The Armenian Naregatsi Folk Instruments Ensemble performed the cover of Black Sabbath’s song “She’s Gone” at a special concert in Yerevan today.
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, along with Rock Aid Armenia organizer Jon Dee, are in Yerevan, Armenia, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Rock Aid Armenia, a humanitarian effort by the British music industry to raise money to help those affected by the 1988 devastating earthquake in Spitak.
Iommi and Gillan were among the musicians to contribute to a star-studded charity recording of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” the following year to raise funds to rebuild the country. Other musicians on the recording included Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore and Queen’s Brian May.
Decades later, Iommi and Gillan recorded another song, “Out of My Mind,” with another supergroup of musicians, including current and former members of Metallica and Iron Maiden, to collect money to build a music school in Armenia.
The evening gala dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Rock Aid Armenia was attended by Armenia's President Armen Sarkissian.