11/11/11 was a momentous date for many different reasons, but for fans of immortal rockers Black Sabbath, it was a day that will go down in history. As we mentioned last week, the band finally laid to rest all the on-again-off-again rumors about a reunion of the band's original lineup, when they held a private ceremony at the historic LA club Whisky A Go Go last Friday and made it official: founding members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward will not only be recording a new album together, but they're also planning a major world tour to promote it. Lots of details lurk below, so read on!
The band chose the Whisky to make their formal announcement because it was the exact site where the band first played in LA, on November 11, 1970 – opening for another rock legend in the making, Alice Cooper. The event was hosted by punk icon, talk show host and actor Henry Rollins (Feast), who famously said that "Any band worth their weight in napalm wishes they had written [the Sabbath single] 'War Pigs.'"
It's been 33 years since the original Sabbath recorded an album together (Never Say Die! in 1978), and for this project they'll be working with multiple Grammy-winning producer Rick Rubin, under their original label Vertigo/Universal Republic. The release date is not firmed up yet, but they are aiming for sometime in fall of 2012. It's also been announced that the reunited Sabbath will be one of the lead acts at UK's colossal Download Festival next summer (June 10th to be exact), and later in 2012 they will embark on their own headlining world tour to promote and play their new material.
To mark this new phase in the band's history, the new official site BlackSabbath.com has been launched, along with their first-ever social media presence (Facebook & Twitter right now, possibly more to come). The site includes the 11/11/11 video announcement, which you can also see below...