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Black Sabbath reunion rumor debunked by Tony Iommi

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has refuted a report in a British newspaper that the heavy metal group’s original lineup will reunite for a new album and tour next year. The Birmingham Mail quoted Iommi as saying a reunion was in the works.

“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 said in a post today on his official website. “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?’

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“Thanks to the Internet, it’s gone round the world as some sort of ‘official’ statement on my part, absolute nonsense. I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense. To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer [Butler] and Bill [Ward], sorry about this, I should have known better.”

A spokeswoman for singer Ozzy Osbourne told The Times on Tuesday that “we have no information to report” on the story.

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