Tony Iommi, guitarist of the legendary rock band Black Sabbath is the composer of Lonely planet, the song the Armenian public and jury chose for Gor Sujyan and the Dorians to represent them in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
Tony Iommi writes on his official website:
Well here’s something different, one of my demo ideas has been chosen as the Armenian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest! It went on a short list and Saturday night was voted as the winner. I did the music and the performing band Dorians wrote the lyrics, it’s called ‘Lonely Planet’. They’re a good band, the singer has a really good voice and the lyrics they’ve written are in English. It now goes to the semi-final on May 16th in Malmo, Sweden.
Glad to be able to be involved with Armenia again, the school is coming along fine, they’ve got the furniture sorted and it will be opened late summer.
This isn’t the first time the 65 year old rocker is involved with Armenia. After the devastating earthquake which hit the country in 1988, he took part in the Rock Aid Armenia to raise funds for the victims. In 2009, Tony Iommi flew to Armenia where he took part in the Armenia Grateful 2 Rock celebrations and received Armenia’s Order of Honour.
Later, in 2011, together with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple they recorded two songs, Holy water and Out of my mind. The proceeds from the sales of the songs were used to build a music school in Gyumri.