A couple weeks ago, we passed along some promising news about the rumored reunion of the original Black Sabbath lineup – that would be frontman Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – when Iommi revealed that the group had recently participated in an impromptu jam session. Finally, all that on-again/off-again talk might actually be set straight: the band has posted the date "11.11.11" along with their original logo on the splash page of their official site, and word on the street is that date (this Friday) corresponds to a major announcement from the band. Hit the jump for more on this mystery...
The announcement from the original lineup will reportedly be made at precisely 11:11 AM on 11/11/11, during a private function at the famous LA club Whisky A Go Go – where, oddly enough, Sabbath once opened for Alice Cooper on November 11th, 1970. Punk rock icon, talk show host and horror actor Henry Rollins will be officiating at the ceremony. That much is known, but other than the logo and date on their official site, no other details have been revealed.
Last month in UK music mag Terrorizer, Iommi revealed that the band had teamed up to rehearse some of the old Sabbath hits, but wasn't ready to confirm or deny rumors that the band would finally get together onstage, or record any new material. "To be together again was great," he said. "We're all on good terms and we're at a stage where we can play together again. It would be good if we could and I suppose it's the closest it's been to be able to do that."
Hopefully we'll know for certain this Friday... stay tuned!