Friday, November 4, 2011

Black Sabbath to hold press conference 11/11/11

Today, the official Black Sabbath website simply has a picture of the band logo from 1971's Master of Reality and the date 11/11/11. According to Rolling, the band are scheduling a press conference in California at the Whiskey a Go Go to make a special announcement. The conference will be held on November 11 at 11:11 am and will be hosted by musician/music critic Henry Rollins. One would suspect that the announcement will a reunion tour with the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward. However, band members have continuously been denying rumors of a reunion tour. In February of this year, Butler announced that there have been no plans made for a reunion tour. In August, a reporter took out of context quotes from a recent interview with Iommi saying that Black Sabbath would reunite. Iommi quickly replied saying he said nothing about a reunion but didn't deny the idea either. Osbourne has been giving different stories for almost a year. The original line-up last played in 2005. In 2006, Iommi and Butler got back together with Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice to form a spin off band, Heaven & Hell. Heaven & Hell toured frequently and released an album in 2009, The Devil You Know. The band split soon after Ronnie James Dio's death to stomach cancer in May 2010. Since Dio's passing, rumors of a reunion of the original line-up have been on going. There have also been rumors of a new studio album. The original line-up's last studio album was 1978's Never Say Die.

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