Entries in Black Sabbath (3)


Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Diagnosed with Lymphoma

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Following November's announcement that Black Sabbath would be reuniting with Ozzy Osbourne for a new album and tour, there's now some bad news from the band's camp:  Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, and the band is asking fans to send "positive vibes" the guitarist's way.

According to a statement from the band's representatives, Iommi, 63, is, "currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan," and is, "determined to make a full and successful recovery."

The news apparently isn't putting a damper on the reunion plans. The current members of Black Sabbath, which include Ozzy, Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, are still writing and recording their first album together in 33 years, and a fall release date is still the target.  However, the band will move the sessions to the U.K. so they can continue to work with Iommi as he receives treatment.

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Ozzy Osbourne Talks Possible Black Sabbath Reunion

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival(LOS ANGELES) -- So is that Black Sabbath reunion ever going to happen?  Even though Geezer Butler is on record saying it won't, Ozzy Osbourne has a different opinion.

He tells, "I'm sure eventually somebody will pop the question in a serious manner...I'm here if they want to call me."

However, the Prince of Darkness seems to want Sabbath to reunite in the studio first before the road.

"I'd love to do another great Black Sabbath album to say, 'Here we are. We can still do what we started out to do,'" says Ozzy. Still, the Ozzman says that he's "having such a good time" in his current band that he doesn't want to leave it "and have an unhappy time" in Sabbath.

Speaking of Ozzy's band, he says that they provide him "the most fun" he's had in a while.  He adds, "We all have a good time together on stage. I'm yet to record a whole album with them, but there will be an album. I'm sure there will be."

Ozzy's first two solo albums, 1980's Blizzard of Ozz and 1981's Diary of a Madman, will be re-issued Tuesday as special expanded editions.  There's also a box set containing both albums, a DVD documentary of the making of both albums, a poster, a book and a replica of Ozzy's gold cross.

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Ozzy Osbourne Says Black Sabbath Reunion 'In the Talking Process'

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Ozzy Osbourne tells ABC News Radio that he, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward "are in the talking process" regarding a Black Sabbath reunion and even a new album. Osbourne stressed, however, that nothing is definite, in part because of the pressure the four of them will face if they make a new record.

“The problem that we have is that if we do an album and it's anything less than where we left off, it's gonna be a big anticlimax," Obsourne said.

Osbourne is currently touring North America until Feb. 22, with a final show in Jacksonville, Florida.

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