Speculation is mounting Black Sabbath will officially announce the reformation of the band’s original line-up on Friday, November 11.
The cryptic message ‘Black Sabbath 11.11.11’ was posted on the band’s official website, followed by a press release saying there will be a “special announcement’’ made at Los Angeles’ Whiskey a Go-Go club on November 11th at 11:11 am.
Black Sabbath made their Los Angeles debut at the club on November 11, 41 years ago.
Singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward are expected to be at Friday’s event which will be hosted by the former frontman of punk band Black Flag, Henry Rollins.
In August the Birmingham Post's sister paper the Birmingham Mail confirmed rumours that Black Sabbath were planning to reform, revealing that Ozzy Osbourne had been writing new material with Tony Iommi.
Black Sabbath formed in Aston in 1968 and are considered one of the pioneers of heavy metal music. Their legacy was celebrated at a major exhibition in Birmingham over the summer, Home Of Metal.
Original frontman Ozzy Osbourne was sacked from the band in 1979 because of his drug and alcohol addiction. He was replaced by the late Ronnie James Dio.
Subsequent singers have included Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin.
The original line-up reunited in 1997 to headline the Ozzfest festival and released the live album, Reunion, recorded at Birmingham NEC in 1998. The project came to an end when Ozzy resumed his solo career.
From 2006 until his death in 2010 Ronnie James Dio toured with Iommi and Butler under the band name Heaven & Hell.