Black Sabbath have announced a single U.S. date later this year, in addition to the previously announced Download festival headlining set in the U.K. The band has been forced to cancel the majority of their 2012 touring plans due to guitarist Tony Iommi’s battle with cancer.
The news was announced by Sharon Osbourne during an interview with the VH1 Radio Network. Osbourne said: “They’re gonna be doing one show in America this summer but I can’t say yet because we can’t announce it, the promoters have to. But they are doing one show in August.”
Osbourne said she didn’t yet know whether original drummer Bill Ward would be participating in the two shows, with fellow original members Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler. “We don’t know yet, we really don’t know,” she said. “It’s up to Bill. The door is open for him to join us, so it’s up to him.”
Osbourne also revealed that more than a dozen songs had been written by the band in preparation for their planned album. “They’re doing really well in the studio,” Sharon said. “Gosh, they must have written 15 new songs already and it’s going great.”