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Original Black Sabbath line-up not reuniting

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2011

Black Sabbath

Despite reports to the contrary, Black Sabbath’s original line-up – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – have not reunited to record a new studio album and tour. So says Iommi, anyway. And I guess he’d probably know.

The Birmingham Mail quoted Iommi as saying yesterday: ”We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good. It’s more back to the old original stuff. 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’. He told me: ‘I don’t know what to say'”.

But last night, Iommi issued a statement on his official website saying: “I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion. At the time I was supporting the Home Of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly: ‘Are you getting back together?'”

He continued: “Thanks to the internet, it’s gone round the world as some sort of ‘official’ statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense. To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better”.

Earlier this year, Geezer Butler also issued a statement denying rumours that the original Sabbath members were getting back together after he told a US radio station that “we are all talking, we are all friends”, which was construed to mean an album and tour was in the offing.