Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi claims Michael Bolton auditioned to join the band as it’s lead singer back in the early 80s.
As absurd as it may sound, Bolton was actually more of a rock singer in his early days before he found success singing pop ballads in the late 80s and 90s.
According to Iommi, Black Sabbath went through a number of singers after Ozzy Osbourne was fired from the band around 1980. One was Ronnie James Dio, who left in 1982.
In a recent interview, Iommi said he originally targeted David Coverdale.
“I found David Coverdale and he just, he said, ‘Oh, I just got this band together, Whitesnake. Why didn’t you find me before?’ I said, ‘[Dio] hadn’t left before, it’s happening now,’” Iommi revealed. “So there was a lot looking for another singer, and we would audition various singers, including Michael Bolton, believe it or not – he was one of them, which was an odd one. It just went on a bit, and we couldn’t decide. Eventually, it came to Ian Gillan, and we had him, we got together with Ian Gillan. We had a meeting, and Ian doesn’t seem to remember the meeting. He got too drunk, he couldn’t remember what happened.”
Bolton, on the other hand, claims he never tried out for the gig. He added, “I was in Blackjack, which were a rock band. We were more like Bad Company. … We opened up for Ozzy Osbourne and really hard bands. But that rumor about me auditioning for Black Sabbath was only a rumor, I don’t know how on Earth it started,” Bolton said in a 2014 interview.