As we speak, the four original members of Black Sabbath are holding a press conference at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Hollywood, the site of their first American show 41 years ago. However, once the clock turned to 11:11 am PST, the video montage above appeared on the band’s website. Towards the end of the clip, the band confirms that not only will Sabbath be returning to the stage in 2012, but that they will be recording a new album with none other than Rick Rubin producing. According to a source of ours, Rubin has been “very involved” in the production of the new album.
In addition to revealing news about the band’s first album with Ozzy in 33 years, the video also confirms that Black Sabbath will be headlining the Download Festival on June 10, 2012. The video also promises a world wide tour to follow the festival appearance.
Obviously this is all a lot to take in, and details are still developing. We’ll continue to update as more information is likely being revealed during the press conference happening as we speak.
Update: During the conference, Rick Rubin revealed that Sabbath is halfway through the writing process will start recording early next year.
Metal Hammer posted the following pictures from the press conference (including one with Q&A host Henry Rollins) via Twitter:
And earlier in the day, Black Sabbath posted the following picture via their own Twitter account: