After many false starts and so much speculation, Black Sabbath have finally decided to reunite for a new album and tour next year. The reunion lineup will be the original, which features Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums.
The reunion was officially announced this morning during a special announcement ceremony at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California, where they made its Los Angeles debut exactly 41 years ago today (November 11, 1970), opening for Alice Cooper. All four original members of the group attended the event, which was hosted by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins.
Black Sabbath will begin recording a brand new album in January 2012 with producer Rick Rubin for a fall release via Vertigo/Universal Republic in the U.S. and Vertigo in all other territories. This will be the first album as Black Sabbath in 17 years (since 1995’s Forbidden) and the first in 34 years with the original line-up, since 1978’s Never Say Die. In addition, the band will do a full-scale tour, which includes an appearance at the U.K.’s Download festival on June 10, 2012. More shows are currently to be determined.