Fortunately for dedicated heavy metal fans, an original Black Sabbath reunion is still possible according to recent statements by lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, who recently revealed that he would prefer to have founding drummer Bill Ward back in the band for what is being called their final studio album and tour, due sometime in 2015.
With the assistance of country musician Zac Brown, the Foo Fighters initiated their weeklong television residency on the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ last night with a formidable rendition of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” The performance showed both Brown and guitarist/vocalist Dave Grohl alternating on lead vocal duties, as the remainder of the Foo Fighters introduced alternative drum fills and arpeggios into the heavy metal classic.
“Look through the people, and on to the mist, to the hill of the Headless Cross,” Tony Martin notably penned amongst the lyrics to the title track from Black Sabbath’s 1990 studio album ‘Headless Cross.’ Perhaps the most heavily ignored vocalist to have stood at the helm of these heavy metal icons, Martin ironically served the second longest term as Black Sabbath’s lead vocalist over the course of five studio albums, and is now preparing to return with new music.
As Tony Iommi previously hinted, it appears as though the Black Sabbath flag will indeed fly once again, albeit for one last run around the world according to Ozzy Osbourne. The frontman has revealed that the band has plans to reenter the recording studio in early 2015 to begin work on their twentieth studio album, which will be followed by a final world tour in support of the effort.
Whether or not the members of Black Sabbath would remain active as a collective has been questioned by the band’s fan base, which was only further exaggerated by contradicting statements from the group. Ozzy Osbourne appeared to be the most excited about the potential of another Black Sabbath studio album, whereas Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi were unclear about the possibility of recording a follow-up to 2013’s ’13,’ while also noting the chemistry and potential was evident between them.
The one seemingly impossible notion which dedicated fans continue to cling onto is to have their favorite musicians deliver a monumental return-to-form worthy of their expansive legacy. The rock and metal community has had it’s fair share throughout the past decade, during which we have seen several heavyweight artists arise from the ashes and remind everyone of why they were important in the first place.
The possibility of Bill Ward one day rejoining Black Sabbath for an extended period is not completely out of the question, at least according to Tony Iommi. In a recent interview with Canadian web publication The Coast, the renowned guitarist addressed the unclear reason as to why Ward backed out of rejoining the lineup back in November 2011.
Throughout the course of rock history there have been countless splits, memorable exitings, cringe-worthy breakups and long lasting feuds. When the members of notable groups such as Boston, Queen and Van Halen stepped away from their founding positions within their respective bands, it wasn’t uncommon for these same members to go on and form new projects of their own.
Studio albums featuring the original Black Sabbath lineup, which includes lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward, were recently made available digitally for the first time in the United States via iTunes. Fans now have the opportunity to purchase the group’s first eight studio albums, two classic compilations, or the entire classic catalog in one bundle, appropriately titled ‘The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978.’
In between writing new material for Black Sabbath’s critically acclaimed comeback album ’13’ and a rigorous touring schedule which has sent the renowned heavy metal group across the world, Tony Iommi has been receiving regular injections of antibodies every six weeks as medical treatment for lymphoma.