I don’t know what to make of that. I guess it’s good news for two reasons. First of all, hey, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne are reunited to play a concert in their hometown. That in and of itself is pretty cool. Second, this news must be indicative of Tony making good progress in his battle against cancer. I haven’t seen any specific update on his situation since a couple of months, but since the management is going ahead with their plans for the Download Festival, I must assume Tony feels fit enough to perform on stage. That, of course, is the most important thing and as I have mentioned before, I’m not just saying this – I can relate to what his going through since I too had to deal with cancer in 2009.
But here is the other side to the story. Obviously, there is no mention of Bill Ward joining his friends an former bandmates. As you probably know, there still seems to be some sort of legal dispute over a what Bill Ward calls an “unsignable contract”. Fans speculate that Sharon Osbourne is responsible but she vehemently denies any involvement. Who knows what’s true or not. As I said before, I feel indifferent about these announcements suggesting that the original Black Sabbath is reunited to play live performances and producing their ninth studio album which is also their first one in over 30 years (number eight was “Never Say Die” which was released in 1978).
I just hope that they can straighten everything out in time so Bill will join the band for their live gigs and “drum in” on the studio tracks. To me, it’s not the same without Bill Ward. I want the four of them together if this is being advertised as the original Black Sabbath. However, I think we are running out of time here, sadly.
In addition to that, it is said that the band will headline the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago this summer.