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Toni Iommi: I Was “Merely Speculating” About Black Sabbath Reunion

Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne
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Following the euphoria of the news that the original Black Sabbath lineup had reunited, Tony Iommi issued a buzz-kill of a statement saying he was ‘merely speculating’ when he talked about the topic with a reporter.

The guitarist says he was “shooting the breeze” in June with a reporter from the Birmingham Mail, which broke the story about the Sabbath reunion yesterday. However, nowhere in his statement does Iommi deny that the reunion is taking place. He seems to be more upset that the word got out.

We’ll let you judge for yourself. Check out the full statement that Tony Iommi posted on his official website:

Black Sabbath Reunion

I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.

At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, “Are you getting back together?”

Thanks to the internet it’s gone round the world as some sort of “official” statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense.

To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.

All the best, Tony

Despite Iommi’s statement, his quotes to the Birmingham Mail about working with Osbourne and the new songs being a return “back to the old original stuff” make it seem like the reunion is still likely happening.

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