Friday, February 24, 2012

Black Sabbath to add one US date to reunion tour

To say that the Black Sabbath reunion album and tour have hit more than a few snags since their announcement last November would be a serious understatement.

Guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer (lymphoma), drummer Bill Ward remains an unconfirmed participant after going public over a contract dispute, and then the tour was cancelled and replaced with an “Ozzy & Friends” series of shows due to Iommi’s illness and treatment schedule.

The lone confirmed Sabbath gig on the schedule remains a June 10 headlining slot at the UK’s Download festival.

Now, there’s news that a single US date will be added to Sabbath’s schedule.

FOX23reports Ozzy’s wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, has revealed the band is set to headline one show in America.

She tells VH1 Radio Network, "They're gonna be doing one show in America this summer, but I can't say yet (where and when it is) because we can't announce it, the promoters have to. But they are doing one show in August."

And Osbourne cannot confirm if the reunion will feature original drummer Bill Ward, who has threatened to quit the band over a contract dispute.

She adds, "We don't know yet, we really don't know. It's up to Bill. The door is open for him to join us, so it's up to him."

Osbourne insists the reunion is going well, despite the setbacks, and her husband and his bandmates Iommi and Geezer Butler have already come up with a bunch of new songs for a planned album.

She explains, "They're doing really well in the studio. Gosh, they must have written 15 new songs already and it's going great."

The new record, produced by Rick Rubin, will be the reunited lineup’s first since 1978’s “Never Say Die” – IF Bill Ward signs on, that is.

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