Eddie Van Halen Once Helped Black Sabbath Write A Record, Tony Martin Recalls

Former long-serving Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin recently gave an interview to The Rock and Metal Profs: The History and Philosophy of Rock and Metal. During the podcast, Martin revealed that Eddie Van Halen once helped him to write for a Black Sabbath album.

Eddie Van Halen made considerable contributions to the rock scene, primarily as a successful guitarist of Van Halen, which he also co-founded. He was counted among the most extraordinary guitarists worldwide in the rock and metal genre. Eddie’s unique guitar playing, in which he used a special finger-tapping technique, became extremely popular internationally.

The guitarist founded Van Halen with his brother Alex in 1972 and became a prominent band playing at well-known clubs like Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. The 1978 self-titled debut album gained massive success for the group by being number 19 on the Billboard charts. It was considered an excessively thriving heavy metal and hard rock record, becoming one of the most commercially successful debuts.

As a part of one of the ’80s most accomplished bands, Eddie Van Halen collaborated with other impactful names in the music scene. He worked with successful musicians such as KISS bassist Gene Simmons, Queen guitarist Brian May, and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather.

In a recent podcast, Black Sabbath’s former frontman Tony Martin revealed that Eddie once helped him while creating a Black Sabbath record. Martin stated that Van Halen guitarist joined the band during the creation process of their 1994 album, ‘Cross Purposes,’ to help with one of the tracks’ writing. He also mentioned that Tony Iommi found the writing and rehearsal sessions he recorded great. Martin has noted that he would be glad to see them in one of the Black Sabbath’s reissue records.

Tony Martin recalled the record Eddie Van Halen helped him:

I recorded the writing session with Eddie Van Halen. He came over and helped us write one of the tracks for 1994’s ‘Cross Purposes’ album. And I had an eight-track recorder at the time in the 1980s, and I used to take it everywhere, this thing. I’ve got all of the writing sessions and rehearsals recorded. So I sent Iommi this, and he went, ‘Wow! That’s f*cking great.’ And I said, ‘Well, you’re welcome to use it if you want to put that on.’ So, I don’t know. Maybe you’ll get that on there. It’s great to hear Eddie play.”

You can listen to the podcast below.