Exclusive: Black Sabbath Announce Tour, New Album With Original Line Up – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, And Bill Ward

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They’re back!

Finally, Ozzy has made it through the last level of Hell and come out on the other side. We were just as shocked as you to find the final level was “reality TV,” but you can’t argue with Dante, right?

Today the original four members of the band - Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward – announced [lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Black Sabbath[/lastfm] was coming together for a 2012 reunion, including a headlining gig at the Download Festival in June.

But that wasn’t all; The new album will be produced by Rick Rubin, co-president of Columbia records, and a man who helped produce albums by SlipknotSlayerRed Hot Chili Peppers, DanzigMetallicaAC/DCAerosmithWeezerLinkin ParkThe CultNeil DiamondMick JaggerSystem of a DownRage Against the MachineAudioslaveThe Avett Brothers and even Adele.

The air was ripe with excitement as host Henry Rollins greeted the eager crowd at the Whiskey a Go-G0 on November 11th, 2011 (11/11/11) at 11:11am. He began the event with a heartfelt speech about the emotional attachment America has sunk in its Heavy Metal roots.

“I was a very alienated young person,” Rollins said, “and when I heard Black Sabbath I realized my life had a soundtrack. I realized there were people out there using music to make great statements. When I heard ‘Iron Man,’ high school became powerless over me. This is true outsider music.”

With that, he brought out Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, And Bill Ward, along with a fifth – Rick Rubin, producer extraordinaire.

And just like that, Black Sabbath announced they will reunite, cut a new album, and begin a world tour in 2012.

[pullquote quote="When I heard Black Sabbath, I realized my life had a soundtrack." credit="Henry Rollins"]

When asked why now, nearly 33 years after their last album, Ozzy calmly replied, “It’s just time.”

Iommi chimed in, agreeing with his band mates. “It’s now or never,” he said. “We get along great. Everything’s really good.”

The band has already begun rehearsing their new material. “It’s really back to the old Sabbath style and sound,” said Butler. While the new album and tour are not expected until next fall, it’s nice to know there’s a little more C# tuning, blues-like guitar solos and dark, minor-key riffing with a high-gain, heavily distorted tone back in the world.

[Source: Rolling StoneTony Iommi]

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