The fact that Tony Iommi, the father of metal and a founding member of Black Sabbath has written a Eurovision entry song for Armenia definitely came as a surprise to many rock fans. The track titled "Lonely Planet" is performed by Dorians, and was officially selected in a national vote to appear in the Eurovision semifinals on May 14 and 16 in Malmo, Sweden.
Iommi admitted that this was a completely new experience for him, adding that he had hoped the rock ballad would do well. However, he also expected the song to be "slagged off like everything else does."
"I've done a lot of things, but never that. The thing is, I've always thought, 'oh no, not the Eurovision', and here I am in it now," the guitarist tells BBC.
Iommi and Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan are already known for their good relationship with Armenia after helping to raise funds for the country to recover from the devastating earthquake in 1988. As for the band performing the song, the guitarist singled out frontman Gor Sujyan for having a "really good voice."
"They're a good band, the singer has a really good voice and the lyrics they've written are in English. It now goes to the semi-final on May 16 in Malmö, Sweden."
"Glad to be able to be involved with Armenia again. The school is coming along fine, they've got the furniture sorted and it will be opened late summer."
Iommi's recent projects also involve a riff album with Brian May of Queen. The guitar icons are planning to release a record consisting of guitar riffs for other musicians to build their own songs.
So do you like the song? And what do you think about the whole Iommi's involvement with the Eurovision? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.