Black Sabbath reform, Download or Sonisphere anyone?

Ozzy Osbourne at Ozzfest UK 2010 by Anna Hyams
Ozzy Osbourne at Ozzfest UK 2010 by Anna Hyams

Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath have reformed, kicking off speculation over 2012 festival plans.

The band’s original line up – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – have already begun rehearsing for a tour and new album.

Osbourne and Iommi are believed to have written new material in June this year, with Iommi telling the Birmingham Mail: “We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good, it’s more back to the old original stuff.”

The legendary guitarist also revealed that singer Osbourne had been struggling to keep the reunion under wraps: “It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy’s been the worst at trying to hold it back. He’s doing a lot of TV and he’s being asked stuff about a reunion and he’s going ‘well I never say never.’ He told me, ‘I don’t know what to say’.”

With the cat now out of the bag, touring plans will surely mean some festival shows, with either Download Festival 2012 or Sonisphere 2012 the most likely UK destination.

Download’s recent tradition of booking one ‘classic rock’ headliner puts them in the frame, whilst the band must surely join Sonisphere’s wishlist for next year too.

In fact, the band were mentioned by Sonisphere organiser Stuart Galbraith at a press conference at this year’s festival when discussing Sonisphere 2012 line up targets.

Having said that Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers were “two in a long list we’re talking to,” and confirming that no-one was yet pencilled in, he stressed that “making the event as broad as we can” was the priority.

“We could have Green Day or Blink 182. We could equally have Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Metallica or Iron Maiden. But there’s no point us booking [for example] Metallica, Rammstein and Slayer, and equally no point booking Blink [182], Green Day and My Chemical Romance. We need a balance across the weekend.”

Keep your browser pointing to our Download 2012 rumours page and Sonisphere Festival 2012 rumours page for updates on acts that could be appearing.