Tony Martin Says He Doesn’t Get A Penny From Black Sabbath At All


Around his 35th anniversary of joining Black Sabbath, Tony Martin revealed something surprising about working with the band and their current situation.

Tony Martin was the second longest-serving vocalist of Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne. He sang for the band from 1987 to 1991 and 1993 to 1997. Martin was fired from the band in his first period as they wanted to replace him with Ronnie James Dio, and his second exit was even more dramatic.

In 1993, Martin returned to the band and released ‘Cross Purposes.’ They didn’t receive praising comments from the critics, and the band was getting more and more discouraged. Many years later, Tony Iommi talked about Tony Martin and stated that he wasn’t doing well in the band. This claim upset Martin because it was brought up years later rather than at that time to fix the issues.

Conversations circulated around cutting Martin’s years off from the band’s legacy. Even though Black Sabbath disbanded in 2017, the previous members are still concerned with its legacy. Recently, the band managers seem to have decided to bring the Martin era back to light and resell the records of the time. The interviewer addressed some questions regarding this topic to Martin in a recent interview. He said that he is not earning any money from the records he created and has no idea about their re-release.

Here is the first question:

“You put up something about a month ago on social media saying that you got a call from Tony’s manager, and it seems like a deal for your era of Sabbath albums could be coming back to light. What’s happening with them?”

Which Martin answered:

I don’t know. I don’t know a date. And I don’t know what they’re going to put in it. Because they said we can’t do anything new under the Black Sabbath name. But we could do something that we did at the time, which I don’t get because if we found a song that we hadn’t used and now we released it, it’s new. So, I don’t know how that works, but I’m still waiting to find out.

I have spoken briefly to Tony Iommi recently, and he does want to have a chat. So I’ll probably be able to find out more then, but at the moment, same as you, I don’t really know.”

Following that, the interviewer asked:

“It would be fantastic, especially for the Sabbath fans because it’s a set of albums, which are really almost impossible to get a hold of.”

To which Martin responded:

“Oh, they are impossible. Cause it’s not on sale. They don’t have a record deal for it. Obviously, if it’s not on sale, you won’t pick it up anywhere, and also, you don’t get any royalties. If it’s not being sold, you don’t get any, so I don’t get a penny from Black Sabbath at all.

Because it’s not, it’s not on sale. They want to re-release it. I really, really hope it sort of all comes together because there’s ten years worth of Sabbath’s history missing and ten years of my life that’s missing. And I sometimes go, ‘I was there, wasn’t I? Yeah, I was there.'”

You can listen to the whole interview below.