of Murray’s in M3, has re-cut the drum tracks.

I’ve updated my 8th Star page accordingly, and we’re waiting on a press release from Iommi’s camp about this recording. Once Ozzfest is over, hopefully the ball will get rolling with this again.