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Black Sabbath may or may not be reuniting, everyone be quiet

By | Published on Thursday 18 August 2011

Tony Iommi

Are Black Sabbath’s original line-up getting back together? Possibly. Or possibly not. We should probably just wait for an official statement and get on with our lives until then. That’s certainly what the band would like you to do, it seems.

As previously reported, the Birmingham Mail quoted guitarist Tony Iommi as confirming that a new album and tour from the original line up were in the works earlier this week. Iommi then issued an angry statement referring to people “speculating” about the band’s status, adding that when he spoke to the Birmingham Mail’s journalist Andy Coleman, he had just been “shooting the breeze” and hadn’t been expecting anything he said to be published.

The newspaper yesterday responded by saying that it had published the quote because it confirmed a report on which claimed the band are due to reform again.

Yesterday, Iommi’s manager Ralph Baker told The Birmingham Mail: “[Tony] was not saying that it wasn’t true. We haven’t got anything in place. He’s not denying that the guys have been talking but there’s nothing in the way that’s been implied in the statements that you made. He made them to you in June and he felt that he made them to you off the record. A very insignificant little website put something out about Sabbath getting back together and being in the Midlands. End of story”.

He added: “When you went online, that’s when it went around the world because [it appeared that] it was official. Tony’s website virtually crashed and it took off. That’s why Tony’s pissed off, because the story would have died a death. I don’t consider some dodgy little website a trigger [to publish]. It was picked up by everybody because a lot of these kids have nothing better to do than simply pick up a story from one site and run with it and see what happens”.

Anyway, the upshot is that Black Sabbath’s original line-up may or may not be reforming. I may or may not have a cheese sandwich for lunch. Actually, I won’t, but that doesn’t mean Black Sabbath aren’t getting back together.