Drummer Mike Portnoy recently gave his thoughts on the latest Black Sabbath reunion, naming the fact it's addressed as a reunion his only problem.
During a chat on Energize With Lonn Friend podcast, Portnoy stressed that without the original drummer Bill Ward, there is simply no reunion, drawing an interesting parallel between Heaven & Hell band.
"Here's my issue with it," he kicked off (via Blabbermouth). "I have no issue if Bill Ward is not fit to play in Sabbath, as they're saying. Or I have no issue with it if they're having money litigation and problems and they couldn't agree on something that was fair. My issue is that they're calling it a Black Sabbath reunion. It's not a Black Sabbath reunion without the four of them. It is now just the latest Black Sabbath lineup."
Portnoy explained further, "Why is this Black Sabbath, but Heaven & Hell wasn't Black Sabbath? I mean, we all know the real reason for it. But it's not a true Black Sabbath reunion without Bill Ward. And if they need to do it without Bill, then they do it without Bill. But don't call it a reunion. It's just Black Sabbath 2013."
Meanwhile, guitarist Tony Iommi discussed ongoing cancer battle, naming his well-being as a top priority over Black Sabbath. The axeman also showed strong determination to continue working and playing with metal pioneers.
"I don't think it would be hard to do another album, because we work so well together once we start cracking," he told Willamette Week. "And I've got plenty of ideas and stuff. But we'll have to see what happens at the end of the year, after tour. I mean, for me, this is a whole new venture, because it's the first time I've been out on tour since I've been ill for the last two years. And I have to treat things very differently to how I did five years ago. I've always put the band first, but now, of course, I have to put my health first."
So are you with Portnoy on this one? Do you consider the current Sabbath lineup as a reunion or "Black Sabbath 2013?" Let us know in the comments.