Iommi Talks Sabbath
Band to enter London studio with Rick Rubin this fall
(May 10, 2001)
The four original members of Black Sabbath -- Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill
Ward and Geezer Butler -- have begun work on a new album, their first since
1978's Never Say Die.
"We're having great fun," says Iommi. "Even in rehearsals, it's like we're kids
again." After headlining this summer's Ozzfest Tour, the band will reconvene in
London to continue writing songs. In November, they will begin recording with
producer Rick Rubin. They plan to release the album next spring.
The Sabbath reunion came about after Osbourne realized that he had erred in his
decision to call the band's 1999 Ozzfest shows their last. "Ozzy felt like the
band had run its course, so he ended it," says the singer's wife and manager,
Sharon Osbourne. "Then he was miserable for a good eight months. He woke up one
day and said, 'I fucked it! Why did I do it?' So he called them and said, 'Do
you want to get back together?'"
The band has at least five new songs in the works; one, called "Scary Dream,"
Sharon describes as "haunting . . . One of the best songs they've ever written."
Iommi agrees that the songs are a return to form. "It's gone right back to the
beginning," he says. "Into that format with a lot of tempo changes, and it
sounds much the same as it did in the early days, hopefully only better."
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