You've had a bad summer, British news media. While it's not on par with the wiretapping scandal, metal fans are reeling (or for some, breathing a sigh of relief) with news that Black Sabbath will not be reuniting for an album and tour. Yet, at least. Legendary guitarist Tony Iommi is slamming a report in the U.K.'s Birmingham Mail that circulated widely yesterday quoting him as saying the original band is "really looking forward" to a new album.
"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," Iommi says in a new statement. "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?'"
Iommi laments that "thanks to the Internet" his chatter back in June was taken as an official statement. "Absolute nonsense," he said. "To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better."
The metal guitarist also takes the journalist, Andy Coleman, to task. "I hope he's enjoyed his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense," he said. The original article, dated Aug. 16, remains unchanged.
Though the original members -- guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and, of course, Ozzy Osbourne on vocals -- reformed at Ozzfest '97 and played together through 2006, they haven't recorded together since 1979.