Black Sabbath’s guitarist Tony Iommi who wrote the Lonely Planet, the Armenian Eurovision entry, gave an exclusive interview for Eurovision.tv. Find out how the cooperation with the young successful rock band Dorians came together, and learn more about the story behind the song!
Eurovision.tv: We have talked to the manager of Dorians, who admitted that he hesitated a long time before asking you to provide a song for the Armenian national selection. "It was really weird to ask for a Eurovision song from the Godfather of heavy metal", he said. So what was your first reaction to the proposal?
Tony Iommy: I was really pleased to be asked and it didn't take long to agree. I had a quick think and felt that one of my ideas would be suitable.
Eurovision.tv: Are you happy with the lyrics of Lonely Planet and the way that Dorians have arranged and performed the song?
Tony Iommy: I think they're really good - it's something that should concern us all. The Dorians perform really well, they largely followed the demo that I had done at home so there wasn't a surprise.
Eurovision.tv: Isn’t it strange for you - to listen to your music performed by others, especially the guitar riffs and solo?
Tony Iommy: Over the years I've got used to so many other people performing Black Sabbath material I don't find it strange now.
Eurovision.tv: What you think - is there a chance that people who normally don’t watch the Eurovision Song Contest will change their minds this year because of your involvement?
Tony Iommy: I hope so!
Eurovision.tv: What is your message to Dorians ahead of their semifinal on May 16th?
Tony Iommy: Best of luck, you deserve to do well, sorry I can't be there in person!
Eurovision.tv thanks Tony Iommy for taking his time for this interview, and of course we wish Dorians the best of luck in the Second Semi-Final, too!
Are you travelling to Malmö for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest? Then don't miss the opportunity to visit the concert held by Dorians in Copenhagen on May 10th. You can purchase tickets on the AmagerBio website. Press accredited for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest have free entry. Dina Garipova from Russia and PeR from Latvia will be special guests of the concert.