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WhoCares (Gillan & Iommi's charity supergroup)


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a follow up to the Rock Aid Armenia project of the late 80s ...

from Ian Gillan - Caramba!


Hamburg based earMUSIC, the international pop rock label of entertainment Group Edel, is proud to announce the release of the debut CD single by WhoCares on May 6th 2011. ll rock fans surfing the internet are already aware of the many rumours and semi-official news about this music project -one that simply seemed "too exciting to be true".

What hides behind this new band name is in fact the renewed musical union between legendary Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, with none other than Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi: the undisputed master of heavy guitar riffs.

The duo has recorded two brand new songs with the intent to support the rebuilding of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia. Both Gillan and Iommi have spent a lot of time in Armenia, fallen in love with the country and the people and have dedicated a lot of work to a nation still shocked after the earthquake that struck Armenia on December 7, 1988 at 11:41am.

The collaboration of Gillan and Iommi, who have worked together before on the Sabbath album "Born Again", is in itself an incredible news for all rock and metal fans and will be the best of surprises to get to know who is completing the band:
None other than Jon Lord on keyboard ("Mr. Hammond", partner with Gillan on all the Deep Purple classics), Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, legendary bass player Jason Newsted and guitar player Linde Lindström are also featured on the two new songs.

There is no doubt that this is the biggest ever super-band to release new material in 2011. WhoCares will release the 2 new songs on digital download and limited edition CD single on May 6th 2011: "Out of My Mind" (and epic hard rock classic, destined to remain in time as a hard rock milestone) and "Holy Water". The CD single will also contain the video clip of "Out Of My Mind" and a 40-minute documentary that shows Gillan's and Iommi's involvement with the Armenia cause over the years.

Ian Gillan said: "The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done. It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer. The other guys need no introduction do they…"

Tony Iommi added: ""Some twenty years ago when the call came, I thought, well at least I've helped, but it was going to Armenia and seeing the actual devastation caused by the earthquake that really made me realise that funds were still needed. Despite all the money that was raised last time, here was a music school doing their best, forgotten, in basic tin sheds. After the warmth and honour bestowed upon us during our visit, we just had to help make a difference and get the school re-built. And what better way than to hook up with some of rock's greatest players and my old mate Ian, both an honour and a pleasure. "
from Iron Maiden Official Website - Nicko joins Rock Aid Armenia for charity single
Nicko joins Rock Aid Armenia for charity single
Published: April 14, 2011

Late last year Nicko was invited by his friends Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi to record some songs, along with fellow musicians Linde Lindström, Jon Lord and Jason Newsted, as part of the charity project Rock Aid Armenia, with all proceeds going towards the rebuilding of an earthquake-damaged music school in Gyumri, Armenia.

These recordings are now due to be released by Ear Music on May 6th 2011 under the name WHO CARES. "Out Of My Mind" and "Holy Water" are the two brand new studio tracks which will be made available as digital download / 2 track CD single + video + 30min documentary / Super Deluxe 7" vinyl edition limited to 1000 units worldwide!

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