Iommi confirms they’ve rehearsed together and would like to do more – but says reunion is “more involved than that”

Black Sabbath

One step at a time: Sabbath

Black Sabbath have rehearsed together with a view to reuniting, guitarist Tony Iommi has confirmed.

But while they’d love to get back to work, he says it’s not as simple as that – and they’re all concerned with the project backfiring.

Iommi was angered when news of the reunion surfaced in August following a conversion he had with a journalist two months previously. He didn’t deny he, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward had got together, but said he’d been “merely speculating.”

Now he tells Planet Rock: “There’s no definite decision on anything at the moment, but at least it’s going. We’re talking.

“We’ve met up, had a play and it was great. But we haven’t announced anything yet because nothing’s definite.

“We’re taking it steady because these things have a tendency to backfire: ‘Oh, you said you were getting back together, but you haven’t’.

“So I don’t know. We’ll have to see. It would be nice to think we could, and I think we could all like to do it – but it’s a bit more involved than that.”

The original Sabbath lineup last regrouped between 1999 and 2006. Speculation of another gathering increased after the death of Ronnie James Dio, who’d been fronting alternative lineup Heaven and Hell, starring Iommi, Butler and drummer Vinny Appice.

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