While speaking to Billboard.com about his upcoming second book, Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy, Ozzy Osbourne touched on the rumors that he recently spent time in England working on material for a new Black Sabbath album with other members of the band’s original lineup. Asked if a reunion was a possibility, Ozzy replied, “Yes, it’s a very, very strong possibility. It’s in the very early stages, so we haven’t recorded anything yet. If it works out, it’ll work out. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep doing my thing.”
Rumors and speculation of a Black Sabbath reunion (with the original lineup) have been persistent; they last toured 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.