We should have known when Black Sabbath’s Facebook page posted the video for “Never Say Die” yesterday. And while we had our doubts that the original lineup of Black Sabbath would ever reunite thanks to bassist Geezer Butler’s statement, it looks like Sabbath will return after all.
Multiple sources are reporting that Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have not only been rehearsing for a tour, but have also been working on new music. According to BirminghamMail.net, Iommi said the following:
“We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good. It’s more back to the old original stuff.
It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy’s been the worst at trying to hold it back. He’s doing a lot of TV and he’s being asked stuff about a reunion and he’s going, ‘Well, I never say never.’ He told me, ‘I don’t know what to say.’”
Keep in mind, though, that this still doesn’t give us an exact time frame, and this isn’t the first time the original lineup tried to record new material again. The report says that they hope to have new music out next year, but for all we know, it could be another two years this actually happens. Plus, Iommi even admitted that Ward’s health is the “only issue of concern” at the moment. However, if this really has been under wraps since June, then it’s a good sign that a Sabbath reunion could happen much sooner than we originally thought. [Update: not so fast]