Mario Solis‘ Today’s Memory
Black Sabbath’ album, Headless Cross
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Headless Cross is the fourteenth studio album by band Black Sabbath. Released in 24 April 1989, it was the group’s second album to feature singer Tony Martin and the first to feature drummer Cozy Powell.
According to Tony Iommi’s autobiography, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, the band were dropped fromWarner Bros. Records in 1988 after an eighteen year deal and after Vertigo Records had also dropped them. He soon met Miles Copeland, who owned I.R.S. Records at the time. Copeland told him: „You know how to write albums, you know what people want. You do it and I’m fine with it”. This persuaded Iommi to sign to I.R.S. Records.
Iommi contacted famous British drummer Cozy Powell, who had played with Jeff Beck, Rainbow, MSG and Whitesnake, among others, to see if he wanted to join Black Sabbath. Iommi and Powell started writing songs in Iommi’s home with Tony Martin joining in for rehearsals. Iommi had originally had the idea of bringing Ronnie James Dio back. He soon got a call from Gloria Butler, wife and manager of Geezer Butler, who said Geezer wanted to rejoin Sabbath; this reunion with Butler never happened as Geezer had joined Ozzy Osbourne on his tour promotingNo Rest For The Wicked. At the same time, Powell, who knew Iommi was looking at other singers, convinced him to let Martin stay in the band. Powell and Iommi decided to produce the album themselves.