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As expected, Black Sabbath's 11/11/11 press conference was to announce a reunion of the Metal icons, with a new album and a tour slated for 2012. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made the announcement together at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, where the band made their L.A. debut exactly 41 years ago today. The press conference was hosted by Henry Rollins.
The new record, produced by Rick Rubin, will be Sabbath's first studio release with Ozzy on vocals since 1978. The as-yet-untitled album is slated for a Fall 2012 release on Vertigo/Universal Republic. Ozzy reunited with Sabbath in 1997 and the band had toured intermittently since, but only released two new songs in 1998 on a live album. The band has not played live together since 2006, the same year they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Black Sabbath will head out on a worldwide arena tour, as well as play a headlining slot at the 2012 Download Music Festival in the UK on June 10.