It’s been a long time coming for Black Sabbath fans who have longed to hear that the Birmingham natives are putting aside their egos and past differences for a successful reunion. According to Ozzy, this reunion is all about the fans.
“It’s been more than 30 years since I really seriously worked with the guys,” Ozzy told the New Zealand Herald. Adding, “I just hope the people who have waited all these years aren’t disappointed.”
The Sabbath members are clicking on a personal level better than they ever have, which certainly helps them in the studio. Since announcing their reunion late last year, they’ve managed to create 15 original songs, even while their guitarist battled lymphoma and their drummer called it quits.
So what does Ozzy attribute this renewed sense of commitment to?
“We’re all clean, and all in control of ourselves, we’re not intimidated by each other, there are no arguments, and it’s the way it should be. But when we were kids we had egos. When you’re 21 and you get some success it takes a while to get your head around.”
Sabbath announced earlier this month plans to release a new album in Spring 2013, followed by a tour. So far only overseas dates have been announced, including 4 shows in Australia and a headlining gig at Japan’s OzzFest on May 12, 2013. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any local venue announcements.
Tommy Clufetos, the drummer in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, is expected to play on the album and tour. This will be the first Black Sabbath studio album since 1995′s Forbidden and their first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978′s Never Say Die!
Andrew Celani — WZLX.com
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