Black Sabbath reunite for new album and tour


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Heavy metal veterans Black Sabbath have announced they are reuniting, more than three decades after the release of their last studio album.

In a much-hyped appearance at Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go club on Friday , the band's original line-up told an ecstatic gathering of fans they would be bringing out their first new studio album in 33 years in 2012. As well as the record, to be produced by Rick Rubin, the band will also be embarking on a worldwide tour after headlining Download Festival in their native Midlands next year.

Ozzy Osbourne joined fellow sexagenarians Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward at the venue where the band made their Los Angeles debut in 1970, to address a large, black-t-shirt-clad crowd.

Metal Hammer magazine reported an "electric" atmosphere as the hour of the announcement approached.

The comeback sparked jubilation among fans, many of whom had long hoped to see the Birmingham rockers reunite.

James McMahon, editor of Kerrang! magazine, insisted the reunion did not represent just another bunch of old timers getting back together to cash in on their cult status, and predicted fans would feel the same way. "Metal fans can be the most cynical people in the world," he said. "But the return of Black Sabbath ? I don't think anyone thinks that's a bad thing.

"It's different because they announced they're making a record and that's really exciting. It doesn't feel weary in the way a lot of reunions of classic bands does.

"They are the Beatles of heavy metal. It all starts with Black Sabbath."

Murmurs of a reunion circulated earlier this year following reports of secret rehearsals as well as album and touring plans. Iommi was quick to scotch the rumours, dismissing them as "speculation", although not denying them outright.

Osbourne gave away more, however, when he told Billboard last month that a new Black Sabbath album was "a very, very strong possibility".

The speculation reached fever pitch among the band's legions of dedicated fans last Friday when it announced a "special event" planned for 11 November and its official website was updated with the 11-11-11 date.

Almost 18,800 Facebook users "liked" a picture posted on the band's page showing a fresh logo with the palindromic date beneath it.

Before this event, the original four band members had not appeared together since their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2006.

The last album they released together was 1978's Never Say Die!

The heavy metal pioneers have sold more than 70 million albums since they formed in 1968 under the name Earth, a year before they adopted their current name

Source from The Guardian. Having trouble pasting on the TouchPad.

I'm not sure how they will sound, but still, this is awesome!

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Holy shiznit!

They've been OUT of the picture almost as long as I've been alive. Whoa!

Ozzy was one of my first real concerts... but as Ozzy, not Black Sabbath.

That's just crazy, man.

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Holy shiznit!

They've been OUT of the picture almost as long as I've been alive. Whoa!

Ozzy was one of my first real concerts... but as Ozzy, not Black Sabbath.

That's just crazy, man.

Well, they were "reunited" (on and off) between 1997 and 2005, it's just that those efforts for a new album resulted in nothing and they mostly had tours when it would fit Ozzy's schedule. Hopefully this time around they actually do something.

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Just another bunch of old men who think they still have it. This is something I have always wanted to see; sixty-something rockers performing and hoping they song as good as they did thirty years ago. /s. . . :rolleyes:

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Just another bunch of old men who think they still have it. This is something I have always wanted to see; sixty-something rockers performing and hoping they song as good as they did thirty years ago. /s. . . :rolleyes:

True most of the the time, but don't know if you've ever seen David Gilmour and the like, let me tell you, they STILL rock! Let's give them a chance and see what they can still do.

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I bet they all retire from music after this tour, they can all go out on top, and rich

They're all already rich. As far as being on top? http://rockhall.com/inductees/black-sabbath/

Just another bunch of old men who think they still have it. This is something I have always wanted to see; sixty-something rockers performing and hoping they song as good as they did thirty years ago. /s. . . :rolleyes:

They'll still sell out every ticket even without your patronage believe it or not. Go be ****y in some other thread troll.

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