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Brian May and Tony Iommi Collaborate on a Performance of Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid

Queen’s guitarist, Brian May, recently teamed up with Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi for a special rendition of ‘Paranoid.’ Part of the Sky Arts documentary series ‘Greatest Guitar Riffs,’ the event premiered on January 3, 2024. The performance, showcased on the Guitar World YouTube channel, went beyond a standard rendition, with May contributing a solo to the iconic metal riff of ‘Paranoid.’

This collaboration united two influential guitarists in rock history, although it’s not their first joint effort. The two musicians have shared a longstanding friendship, frequently jamming together on various occasions. You can enjoy the performance by watching the video below.

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This Performance is Featured in a Documentary Series

The Sky Arts series, spanning three consecutive nights from November 24 to November 26, delves into the history and impact of some of the most renowned guitar riffs. Brian May hinted at this news on May 18, 2023, through an Instagram post without providing specific details.

Featuring not only Iommi but also other guitarists like Andy Summers of The Police and Nancy Wilson of Heart, this episode with May and Iommi centers on the creation of Black Sabbath’s classic riffs and the birth of heavy metal.

Within the episode, viewers are treated to a conversation between May and Iommi, reflecting on their initial meeting in the early 1970s and their enduring friendship. Iommi also provides insights into the creation process of ‘Paranoid,’ a last-minute addition to Black Sabbath’s second album.

The Sky Arts documentary series is produced by Somethin’ Else TV, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, with Ian Sharpe as the executive producer. Describing the series as an exploration of the finest guitar riffs ever written, Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, highlights the presentations by guitar legends.

May and Iommi’s Upcoming Projects

Alongside this collaborative performance, both guitarists have been actively engaged in their respective solo endeavors. Tony Iommi has been immersed in creating new music, potentially hinting at an upcoming solo album. He has also revealed plans for the release of a Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath box set in May. On the other hand, Brian May is gearing up for a series of concerts in Japan with Queen + Adam Lambert, set to take place in February.

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