Geezer Butler has released the following statement regarding a Black Sabbath reunion via his official web site:
“I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumors, that there will be definitely NO reunion of all four original members of BLACK SABBATH, whether to record an album or to tour.”
In an interview on January 27th with the Los Angeles-based ‘Mark And Brian Show’, Ozzy Osbourne said, “I often get asked this question: ‘Will there ever be a [new BLACK SABBATH studio] album?’ One thing I can say for definite [is] we are all talking, we are all friends. But it’s been 30 years since we did a studio album — if it’s not something extra, extra special, the people are gonna go, ‘We waited 30 years [for this…]’ But before my life’s over, I would love… my dream is to do the ultimate BLACK SABBATH album; I would love to do that.”
Geezer previously said in an interview with AOL’s Noisecreep that all four original Sabbath members are interested in a reunion but that Ozzy Osbourne’s current world solo tour will keep Sabbath on ice for the foreseeable future.
He explained, “It’s not going to happen [in 2011]. Ozzy’s on tour with his own band for the next year or whatever… I’m sure Ozzy will say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ every week for the next year while he’s on tour. It’s one thing to want to do something like that just before you go out to tour a record. You say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna tour for the next five years.’ And then six weeks into it, you can’t wait to get home. So we’ll just see how he feels when he finishes his Ozzy Osbourne tour.”
In an interview with Sunday Mercury last year, Tony Iommi didn’t rule out another reunion with Ozzy.
“I spoke to Ozzy while I was in Los Angeles after Ronnie’s funeral… Ozzy and I have a complicated relationship but we’ve always kept in touch, no matter what else might have been going on. Would I play with Ozzy again? Who knows? It’s weird with me and Ozzy.
“There can be all sorts of shit going on but when we talk, it’s like nothing bad has ever happened.”