Black Sabbath to Release New Album
Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath are reuniting for a first studio album in 33 years, the original members of the band announced on Friday at Sunset Strip’s Whisky a Go Go, the club where Ozzy Osbourne, Tonni Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward had their first Hollywood gig 41 years ago.
The new album is due out in the fall of 2012. Osbourne said the reunion is unlike the band’s past unsuccessful attempts. “This time, for some magical reason, we have written about seven or eight songs,” Osbourne said. Iommi said: “It’s now or never. We are getting along great. Everything’s really good.”
Black Sabbath also have a world tour planned. The band said they will kick off the reunion with a performance at England’s Download Festival in June. No dates have been announced for the tour, nor a title for the new album.
Announcements, however, would not be hard to look for as the band have decided to make their presence felt in the Internet with the launch of a website, along with accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
The band have had several new members since Osbourne departed after 1978’s “Never Say Die!” album, the last studio recording with the four original members intact.