I heard a few interesting rumors in the last few days or so, and wanted to pass them on.
What I’ve read tells me that there’s going to be a big cool tour in the fall, that being Heaven & Hell will be touring with Judas Priest & Motorhead. When I read about this, I immediately checked with band management, and as usual, they didn’t have anything to say about rumors, but if this is true.. Oh man.. I saw Sabbath with Motorhead several times in the mid 90’s when Tony Martin was the frontman. I saw Priest a few times in the 80’s, and again on Ozzfest 2004. If this comes off, it’s going to be one heck of a tour! Where they’ll play I haven’t heard anything about, but these things tend to come off in the US a lot.
I also heard rumors of some live dates during the summer, but I don’t know if it’s the same rumor as the Motorhead/Priest one, a different one, or just BS.
But it appears something is going on, and I have to imagine they’re into writing the new album by now. I haven’t had much to say lately, but this might be why.
Now I just need to get through my pile of emails and get caught up before more live dates get announced.
UPDATE: I found this text over at Ronnie James Dio’s site, which has some detail on the writing, which is underway. Nice to see that.

If you’ve been wondering what Ronnie is up to, wonder, no longer: After taking some well-deserved time off after last year’s monster Heaven and Hell world tour, Ronnie will be heading off to the UK in March to begin writing the new Heaven and Hell record with the guys. Tony Iommi will then travel to LA to reunite with Ronnie, Geezer and Vinny to continue working on the record during April and May.
Then, Ronnie will take a break during the summer to play a few special up close and personal dates for the Dio fans.

UPDATE: Rob Halford of Judas Priest all but confirms this on this story I just read.