Original lineup of Black Sabbath to tour promoting new album

Let’s end the week on a high note. At least for metalheads, that is!

Yes, it’s unbelievable but true — those Godfathers of sludge-thick ’60s/’70s rock themselves, the one and only Black Sabbath, have actually reunited after three decades apart. And we’re talking all original members here — prime banshee Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.

The Grammy-winning, Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers have also announced a tour of Europe’s biggest rock festivals next year, including Britain’s Download Festival, Hellfest in France, Italy’s Gods of Metal, and The Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium.

Best of all? Sabbath aren’t just recycling the old “Iron Man” nuggets in concert. They’re currently in the studio with master producer Rick Rubin, working on their first new album of original material in 33 years. It will be released world-wide on Vertigo next fall, distributed stateside via Universal Republic.

In the immortal words of Stan Lee, “Hey, ’Nuff said!” Track their comeback at www.blacksabbath.com.

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