Ozzy and Iommi settle Black Sabbath trademark dispute
OZZY OSBOURNE told The Pulse Of Radio recently that a lawsuit between him and guitarist Tony Iommi over the use of the BLACK SABBATH name has been settled and that everything is now okay between them. With that cleared up, The Pulse Of Radio asked Ozzy if there was once again a chance for the original Sabbath lineup to get together again. "Well, I never say never," he said. "I mean, I've got a few ideas, but we'll see what happens, you know. We did try and do another album, but we've all changed so much and it's - if you don't do an album that blows the doors off the last one that we did together, then it's gonna be looked upon as a joke, you know."
After the departure of Ozzy Osbourne in 1979, Black Sabbath had one-off reunions in 1985 (Live Aid) and 1992 (Ozzy's retirement show). In 1997, the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward got back together in December 1997 for a pair of shows at the Birmingham NEC which led to the double live album Reunion which was released on October 20th, 1998. Reunion reached #11 on the Billboard 200, and went platinum in the US. The album spawned the single 'Iron Man', which won Black Sabbath its first Grammy award in 2000 for Best Metal Performance, 30 years after the song was originally released. Reunion also featured two new studio tracks, 'Psycho Man' and 'Selling My Soul'.
Ozzy Osbourne brought the topic of Black Sabbath up recently at the Canadian launch of his upcoming solo album, Scream, which was held in Toronto on May 19th at Casa Loma.
"I'll say one thing about great bands," Ozzy told BraveWords.com. "There's only one band to play Black Sabbath stuff - Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Geezer Butler and myself."
When asked if there was any future to that remark Ozzy responded: "There could be."