Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has confirmed rumors that the classic Black Sabbath line-up is getting back together.
The original members; Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, will take to the stage next year, and are in the process of writing a new studio album. In fact, some new material has already been prepared; in June this year Ozzy and Iommi wrote new tracks for the record, which is also set to be released in 2012.‘‘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.’’ said 63-year-old Iommi.
Iommi told Birmingham.mail that the best-kept secret in rock, for some, wasn’t so easy to keep. ‘‘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.’” Adding, “He told me, ‘I don’t know what to say.’’’
Iommi said that he too found it hard, at times, not to say anything.‘‘I had umpteen number of people on the phone asking if I fancied getting together with a band, but I couldn’t tell them what I was doing. I just had to say I was busy.’’
The renowned guitarist added that his only concern about the classic Black Sabbath reunion, was the health of drummer Bill Ward, who has previously 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.’’