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Black Sabbath reunion rumor debunked by Tony Iommi

August 16, 2011 |  3:31 pm

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has refuted a report in a British newspaper that the heavy metal group’s original lineup will reunite for a new album and tour next year.  The Birmingham Mail quoted Iommi as saying a reunion was in the works.

“I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion,” Iommi said in a post today on his official website. “At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, ‘Are you getting back together?’

“Thanks to the Internet, it's gone round the world as some sort of ‘official’ statement on my part, absolute nonsense.  I hope he's enjoyed his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense.  To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer [Butler] and Bill [Ward], sorry about this, I should have known better.”

A spokeswoman for singer Ozzy Osbourne told The Times on Tuesday that “we have no information to report” on the story.

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Photo of Black Sabbath members Geezer Butler, left, and Ozzy Osbourne during the group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Credit: Jeff Christensen / Associated Press.

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