The original members of Black Sabbath, including the infamous Ozzy Osbourne, are reportedly coming together to reunite for a new album and tour.
The original group line-up included guitarist Toni Iommi, lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, bass guitarist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.
The new album and tour come only a month after former Black Sabbath bassist Butler released a press statement that announced “I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumors, that there will be definitely no reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath. Whether to record an album or tour.”
Ozzy Osbourne, on the other hand, was not so decided when asked by Rolling Stone last year about the potentiality of an original member reunion. The former reality star, and father of three, told the music magazine, “I’ll never say never.”
The controversial English rock band has reunited before, however with a recent lawsuit having taken place between Ozzy Osbourne and Toni Iommi, the only band member that never left the band throughout its 42-year history, it seemed unlikely that the band would ever come together again.
The lawsuit involved a dispute between the two men over the Black Sabbath trademark name and logo, however, it was resolved in June 2010 with the terms of the settlement remaining undisclosed.
The band formed in 1969 and had achieved multiple platinum album success by the 1970’s with their heavy metal sounds and lyrics that have been depicted as incorporating dark and frightening themes. They are cited as among the pioneers of heavy metal music.
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The original group’s last album was in 1978 and many fans across the world are now anticipating what a new album will sound like after several decades apart and years of solo albums.
The band seems optimistic that their work will impress their fans. Iommi told the Daily Mail, “We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good.”