UPDATED: Black Sabbath, Reunited and Working on a New Album
UPDATED: Tony Iommi has issued a statement calling this “speculation.” Read about it here.
The original lineup of Black Sabbath—Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward—have reunited and are working on a new album, according to birminghammail.net. Beginning in June, Osbourne and Iommi began writing new material together. ‘‘We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good,’’ Iommi said. ‘‘It’s more back to the old original stuff.’’ The one concern Iommi has had, he said, was whether Ward’s health would hold up. ‘‘He hasn’t been 100 percent,” the guitarist said. “He had an operation a few months ago, so we’ll see how he is.’’ In addition to working on the album, the group is hoping to tour.
Before you get too excited, though, we want to add that our sister publication, Classic Rock, in the U.K., says, “Iommi’s management have now strongly denied the authenticity of this story, claiming that the guitarist hasn’t spoken to the paper for two months!”