Tony Iommi Recalls ‘Disastrous’ Attempt At Adding String Instruments To ‘Laguna Sunrise’

Tony Iommi Recalls ‘Disastrous’ Attempt At Adding String Instruments To ‘Laguna Sunrise’

Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi recalled a “disastrous” attempt by the band to add string instruments to “Laguna Sunrise” from their 1972 album Vol. 4.

According to Iommi, he came up with the idea of adding a string section. He even arranged for a violin and cello, so he could play one and bassist Geezer Butler could play the other.

“That was absolutely disastrous,” Iommi told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “It sounded like a dying cat. It was absolutely awful. I bought this violin, which I have no idea how to play the bloody thing. I don’t know what I was thinking, really.”

Butler added, “You see symphony orchestras and things, and you think, ‘Oh, I can play bass, or I can play guitar. How hard can cello be?
And then I got this cello. I couldn’t make head nor tail out of it. You have to be a real musician to be able to play that.”

The band later ditched the idea and hired session musicians to perform the parts instead.

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