But Ozzy warns work is in early stages as Wylde says he’ll be ready if old boss wants him back
Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed a Black Sabbath reunion is in the early stages of development, and he’s hopeful it can be achieved.
Speculation exploded in August after a newspaper reported Tony Iommi saying the band were working on a new album, but the guitarist shot down the story, saying his comments had been taken out of context.
But he didn’t deny work was underway – and now singer Osbourne has confirmed the fact.
He tells Billboard: “Yes, it’s a very, very strong possibility.
“It’s in the very early stages, so we haven’t recorded anything yet. If it works out it’ll work out. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep doing my thing.”
Meanwhile, Osbourne’s former guitarist Zakk Wylde says he’d be happy to work with his ex boss whenever he was wanted.
Wylde was replaced by Gus G in 2009 amid some confusion, because no one told him he was out of the band. But when the dust settled the Black Label Society mainman felt he had nothing to complain about.
He tells NewsOK: “It was just like with Oz, ‘Zakk, I don’t want to be the lead singer in Black Label, you know what I mean?’
“If Randy Rhoads was still around, and if Randy was leaving Oz going to Quiet Riot and coming back to Oz, Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Quiet Riot, after a while you go, ‘Uh, Randy, it’s starting to sound like Quiet Riot. I don’t want to be in Quiet Riot – I want to have my own thing.’ You can’t blame Ozzy for that at all.
“He knows I’m at his disposal whenever he needs me. And Gus G, aside from being a killer guitar player, he’s a super cool dude.
“What more could Ozzy do for me? He introduced me to the world… how could I now be eternally grateful?”