OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI, GEEZER BUTLER AND BILL WARD UNVEILED THEIR PLANS ON 11/11/11 AT A LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO, WHERE THE BAND PERFORMED THEIR FIRST LOS ANGELES DATE EXACTLY 41 YEARS AGO.
After much speculation, the original four members of BLACK SABBATH, OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals),TONY IOMMI (guitar), GEEZER BUTLER (bass) and BILL WARD (drums)–have reunited to record their first studio album in 33 years with producer Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year) and to embark on an extensive world tour in 2012.
OSBOURNE, IOMMI, BUTLER and WARD as well as Rubin gathered last week on (11/11/11) to announce the news at a Los Angeles press conference at the legendary club, the Whisky A Go-Go, the site of the groundbreaking and influential band’s first L.A. concert exactly 41 years ago (Nov 11, 1970). The event was hosted by the revered musical and spoken word artist Henry Rollins who has said that “Any band worth their weight in napalm wishes they had written ‘War Pigs.’”
Selling over 70 million albums together, the Grammy-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have signed a new record deal; worldwide with Vertigo and Vertigo/ Universal Republic in the U.S.,the band’s original label. BLACK SABBATH is now in the studio recording the as-yet-untitled new album for release in the fall of 2012 (exact date TBA). It will mark their ninth studio album together and their first since 1978’s Never Say Die!
Next summer, BLACK SABBATH will do a worldwide headlining tour and yes, it’s official! BLACK SABBATH have been confirmed as headliners for the 17th edition of Graspop Metal Meeting and will close the festival on Friday 22 June.
BLACK SABBATH also announced the launch of www.blacksabbath.com, the first-ever official BLACK SABBATH website for all authorized BLACK SABBATH news. Expect to see more coming from the band by way of Facebook and Twitter.
BLACK SABBATH released their self-titled debut album in 1970. “Black Sabbath is credited with creating heavy metal,” according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “The success of their first two albums–Black Sabbath and Paranoid–marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Not until Black Sabbath upended the music scene did the term ‘heavy metal’ enter the popular vocabulary to describe the denser, more thunderous offshoot of rock over which they presided.”
In 1998, BLACK SABBATH released Reunion from their 1997 concerts in Birmingham, England, a two-CD live set. The band periodically got together to perform shows from 1999 – 2005; headlining Ozzfest in 1999, 2001, 2004, & 2005. They’ve now enthusiastically reformed to record and release a long awaited; long overdue full length album.
Graspop Metal Meeting is very proud to secure one of the true giants in metal history. What can we say about Black Sabbath that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? Widely regarded as the founding fathers of the genre, Black Sabbath and heavy metal are still going strong after more than forty years. Black Sabbath will appear in the original lineup that churned out metal milestone after milestone between 1969 and 1979: Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums) have not only announced their long-awaited reunion but a new studio album is also in the works. Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year) has been hired as the producer for the new release, which will feature the foursome’s first new material since 1978.
Black Sabbath played a blistering set at GMM1998 and now they’re back for more. Prepare to delve into forty years of metal history with the absolute masters of the genre!