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Guitarist also admits that the band have been rehearsing together

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has admitted that he has been rehearsing with the band and has said that he feels all four members of the group “would like” to reunite.

Iommi’s comments come after the band’s singer Ozzy Osbourne said recently that there was “a very, very strong possibilty” that he would reunite with Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward in the near future.

Speaking to Planet Rock radio, the guitarist said of a reunion: “At the moment we’re in talks about it. But what’s going to happen with it, I don’t know. There’s no definite decision on anything at the moment, but at least it’s going. We’re talking, we’re all talking to each other. We’ve met up, had a play [rehearsal], and it was great.”

He continued:

We haven’t announced anything yet, because nothing’s definite. We’re taking it steady, because these things have a tendency to backfire. ‘Oh, you said you were getting back together, but you haven’t.’ So I don’t know. We’ll have to see. It would be nice to think we could, and I think we would all like to do it, but it’s a bit more involved than that.

Iommi had spoken openly about the prospect of the band playing live shows and recording a new studio album earlier this summer but he then distanced himself from the possibility of a reunion saying he was “merely speculating”.

Iommi and Butler most recently played with Ronnie James Dio as Heaven And Hell, until Dio lost his battle with cancer last year.