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Black Sabbath Reunion Reports Are “Merely Speculation” Says Iommi

John McMurtrie,

It appears that yet another to good to be true internet rumor is just that. Yesterday the webernets were on fire after reports of an original lineup Black Sabbath reunion broke. According to guitarist Tony Iommi, a reporter took several statements way out of context and he’s not happy about it.

Some things in this life are certain: death, taxes, and your favorite bands never getting back together. Yesterday everyone with internet access reported that the original members of Sabbath were rehearsing for a tour and possibly an album. All of these reports were based off of a very short interview blurb from Metal Talk, which Tony Iommi denied via his website:

“I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion. At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, ‘Are you getting back together?’ Thanks to the internet it’s gone round the world as some sort of ‘official’ statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense. my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better. All the best, Tony”

That doesn’t mean that there haven’t been talks between Ozzy and the crew about a reunion of late, in fact Iommi’s own manager Ralph Baker said on the subject to Birmingham Mail:

“We haven’t got anything in place. He’s not denying that the guys have been talking but there’s nothing in the way that’s been implied in the statements that you made. He made them to you in June and he felt that he made them to you off the record.”

So essentially you’re right back where you started, Sabbath could get together — or they could not. Let’s just hope that if it does happen, it happens while they can still perform without walkers and catheters.


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