According to Blabbermouth, the widely reported Black Sabbath reunion tour and album isn’t official—at least for now. Guitarist Tony Iommi, who was quoted in an article from The Birmingham Mirror, released a statement yesterday saying the article was the result of a journalist taking advantage of a candid conversation the two had months before.
“I’m saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion,” Iommi said.
“At the time I was supporting the Home Of Metal exhibition was merely speculating shooting the breeze on something all of us get asked constantly, ‘Are you getting back together?’
“Thanks to the Internet it’s now gone round the world as some sort of ‘official’ statement on my part; absolute nonsense. I hope he’s enjoyed his moment of glory, he won’t have another at my expense.”
But if the news of Tommy Iommi’s statement left you longing for Black Sabbath-anything, fret not. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne—a three-year collaboration between Osbourne; his son, Jack; and directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli—has just been given a release date. The film gets a lot of reflections on Ozzy’s past on tape, with stories of his childhood, Black Sabbath and his well-documented battles with substance abuse.
“This is the most honest portrait of my father,” Jack Osbourne said. “I set out to tell the truth—regardless of how raw it might be—and I think we accomplished just that.”
The film will play in select theaters on Aug. 24 and 29. You can find the viewings at Fathom Events.