The boys of Black Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward–will be getting back together to release a new album and go on tour.
Guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed the news to the Birmingham Mail.
“We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good,” said Iommi. “It’s more back to the old original stuff.”
Iommi went on, “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.'”
According to Brooklyn Vegan, it was reported earlier that both Ozzy and Lommi were writing new material in June for a record to be released next year.
Black Sabbath last reunited with Ozzy in 1997 for Ozzfest and stayed together until 2006, the year the group partnered for their induction into the UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. According to Noise Creep, the group hasn’t toured together since 2005.
Black Sabbath is an English rock band that formed back in 1969. They’re known for their use of horror- and occult-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars. They are most notable as heavy metal pioneers. They were even ranked “Greatest Metal Band” of all time by MTV.
One of the most famous members of the band is lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, 62, who even starred in his own series, MTV reality show “The Osbournes” that aired in the early 2000s. Osbourne had the role of badboy in the band and was even fired from the group in 1979 for reported heavy alcohol and cocaine use. Ozzy went solo and became successful, selling over 100 million albums. By 1997 Osbourne rejoined the band.