Brad Sanders of The Quietus website asked Tony Iommi last week whether there is still any talk of a reunion of the original Black Sabbath line-up.
The short interview was conducted at the launch of a new art gallery and exhibition celebrating the history and continued importance of Heavy Metal in the Midlands.
"You'll have to wait and see," said Tony. "We've been doing all different stuff. I just talked to Ozzy this morning — we talk about three times a week.
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"He's doing his tour and I've been doing stuff with Ian Gillan, I've done a few tracks with him, and I've been doing my autobiography. So, when the time is right. If we're still alive."
Ozzy recently told The Pulse Of Radio that he isn't holding his breath over a Sabbath reunion. "Well, you know, there's rumblings about it. I'm sure eventually somebody will pop the question, and in a serious manner. I'm having such a good time with my band now, I don't want to go back and have an unhappy time, you know. I don't, I'm not in it for the money entirely. I would like to have some fun with it, you know."
Ozzy was asked by QMI Agency in a recent interview why the four members of Sabbath can't seem to agree on playing together again. Ozzy replied, "I haven't got a clue. If they want to call me, they can call me. I never say never. If it works, fine. If it don't, I'll move on. It ain't the end of the world. I ain't gonna get a box of Kleenex and cry my eyes out for the rest of my life.
I would love to do a great album with Sabbath. I would love to get the credit we so roundly deserve. At the same time, the pressure would be really intense. I could go tomorrow and make an album with them, but it wouldn't necessarily be something I would be proud of."
The original Black Sabbath line-up did try to record a new album twelve years ago, their first since 1978, but abandoned the attempt after just a couple of songs.
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