Confusion is surrounding reports of a Black Sabbath reunion, after Tony Iommi strenuously denied that the band are getting back together for a new album.
The Birmingham metal legends were believed to be reuniting in their classic line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Tony Iommi after Iommi apparently told the Birmingham Mail: “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.”
Now, the guitarist has angrily rubbished the claims, writing at Iommi.com:
“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.
He went to clarify his comments before apologising to his bandmates:
“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. To my old pals Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.
Iommi, Butler and Ward most most recently played with Ronnie James Dio as Heaven And Hell, until Dio lost his battle with cancer last year.