Monday, January 24, 2011

Ozzy, Black Sabbath discussing reunion, new album

A legend can be a hard thing to live up to.

Just ask the original members of Black SabbathOzzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

While fans are dying to see the original four metal masters play together again, the band members always seem to approach the subject with trepidation over the long shadow the Sabbath legend seems to cast over themselves.

In a new interview with ABC News Radio, Ozzy says the guys "are in the talking process" regarding a reunion, which will include the recording of a new studio album. Osbourne stressed, however, that nothing is definite yet, in part because of the pressure the four of them will face if they make a new record.

“The problem that we have,” said Ozzy, “is that if we do an album and it's anything less than where we left off, it's gonna be a big anticlimax."

Any Sabbath reconnection is going to be a while, anyway, as Ozzy continues to work his “Scream” album with, what seems to be, an endless world tour. But Osbourne did say, prior to the tour, that anything Sabbath was going to have to wait until his schedule was clear, which wasn’t going to be for about another year.

So, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here in terms of clock-watching: IF Sabbath does regroup, it’s not likely to be until later this year or next, at the earliest.

Black Sabbath – Electric Funeral
Never Say Die DVD
Hammersmith Odeon – London, UK – June 19, 1978

See also:

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Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward reflects on 2010
Christmas message from Tony Iommi