Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath are reuniting to record their first album in thirty three years. The band, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, announced today that they will reunite for a 2012 tour, and will record an album with producer Rick Rubin.
“It’s now or never. We are getting along great. Everything’s really good. It’s like putting on an old glove. It’s fantastic.”
The band made the announcement at the Whiskey A-Go-Go, where according to Billboard, Black Sabbath played its first show in Los Angeles 41 years ago.
The new album isn’t finished yet, but Ozzy said that the band is already getting together to record songs. Ozzy said: “This time, for some magical reason, we have written about seven or eight songs.”
The original Black Sabbath lineup first came together in 1968. The iconic metal band has sold more than 15 million albums. Black Sabath has had more than 20 songs on the Billboard 200.
Here’s a video of one of their biggest songs, “Paranoid.”
Reuters reports that Black Sabbath released their last studio album of original material in 1978 with “Never Say Die.”
After a successful solo career, Ozzy rejoined the band in 1997 and toured with Black Sabbath on-and-off until 2006. Since “Never Say Never,” the band has only produced two new songs which were used on a 1998 live album.
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