Original Black Sabbath Members In Talks Of Reunion

Original Black Sabbath members "are in the talking process" regarding a reunion which will include the recording of a new studio album.

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Ozzy Osbourne tells ABC News Radio that he and fellow original Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward "are in the talking process" regarding a reunion which will include the recording of a new studio album.

Osbourne stressed, however, that nothing is definite yet, in part because of the pressure the four of them will face if they make a new record. He said, "the problem that we have is that if we do an album and it's anything less than where we left off, it's gonna be a big anticlimax."

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler said in an interview with AOL's Noisecreep that while all four of the band's original members are interested in taking part in a reunion, Ozzy Osbourne's current world solo tour will keep Sabbath on ice for the foreseeable future. Butler explained, "It's not going to happen next year. Ozzy's on tour with his own band for the next year or whatever . . . I'm sure Ozzy will say 'yes' and 'no' every week for the next year while he's on tour. It's one thing to want to do something like that just before you go out to tour a record. You say, 'Oh yeah, I'm gonna tour for the next five years.' And then six weeks into it, you can't wait to get home. So we'll just see how he feels when he finishes his Ozzy Osbourne tour."

This echoes remarks that Osbourne has made to The Pulse Of Radio about the chances of touring with Sabbath again. "You know what? I don't want to say yes, and I don't want to say no, because I've put my foot in my mouth so many times," he said. "If it's meant to happen, it will happen."

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    Jesus_Dean
    In the end, I just don't see this happening. I think Ozzy just keeps saying YES so we continue to pay attention to his own band. No offence to Gus and friends, but I would much rather have a new Sabbath CD than the stuff Ozzy is doing on his own. And even if they were all ready, willing and able(?), can they get the old magic back? A lot of water's gone under the bridge and the guys have changed a lot since the old days.
    BlackWolf24
    That's good news! Old gold(black)bands are going to change this world to a perfect living!
    strat0blaster
    Before I get flamed, I like Sabbath, and I respect their contribution to music, which in my mind is unquestionable. However - they're not relevant anymore, and they need to move on. Every band has it's time, and theirs is gone. Everyone needs to get over it. Black Sabbath lft their mark. It's time to stand gracefully aside and let someone else do the same.
    BONE MARROW
    no disrepect to dio hes a great musician, but he ruined sabbath utterly. sabbath is nothing without ozzy.
    iron-maiden-666 wrote: I like Dio more than Ozzy...
    rockfreak611
    swordsofplague wrote: The metal gods frown upon the moshcore bullshit that is today's metal. Now they shall descend from the earth, purging the earth with a terrible inferno of the false prophets and lying cretins that have made a debauchery of the once-great experience that is heavy metal.
    quote of the day
    rickygarcia90
    swordsofplague wrote: The metal gods frown upon the moshcore bullshit that is today's metal. Now they shall descend from the earth, purging the earth with a terrible inferno of the false prophets and lying cretins that have made a debauchery of the once-great experience that is heavy metal.
    Sir, you win.
    Miccisicks
    OH God please no.. i saw the reunion tour in 99 they sucked and i don't imagine they'd be any better now.
    swordsofplague
    The metal gods frown upon the moshcore bullshit that is today's metal. Now they shall descend from the earth, purging the earth with a terrible inferno of the false prophets and lying cretins that have made a debauchery of the once-great experience that is heavy metal. I'm psyched
    zimzim1313
    hope they dont take any Alabama Liquid Snake before the show.... lol but seriously this sounds preety cool im kinda excited even though i dont listen to much sabbath-esque stuff anymore
    ryancide
    well, halford might be free if ozzy isn't wiling to do it....long shot, i know, but....
    MaidenandEddy
    Dio's definitely the better sinnger, but in my opinion Ozzy's era of Sabbath had the more classic songs. That said, Neon Knights is my favourite Sabbath song of all time.
    Lacebad
    where the classic sabbath line up "left off" album wise was "never say day" I don't think it'd have to be an anti-climax. I'll say what I always say in this : ozzy for sabbath, dio for rainbow, solo ozzy is shite, "solo" dio (dio band whatever) is brilliant
    -xCaMRocKx-
    mysticguitar77 wrote: EpiExplorer wrote: mysticguitar77 wrote: I love how so many people ignore that there were other vocalists in Black Sabbath other than Dio and Ozzy. Well you love away cuz we could barely give a toss. They are plenty of Sabbath fans that get a little peeved when everybody only mentions Dio and Ozzy all the time like Tony Martin and Ian Gillan don't even exist.
    Because there's two "classic" Sabbath eras: Ozzy's time, and Dio's time. That's where all their best material came from. It's like, yeah, we all know that Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley sang with Iron Maiden, but Bruce Dickinson is THE definite Iron Maiden voice. Same with Sabbath, except it's 2 guys instead of the one. For the record, I think Dio had a far better voice than Ozzy, but I prefer Sabbath with Ozzy out the front.
    Pudel
    Ozzy can't sing right now, and whe sound of him tryin to do it is miserable. Same goes for Tony Martin. So, folks, I'm sorry, you'd better borrow Tim Owens (or maybe someone relatively unknown) for a while, it'll be worth your time. Judas are breakin' up, we won't see Halford slaughter classic songs anymore. Oz, time for you '
    Skuzzmo
    storm20200 wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: storm20200 wrote: Dickinson? Really? I'm an iron maiden fan and all but I think placing him in the top 3 is a terrible notion. I mean look at any recent live concert, when he tries to sing a high note now he sounds like someone straining to have a turd. He completely ruins some of my favourite songs live which is why I just wouldn't go to see maiden. He was brilliant, but was is the operative word. I've seen maiden quite a lot over that past couple of years and Bruce has always delivered so I'd agree with the guy who puts him in the top 3 singers... Also, if you will not go to see maiden ever again because a guy misses a few notes while running around and just generally being an energetic and enthusiastic frontman then you're an idiot... Anyways, back to Sabbs..... Tony Martin gets my vote.... Ozzy I think would be a mistake..... but whatever form I'm sure I'd go to see them Thing is it's not about those few notes, it's about the way he tries to turn everything high now, it just ruins the songs for me completely.
    Dude make your mind up.... is it... "...when he tries to sing a high note now he sounds like someone straining to have a turd..." or "....it's about the way he tries to turn everything high now..." ????? Either way this certainly isn't about Black Sabbath... So again.. Tony Martin gets my vote
    storm20200
    Skuzzmo wrote: storm20200 wrote: Dickinson? Really? I'm an iron maiden fan and all but I think placing him in the top 3 is a terrible notion. I mean look at any recent live concert, when he tries to sing a high note now he sounds like someone straining to have a turd. He completely ruins some of my favourite songs live which is why I just wouldn't go to see maiden. He was brilliant, but was is the operative word. I've seen maiden quite a lot over that past couple of years and Bruce has always delivered so I'd agree with the guy who puts him in the top 3 singers... Also, if you will not go to see maiden ever again because a guy misses a few notes while running around and just generally being an energetic and enthusiastic frontman then you're an idiot... Anyways, back to Sabbs..... Tony Martin gets my vote.... Ozzy I think would be a mistake..... but whatever form I'm sure I'd go to see them
    Thing is it's not about those few notes, it's about the way he tries to turn everything high now, it just ruins the songs for me completely.
    Mind Kill
    The difference is, Dio = rainbow metal, Ozzy= doom blues. I think Ozzy fits Sabbath's doomy vibe perfectly so this is exciting news.
    Skuzzmo
    storm20200 wrote: Dickinson? Really? I'm an iron maiden fan and all but I think placing him in the top 3 is a terrible notion. I mean look at any recent live concert, when he tries to sing a high note now he sounds like someone straining to have a turd. He completely ruins some of my favourite songs live which is why I just wouldn't go to see maiden. He was brilliant, but was is the operative word.
    I've seen maiden quite a lot over that past couple of years and Bruce has always delivered so I'd agree with the guy who puts him in the top 3 singers... Also, if you will not go to see maiden ever again because a guy misses a few notes while running around and just generally being an energetic and enthusiastic frontman then you're an idiot... Anyways, back to Sabbs..... Tony Martin gets my vote.... Ozzy I think would be a mistake..... but whatever form I'm sure I'd go to see them
    ZWH
    Lacebad wrote: I'll say what I always say in this : ozzy for sabbath, dio for rainbow, solo ozzy is shite, "solo" dio (dio band whatever) is brilliant
    Agreed.
    jesse1994
    SuicidalFreak wrote: iron-maiden-666 wrote: I like Dio more than Ozzy... No way. The Ozzy-era is better than the Dio-era to me.
    the ozzy era has more of good, but dioeroa has less of epic
    thedevil
    Jesus_Dean wrote: In the end, I just don't see this happening. I think Ozzy just keeps saying YES so we continue to pay attention to his own band. No offence to Gus and friends, but I would much rather have a new Sabbath CD than the stuff Ozzy is doing on his own. blah blah blah. If they did it would be have to be heavier than Dopethrone to reclaim the Heaviest Band Ever title tho. And even if they were all ready, willing and able(?), can they get the old magic back? A lot of water's gone under the bridge and the guys have changed a lot since the old days.
    Conor Clancy
    iron-maiden-666 wrote: I like Dio more than Ozzy...
    Well Dio is dead so does it really matter?
    rickyj
    SuicidalFreak wrote: No way. The Ozzy-era is better than the Dio-era to me.
    storm20200
    Xirukah wrote: I love Black Sabbath. Both eras. Dio and Ozzy. The songs on Ozzy Era are better, but Dio is 4544453453496455374867564748 times better singer. Possibly Dio is on top 3 of Metal Singers with Halford and Dickinson
    Dickinson? Really? I'm an iron maiden fan and all but I think placing him in the top 3 is a terrible notion. I mean look at any recent live concert, when he tries to sing a high note now he sounds like someone straining to have a turd. He completely ruins some of my favourite songs live which is why I just wouldn't go to see maiden. He was brilliant, but was is the operative word.
    Alkaline 64
    Xirukah wrote: I love Black Sabbath. Both eras. Dio and Ozzy. The songs on Ozzy Era are better, but Dio is 4544453453496455374867564748 times better singer. Possibly Dio is on top 3 of Metal Singers with Halford and Dickinson
    Far too often is Ozzy's singing overlooked, in my opinion. Dio was all frills, whereas Ozzy had that grinding snarl that was honest, as well as blood curdling! Ozzy's voice (along with Toni's riffs) has definitely been crucial to their overall success, and it's somehow remained consistent throughout his whole career. They aren't getting any younger, so I think now would be the perfect chance to reform and make an album because if it works or not, the fans still have plenty of gold to reminisce in. And if
    mysticguitar77
    EpiExplorer wrote: mysticguitar77 wrote: I love how so many people ignore that there were other vocalists in Black Sabbath other than Dio and Ozzy. Well you love away cuz we could barely give a toss.
    They are plenty of Sabbath fans that get a little peeved when everybody only mentions Dio and Ozzy all the time like Tony Martin and Ian Gillan don't even exist.
    EpiExplorer
    mysticguitar77 wrote: I love how so many people ignore that there were other vocalists in Black Sabbath other than Dio and Ozzy.
    Well you love away cuz we could barely give a toss.
    PlayFreebirdNow
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: It wouldn't be hard to top what they did last. Never Say Die! sucks.
    shredder3386
    Jesus_Dean wrote: In the end, I just don't see this happening. I think Ozzy just keeps saying YES so we continue to pay attention to his own band. No offence to Gus and friends, but I would much rather have a new Sabbath CD than the stuff Ozzy is doing on his own. And even if they were all ready, willing and able(?), can they get the old magic back? A lot of water's gone under the bridge and the guys have changed a lot since the old days.
    Pretty much my thoughts too...I want to see it happen, but I really hope it isnt the quality (or lack there of) that Ozzy has been putting out for awhile now...It would be a shame to see them ruin the past a little bit by putting out a less than stellar album
    TheLukeMaxfield
    here comes the ozzy/dio arguments... if iommi's on it, i'm buying it. simple as. But its such a big shame never to here another dio album or see him live again. RIP Ronald.
    Jack Darkley
    If the riffs are half as good as "The Devil You Know" was, I'm sure it will be fine. I just don't want the final Black Sabbath product to be an album featuring Ice-T rapping. No offense Ice, but you just don't belong on a Sabbath album.
    Gyoung1991
    krvolok wrote: Tr wrote: If the new stuff with Ozzy would be on par with The Devil You Know, I'd be thrilled. No it wouldn't,simply because Ozzy would be on it.
    I've always felt that while I like Dio's voice far more he has never had the best songs to utilize it. I think Iommi was his best match and it is a shame that we won't see another Heaven and Hell album. Kills me that I missed them out of convenience to "see them when they come around next year".
    GrungeHippie26
    with sabbath i think its a tie between dio and ozzy. But as far as solo carrers go-i think dio was a better singer, and liked his solo work better than ozzy's. But ozzy's was more succesful as far as mainstream goes.
    krvolok
    Tr wrote: If the new stuff with Ozzy would be on par with The Devil You Know, I'd be thrilled.
    No it wouldn't,simply because Ozzy would be on it.