By: Gary Graff
The steady stream of song leaks continues to come from Device, the new group founded by Disturbed frontman David Draiman and former Filter member Geno Lenardo.
This week's offering is the group's cover of the 1988 Ozzy Osbourne/Lita Ford duet "Close My Eyes Forever," which finds Draiman dueting with Lzzy Hale. Draiman tells us it's a pairing that's been in the works for some time:
"I've wanted to do that for years. I've always been a fan of the song. I originally approached Lzzy about it years and years ago. Originally we were gonna do it as a Disturbed cover. I'm glad it ended up happening with Device and not Disturbed as we had originally intended because of where we ended up going with it stylistically. The strings, the keys, that amount of electronic saturation in the song is something that would not have been appropriate on a Disturbed record but is definitely very, very appropriate for the rendition of the song. Everything happens for a reason, I suppose."
As of this juncture, meanwhile, Draiman tells us that only half of the original "Close My Eyes Forever" tandem has heard Device's version of the song:
"Lita has heard it, and she loved it. Ozzy, I have not sent it to him...I can only hope that both Ozzy and Sharon (Osbourne) love it and they see it as what it is, which is just a tribute to the greatest heavy metal frontman of all time, someone that we all look up to."
Device’s self-titled debut album comes out April 9 and also features guest appearances by System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows, Tom Morello and Glenn Hughes -- is due out April 9.
The touring version of the group, without Lenardo, hits the road starting April 10 in Mobile, Ala.
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