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Is Black Sabbath Reuniting? The Original Four Members To Issue A Special Announcement This Week

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Mark your calendars: November 11th at 11:11 AM. By the time 11/11/11@11:11 has its anniversary twelve hours later, the world will hopefully be a better, much louder place. What’s the big deal, you ask? Just the possibility that the original lineup of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Black Sabbath[/lastfm] will announce their reunion, a new album, and maybe even a tour.

We’re talking about Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, coming back for another go! At least that’s the hope when the four hold a press conference at the Whiskey a Go-Go.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Speculations about a reunion have been percolating for months, yet all have been vehemently denied by bassist Geezer (“There will definitely be NO reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath,” leaves little room for misinterpretation), and somewhat refuted by Iommi (take a look at his non-denial denial here). Sounds like no dice, right?

Wrong. Earlier this month, when Rolling Stone asked about the possibility of a reunion, Iommi replied by saying, “There is no status at the moment. That’s something that can always happen. We just get on with it and see what happens.”

The time and place of the press conference adds hope as well. A press release states the event (hosted by Henry Rollins, by the way) will be a “special announcement at the same location where the influential band made their Los Angeles debut on November 11, 41 years ago.”

Other outlets, in the meantime, seem optimistic about the return of Black Sabbath, with VH1 Classic already declaring November 11th as “National Metal Day” and celebrating by playing twenty four hours of metal.

The original lineup reunited in 1997 and toured sporadically before calling it quits in 2005. In that time, however, they didn’t record any new music. In fact the original four’s last album, Never Say Die!, was released way back in 1978 and was probably available on 8-track. So the possibility of new material should be exiting to any Sabbath fan.

We’ll keep you posted of any further developments about the return of one of the pillars of Heavy Metal.

Source: Rolling Stone.com

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