Legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi spoke to Artisan News last week about the band’s future and the possibility of a reunion with fellow original SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.
Iommi has just completed a book-signing tour for his memoir, “Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath”, which was released in the United States on November 1 in hardback by Perseus Books/DeCapo Press.
When asked about the much-rumored SABBATH reunion, Iommi said, “After I’ve done this book [tour], I go to L.A. and then we work out what we’re gonna do — have meetings and then plan the next year what I’m gonna be doing. So it could be anything . . . We get on alright, we on well. We’ll see what happens. There’s nothing in stone as yet. But at least we are on the first stage towards it.”
Iommi told Billboard.com earlier this week that he and fellow original BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward assembled earlier this year at Osbourne‘s home in California to play some music “for a bit of fun, and to see if we could all play. It was good, but it was just purely, ‘Let’s have a go and see what happens.'” Iommi said the group planned to get together again “very soon…to discuss things and see what’s going to happen and see what we’re going to do. It’s all in the air at the moment, but it’d be nice to think we can actually do something.”
Iommi did not give any hints about the press conference the group is holding in Los Angeles, but said, “We’re talking. We’ve always been talking, to be honest. We’ve always been in touch with each other. There might be a lawsuit in-between us, but we still talk to each other like nothing’s happened.”
All four original BLACK SABBATH members will reunite for a press conference on November 11 at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California — the same venue where the band made its Los Angeles debut on November 11, 1970 (41 years ago), opening for ALICE COOPER — at exactly 11:11 a.m. They are widely expected to announce that they have begun writing material for a new album in addition to preparing to play their first live shows since the summer of 2005.