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Black Sabbath, the Iron Men of Rock, to Reunite


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Not exactly "breaking" news... but since no on else has posted this...

This is a tour that could earn more than $150M!!

The four original members of Black Sabbath have announced they will reunite next year to release their first album of new songs in three decades and to embark on a world tour.

Appearing at the Whisky a Go Go club in Los Angeles, the band’s first lineup – the singer Ozzy Osbourne, the guitarist Tony Iommi, the bassist Terry “Geezer†Butler and the drummer Bill Ward – told reporters on Friday they were working on new material for an album to be released in the fall of 2012. They also said they would perform at the Download Festival in England in June to kick off an extensive tour. No dates were announced.

The four musicians are all in their 60s. They released their last studio album of all-original material in 1978 with “Never Say Die†(Warner Brothers). A year later Mr. Osbourne left the group in an acrimonious split to pursue a solo career; the band, with a replacement singer, Ronnie James Dio, never recovered its former popularity. Though the original four reunited for a tour in 1997, produced a live album, and did a few shows in the early 2000s, their efforts to write new material in recent years have proven fruitless.

“It’s just time,†Mr. Osbourne said. “This time, for some magical reason, we have written about seven or eight songs.â€

Mr. Iommi said: “It’s now or never. We are getting along great. Everything’s really good.â€

Formed in 1967 in a working-class neighborhood in Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath was one of the pioneers in the heavy-metal genre, helping to introduce the bone-crushing volume, gloom-and-doom lyrics, Satanic imagery and the growling, distorted guitar licks that every metal guitarist has copied since. Though many critics despised their music, the band sold 8 million albums in the 1970s and had hits like “Paranoid,†“Iron Man†and “War Pigs.†The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide.

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