TONY, OZZY, GEEZER, & BILL TO RECORD A NEW STUDIO BLACK SABBATH ALBUM!

This is the news that I think just about every Black Sabbath fan has been waiting for for a long long time. There was a Kerrang article that came out today that talked about Sabbath being in a recording studio working on material. Well, I spoke with Sharon’s office today, and I can officially confirm..

BLACK SABBATH WILL BE RECORDING A NEW ALBUM IN 2002!

The lineup will by Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, & Bill Ward (along with Geoff Nicholls, as far as I know). Anyway, the guys are currently in a studio in the UK writing and rehearsing new material along with producer Rick Rubin, although the bulk of the album will be recorded in Los Angeles, from what I can tell.

The idea is to work on the new material a little longer, then go out and do the Ozzfest 2001 dates, and after that’s done, go back into the studio in early September to record and finish the thing. The idea is to have it out and available for this coming Christmas. I repeat, THAT IS THE PLAN – you never know how these things change.

(UPDATE: It changed. Ozzy’s solo album got in the way – Sabbath should start recording in early 2002).

Also, how this will impact the three studio albums currently under way (and near completion too, from what I can tell) by Ozzy, Bill, & Geezer, I don’t know.

Here’s some text I was sent that will be appearing on the Ozzfest site shortly..

SABBATH MIXING AND TOSSING NEW RAT SALAD
The black cat is out of the bag: Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward – have not only been rehearsing on an English soundstage, they’ve been collaborating, riffing, and brainstorming new songs, too. The Prince of Darkness, Tony Iommi, has been stockpiling riff after mighty riff since putting the finishing touches on his solo album last year, bringing with him a heavy hand of doom to the rehearsals and inviting Ozzy’s mirthless melody lines and Geezer’s gloomy wordplay to the writing table. With recording sessions planned for the Fall and Rick Rubin slated to produce this may well be the story of the year! The original Black Sabbath has not recorded a full album of new material since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die’. All hail Black Sabbath!

This is all the news I have on this situation for now – once I get more information on this, believe me, I’ll be sure and pass it on. :)

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