BLACK SABBATH: The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross and Tyr (1986–1990)


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💿The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross and Tyr (1986–1990)💿 Black Sabbath began work on new material in October 1986 with producer Jeff Glixman. The recording was fraught with problems from the beginning, as Glixman left after the initial sessions to be replaced by producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven. Bassist Dave Spitz quit over "personal issues", and former bassist Bob Daisley (Rainbow,Ozzy Osbourne) was brought in. Daisley re-recorded all of the bass tracks, and wrote the lyrics, but before the album was complete, he left to join Gary Moore's band, taking drummer Eric Singer with him.[ After difficults times with second producer Coppersmith-Heaven, the band returned in England in January 1987 to work with Chris Tsangarides. While working in the UK, new vocalist Ray Gillen left Black Sabbath to form Blue Murder with John Sykes. The new entries were Tony Martin, the vocalist who re-recorded Gillen's tracks, and former Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan to complete a few overdubs. Before the release of the new album Black Sabbath accepted an offer to play six shows at Sun City, South Africa with Terry Chimes (The Clash) as drummer. "The Eternal Idol" was released on 8 December 1987. The album would stall at No. 66 in the UK, while peaking at 168 in the US. The band toured in support of this tour in Germany, Italy and Greece. Other European shows were cancelled. The bass player Dave Spitz left the band shortly before the tour, and was replaced by Jo Burth. Aftwr Black Sabbath signed with I.R.S. Records. The band took time off in 1988, returning in August to begin work on their next album. As a result of the recording troubles with Eternal Idol, Tony Iommi opted to produce the band's next album himself. "It was a completely new start", Iommi said. "I had to rethink the whole thing, and decided that we needed to build up some credibility again". Iommi enlisted former Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell, long-time keyboardist Geoff Nicholls and session bassist Laurence Cottle. Black Sabbath released Headless Cross in April 1989. Anchored by the number 62 charting single "Headless Cross", the album reached number 31 on the UK charts, and number 115 in the US. Brian May, a good friend of Iommi's, played a solo on the song "When Death Calls". Following the album's release the band added touring bassist Neil Murray, formerly of Whitesnake, Gary Moore's backing band, and Vow Wow. The unsuccessful Headless Cross US tour began in May 1989 with openers Kingdom Come and Silent Rage, but because of poor ticket sales, the tour was cancelled after just eight shows. The European leg of the tour began in September, where the band were enjoying chart success. After a string of Japanese shows the band embarked on a 23 date Russian tour with Girlschool. Black Sabbath was one of the first bands to tour Russia. The band returned to the studio in February 1990 to record "Tyr". Tyr was released on 6 August 1990, reaching number 24 on the UK albums chart. The band toured in support of Tyr with Circus of Power in Europe, but the final seven UK dates were cancelled because of poor ticket sales. For the first time in their career, the band's touring cycle did not include US.


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