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Black Sabbath To Reunite With Original Lineup to Tour and Record New Studio Album

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Update: Tony Iommi has commented on the original news article but not exactly refuted the claim. You can read his comments here.

Multiple sources are reporting that Black Sabbath is to regroup with their original lineup to record a new studio album next year. Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi reportedly wrote new material for the record in June of this year. The album would mark the first to feature Ozzy since 1978's "Never Say Die." The band is said to be currently rehearsing for a new tour.

"We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good," said 63-year-old Iommi. "It’s more back to the old original stuff."

He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time.

"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 said his only concern about the current reformation was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in the past has suffered a heart attack.

"He hasn’t been 100 per cent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we’ll see how he is."

Iommi's last version of Black Sabbath, dubbed Heaven & Hell, came to an end when singer Ronnie James Dio died in May 2010.

Source: Birmingham Mail

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

Not sure if want.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 11:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. R10 writes:

Not totally shocked to hear this. Somewhat surprised they would try to record new music. Seen them last in 05 on Ozzfest,Maiden smoked them off the stage. Ozzy had a hard time singing songs he recorded 35-40 years ago. The last time i can say i was impressed with a Sabbath/Ozzy performance was the reunion tour in 99 with Deftones and Pantera. Ozzy did quite well. He hasnt been the same post atv accident in 01 i believe. This gives young metallers a chance to see these legends live,so thats probably a good thing. I know the Heaven@Hell shows with Dio were awesome. Dio still had it,even at his age,was still amazing!

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. wilco writes:

looking forward to hear the neww stuff
but did think to many captains on the ship

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brandedcfh420 writes:

@ R10: we walked out during Sabbaths set on their reunion tour in 99. OZZY was trying to take all the spotlight on himself. hoping this goes through as id like to see them again!

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Drum_Junkie writes:

Gotta agree with ya, R10. Ozzy ain't the performer he used to be. Saw him back in February, and he did well, but not nearly as well the times I saw him in 1992, 1995 or 1996.

But, I hope they do put out an album while they still can. I mean what other bands are out there that have been going since 1969 and STILL have the original members alive and rocking? If it doesn't have the fire, then at least they did it to find out. If they don't, then everyone will always wonder, what if. Hope they can capture the energy of their Paranoid album, but I realize that is a lofty goal.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. R10 writes:

Frontmen tend to do that Branded. I thought Ozzy moved around well,his voice was still pretty good. He was doing these frog hops,which ill admit looked pretty retarded. Sadly,Phil was at his worse due to drunkeness,slurring,long winded drunken rants etc. Dime totally saved his ass,sling shotting full brews into the crowd,stopping songs so Phil could find his place,sing what he was supposed to sing. Saw Pantera four times,reunion show was thier worse by far. They owned and destroyed 97 Ozzfest!!!

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Brucezombie writes:

Being younger, I really hope this all works out, because, even though it won't be the same as seeing them tour in the 70s, it's as close as I can get.

I just saw Ozzy on his tour last year, and he was pretty good, including when he sung Black Sabbath songs. Although that was the first time I've seen Ozzy live so I have nothing to compare it to and I'm sure he was much better in the earlier days.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 12:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brandedcfh420 writes:

at the Houston show Phil was spot on, no rants, drunken slurs, but i felt Pantera was better than Sabbath that night. Ozzfest 2000 will be my fave time of seeing Pantera!!

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 1:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. ZMA writes:

I have no doubt that Ozzy and the rest of the gang played amazing shows back in the day. But the Heaven and Hell show I saw was great with Dio and Ozzy put on a decent show at Ozzfest last year. To me this is great news, because I really like Iommi's sound. It was awesome on the Heaven and Hell record. Hopefully they capture that magic they once had, and that Ward can hold up.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

Goddamn this has made my day.

Now Playing: Black Sabbath - Snowblind

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 2:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. WOLF7 writes:

Quite a suprise! I definitely wanna hear every damn thing by Mr. Tony Iommi, so looking forward to hear this stuff!

IF the Sabbath gents do the music and Ozzy focuses on lyrics n vocals... who knows...

Tony is - after all - the true Ironman (while Ozzy is Sharonsman).

We'll see... solid new Sabbath stuff, Or pathetic "cash in on reunions" thing (?).

Time will tell.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 3:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. kc writes:

Regardless, Tony Iommi will not let you down with riffage! Not to sure on the condition of Ozzy's voice though. If it happens i hope the producer pushes Ozzy to perform well. Try to get the "No More Tears" out of him!!!!

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 3:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RTB writes:

Great news, knew it would happen just not when
hoping for 1 last ozzfest with them headlining,.....
Next year?

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 3:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. scronge writes:

iommi just released a statement on facebook refusing these alligetions

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 4:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. R10 writes:

Thinking the same RTB. Sabbath,Priest,Machine Head,Testament headline mainstage. Get 8 up@ comers for small stage. Have Down headline small stage. Tough for Mayhem to compete with that line up. Just keep Ozzy away from the vocoder or auto tune and have Geezer write the lyrics to the new record.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 4:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. pyrettagreen writes:

looking forward to hearing new BS, but not so sure ill be as optimistic after i hear it

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 5:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. so are they, or are they not? writes:

He did not disconfirm it in the new statement right??? Or am i missing something?

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 5:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Cynic writes:

Iommi definitely has the chops to write another classic. Ozzy's voice is still great. I'm in!

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 5:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. scronge writes:

the post i read from iommi stated "absolute nonsense"
im not sure if he was saying that the reunion wont take place. but it seemed like he was saving his a$$ as to not be the band member to "officialy" release the reunion

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 5:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. silvermountains writes:

thus a new age begins, lets hope its good. great news though

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 6:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Rychemn writes:

Can't wait to hear the new stuff......and definetly see the tour.......hope all works out until then.


N.P.......Fairies wear boots....Black Sabbath.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. spiral_architect writes:

i agree 100% with cynic: "iommi definately has the chops to write another classic. ozzy's voice is still great. i'm in!"

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 9:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. ZMA writes:

Yea actually Cynic put it perfect.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 10:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. deathbringer writes:

"Thanks to the internet it's gone round the world as some sort of 'official' statement on my part, absolute nonsense."

I think he's referring to the way it came out as an official statement and the spread of this on the internet as well.

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 9:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Blindgreed1 writes:

If it really happens, i'd probably go see it regardless of the new material. I hate seeing Ozzy in his current state, but Tony Geezer and Bill are always worth the price of a ticket.

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. hellrat writes:

ah fvck man...a fvcking joke eh

well looks like everyone is all frikken goo-ga over this bit of speculation....I'll tell ya, I ain't giving ANY support to a corporate puppet charade incarnation of fvcking sabbath that is owned and commandeered by that dripping fvcking osbourne cvnt

And I must heartily disagree with the assessment that 'ozzy's voice is still great'---eh, mmm, no...it most certainly is not

Also, wasn't there some recent concern that ol Bill is neither quite up to the task anymore?

As for Phillip...best I saw out of him fronting 'tera was on the Trendkill tour...best all time performance I've seen was Down at HOB San Diego

NP---Death Penalty---Witchfinder General

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 12:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. MrNiceGuy writes:

This is false now. The reporter took what Iommi said WAAAYY out of proportion. :/

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 3:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. War Pig writes:

The orignal article that broke the story was not in the Birmingham Mail. It was on MetalTalk.net - http://metaltalk.net/news/2010882.php

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. R10 writes:

Its all about money,your right HR. But it still wouldnt be bad for younger metallers to see these legends at least once in thier lifetime,you know? New recorded Sabbath makes me nervous to think about. Especially given Oz mans use of auto tune. That might tarnish thec legacy abit i think. I know Iommis still got plenty of riffs left to write. Seen Sabbath/Ozzy three times,not to important to me i see them a fourth. Last time i saw Down,was fall of 07. Evening with,2 and a half hours. Phil was excellant,much better performer since getting his indulgence issues in check. Sadly,Downs avoiding New England this upcoming tour,but ill see them again eventually.

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Blindgreed1 writes:

MrNiceGuy: Welcome to yesterday.

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Hellspawn writes:

I won't believe it until I see it. Also, lets not have a new album. If they reunite it should be for a tour, and only a tour.

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Blindgreed1 writes:

Personally I'd like to see new material as opposed to regurgitated stuff. You know you'll hear the oldies on tour anyway. I'd be more interested in what Geezer and Tony come up with for Ozzy to sing.

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. hellrat writes:

^Twisting to the Oldies maybe? That's about all the poor croaker is capable of anymore...been that way for some time now

check out the Budokan show from the Grape Ape and Mikey Bordin era, and tell me them vocals aren't sampled...ya, of course he's got a live mic, but that fvcker ain't singin sh!t...and so it goes...

And anyone in their right fvcking mind does not contribute ONE fvcking cent to ANYthing sharon fvcking cvntbourne has her disgusting fvcking meat hooks sunk into

Black Sabbath died when Ronnie bit the dust...that was the last proper version of the band

Ozzy and his twat can go fvck themselves in a fvcking ditch ya know

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. OlafBerzerker writes:

New material would have been beauty!
np: Electric Funeral

# Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Terminator writes:

I'll take a new Sabbath album over a new Ozzy album any day.

# Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. slayer2049 writes:

ill believe it when i see the tour dates

# Aug 18, 2011 @ 2:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Been-a-Dreamer writes:

HR's last post FTW! I agree, Heaven & Hell was the end of it for me. Also, $haron can get eaten by cannibals! As for ozzy, well... Sabotage was recorded LONG ago, & IMO is the last worthwhile album he... "contributed" to.

# Aug 18, 2011 @ 2:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Been-a-Dreamer writes:

I should have said: the BAND Heaven & Hell was the end of it for me, not the album! The Devil You Know is an excellent album, & to me is the final word on the Black Sabbath legacy; different band name notwithstanding. \m/

# Aug 18, 2011 @ 3:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Blindgreed1 writes:

Point taken HR, still wouldn't mind hearing what kind of stuff Tony and Geezer write for him, and the song behind it. Those two are riff machines and Geezers lyrics are pretty "sic". lol.

# Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. hellrat writes:

fair enough brother....me? well, I'm just a cynical fvcking bastard, and I fvcking despise anything to do with Medusa Cvntbourne (which this will, if it goes at all)

Them guys should just cut the Oz out of the equation and do a "Twisting on the Sabbath" record with Richard S...ya know, a real heavy motherfvcker... get them oldies sweatin' :)

NP---A National Acrobat---SBS

# Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Blindgreed1 writes:

Gotta agree with you on the whole $haron version of Ozzy. She saved his life just in time to ruin his legacy.

# Aug 18, 2011 @ 12:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. guy writes:

lmao #4, u walked out on sabbath? sabbath should have walked out on you!

# Aug 19, 2011 @ 7:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Trendkill91 writes:

I want to see this! the reunion concert was awesome.

# Aug 19, 2011 @ 7:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Smash_Grimlock writes:

In response to comment #2 from R10, I saw the same show in 2005 on Ozzfest's last tour date in West Palm Beach, Fl. I remember Ozzy having bronchitis at the time of the show but regardless, still whooped some ass! Best act on that bill though had to be Arch Enemy on second stage performing in a torrential downpour with equipment sparking and catching fire at the back of the stage.

# Aug 19, 2011 @ 9:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. R10 writes:

Yea,Smash G,i saw the first date on that tour,the Boston date. There had been rumors that Sabbath would have to cancel,ozzy wouldnt be able to sing. They played and Oz sounded the worst id ever heard him. Thought Maiden ruled the day,setlist included songs from thier first five albums only. That Ozzfest was known as the Swedish invasion one. Apart from AE,Soilwork,The Haunted,and In Flames all kicked ass. Mass metalcore greats Killswitch and Shadows Fall kicked a$$ too,but not many people would admit that nowadays. We'll see on this Sabbath thing,hopefully Ozzman can pull it off.

# Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Lia writes:

now THIS is awesome news....i've never seen either band, unfortunately, and now I get to see them together!!!!!!!! sick!!!

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47. Valentine_no_more writes:

Sabbath, bloody, sabbath!

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48. Overlord writes:

:'D

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49. frankzappamyhero writes:

I'm 52 and its our 40th anniversary. Yep. 40 years ago I bought my 1st ALBUM ever at Revco Drug Store in Huber Heights Ohio. It cost my dad $4.97. I was 11. The cover was this wild looking Space Cadet Warrior guy with a Lazer Sword and the photo showed trails like you see when you take really good LSD-25 ! ! Yay, Black Sabbath ! they saved me from learning to play guitar like my dad's fav Chet Atkins ! I bought a real Gibson SG Standard in 1976 for $485.00 Brand New and learned to play WAR PIGS ! which got me Hot Girl Friends the likes Chet Atkins never saw !
Tony Iommi is The Father The Son
And The Holliest Ghost of all time

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