This morning my inbox exploded with people telling me about a story going around that Black Sabbath is going to start recording a new album in 2015. Lets look at that, eh?
So basically, there’s several stories floating around this morning, that all appear to be connected back to this story at Classick Rock. It includes a few new quotes from Ozzy (and nobody else – yes, there’s a quote from Tony, but it is an old one) talking about how Sabbath is going to record a new album in 2015, etc, etc. I’ll let you read through to the link for the quotes in question.
I have one major talking point about about all of this. If there was to be a new Black Sabbath album recorded, the first proper news to the world wouldn’t come in a news story on another site. The band would market it themselves for maximum exposure. There would be stories on everyone’s individual websites (Ozzy, Geezer, Tony), not to mention the official Black Sabbath site themselves. There’s nothing on any of them (and full disclosure, I run one of them – Geezer’s). There’s nothing on any of them about this.
Long time readers of my site will know that I’ve always pushed the concept of “wait till confirmed”. Which means that it has been formally announced by the band. So far, it has NOT. A lot – and I mean A LOT – has been said in interviews and whatnot over time about the subject of a new album. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, and assume future events will be dictated by a news story on music news sites. Heck, the band had Bill Ward up on stage on 11-11-11, and you know how that worked out.
Now, when I first got this story this morning, I went and contacted a couple of my sources and tried to work out whether this is real or not. I have no info as of yet saying this is real. Until the band confirms this (to me or on their own sites) one way or the other, I HAVE TO FILE THIS AS RUMOUR AND PERSONAL WISHES, NOT HARD FACT.
Can this still happen? Of course it can, but remember, without any official announcement from the band itself, I cannot accept this as a “OMG – this is happening” story. I’ve been running this site for 19 years now, and if time has taught me anything, its that you shouldn’t trust every thing you read online about Black Sabbath unless it comes from the horse’s mouth. And so far, this hasn’t. Now I know I’m gonna get hate mail saying “But Ozzy says”, or “You’re a fucking moron, it says this is happening”. Remember, there’s been NUMEROUS interviews with Ozzy since 13 started talking about whether there would be another album. This one is different ONLY because it’s come after the 13 tour is over, but is not really that different than any of the other interviews with Ozzy I’ve read where he wishes there might be another album.
We shall see.
P.S. What’s Tony Martin up to? ;)
UPDATE: Since some seem to think I’m saying that nothing will happen, I feel the need to clarify. Can this still happen? Of course. Will it happen? Probably. BUT THIS IS NOT THE BIG NEWS REVEAL – which is the entire point I am trying to make. Nothing deeper. NOTHING IS ANNOUNCED FOLKS. If it was, you’d be seeing it on all their sites, and their Facebook pages, etc…