After many months and years of speculation, it appears that the long-awaited Black Sabbath reunion with the original lineup (consisting of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward) is finally coming to fruition.
The band’s official website, which is almost blank, displays the logo from the cover of Master of Reality and the text “11.11.11”, as a reference to next Friday, November 11, 2011. On the same day, the original lineup of Black Sabbath will all be in attendance at the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, California for a special announcement ceremony to be hosted by former Black Flag singer Henry Rollins. The ceremony is to start at exactly 11:11 a.m. Despite this, there’s no indication whether this will lead to an official reunion. Stay tuned for updates, as official details surface.
Black Sabbath last performed together in 2005. For a while, the band had changed their name to Heaven & Hell, a four piece featuring Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi as well as one time Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.
Other than two new studio tracks on their 1998 live album Reunion and three never-before songs on their 2007 compilation The Dio Years, Sabbath haven’t released a full-length studio album since 1995’s Forbidden.