Eminem Nearly Collaborated with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi

Slim Shady wanted a guest spot on the guitar god's debut solo album
Eminem Nearly Collaborated with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi

Eminem's most recent collaboration found him lining up alongside pop star P!nk, though as Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says, he was certainly trying for one that rocked a little harder in the year 2000.

As Loudwire reports, a speaking engagement at the Musicians Institute yesterday (October 23) in Los Angeles found Iommi revealing that Slim Shady himself had requested a spot as a guest vocalist on his 2000 solo debut, Iommi. The guitar icon then revealed that the request was never granted, as he had no idea who Eminem was at the time.

The album featured a who's who of rockers from different eras, including Dave Grohl, Serj Tankian, Henry Rollins, Billy Corgan, Brian May, Phil Anselmo and more. Iommi also revealed that Eminem's fellow Detroit native Kid Rock had recorded a track for the disc, though it never made the final cut.

Our review of Iommi from 2000 notes that the titular axe man "pulls no punches in delivering a firestorm of monster drop-tuned riffs, some of which work and some of which just sound like he's stuck in the past," while also wondering "what the hell are Billy Idol and Pantera's Phil Anselmo doing?" Perhaps Shady would have been a better fit after all.

Read our review here, and take in the album in the player below.