Everyone was ecstatic this morning when it was revealed that the original Black Sabbath was reuniting for a tour and new album. Well…not so fast. Not long after news originally leaked, Tony Iommi himself released a statement downplaying the reunion, saying:
“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.
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.
All the best, Tony”
While he doesn’t necessarily deny that Sabbath are reforming, he also refers to his comments to the Birmingham Mail as speculation. In other words, while the members of Sabbath may be on good terms and may even be “secretly” reforming, it may still be a while till they actually perform or release new music together again. So today’s lesson: don’t hold your breath for a Black Sabbath reunion. But really, what else have Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler been up to these days?