By Michael Wright
Ozzy Osbourne is the latest original Sab to speak, in recent weeks, about his openness to the idea of reuniting Black Sabbath. Speaking to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the 61-year-old singer said, "We're talking and that's a good sign. We're not at war with each other. I was speaking to Bill Ward last night. I've got to speak to the other two. But it was in the last attempt where we just all met without saying anything to each other [after] quite a few years. I'm trying to get things done right, talking at least."
It sounds like at least two of his former bandmates are open to a conversation. The aforementioned Ward said recently that "everyone has an open mind about touring again." He then added, "I'd love to do another album and tour with the Sabs. It keeps me fresh and going."
Bassist Geezer Butler expressed similar sentiments this week to Hellbound.ca:
"You know, it would be nice to finish the whole thing off with one last tour, I suppose. We're all getting a bit old now, so time is running out. It would be nice – I wouldn't say ‘no'!"
As for Ozzy, while he won't commit to any specific plans, he does sound like a man ready make music:
"I can't give any dates, 'cause I don't know anything. I don't know whether they want to do it with me, or whatever, but I'm starting to feel [things] ease up for it. To be honest with you, I would love to do a killer Black Sabbath album. It would make my life, my whole thing, round up perfectly for me."
No word, at this time, from Tony Iommi. Fans can only keep their fingers, ahem, crossed.