Years of rumors, let downs and hope have turned into a possible celebration for Black Sabbath fans after comments from a June discussion with guitarist Tony Iommi were revealed Tuesday, those comments reveal that the group is getting back together, recording a new album and ultimately touring.
Speaking with the Birmingham Mail Tony said:
“We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good,’’ while adding, “It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy’s been the worst at trying to hold it back. He’s doing a lot of TV and he’s being asked stuff about a reunion and he’s going ‘Well, I never say never.'”
Iommi did say on Tuesday that those quotes are from June and that he was merely “speculating” and “shooting the breeze” however he never denied during his most recent statement that what he said was true.
The announcement of a Black Sabbath reunion comes just six months after bassist Geezer Butler released his own statement in which he wrote:
“I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely no reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath,” while adding, “Whether to record an album or to tour.”
The last time Ozzy toured with the band was in 2005, while the last Sabbath album was Never Say Die which was released in 1978.
In 2001 super producer Rick Rubin tried to work with the group but those sessions fell apart and Ozzy Osbourne decided to focus on his successful solo career.
Come on Black Sabbath, what do you possibly have to lose by working together and giving fans what they’ve been waiting for since 1978.