At his official website, Tony Iommi has updated fans stating:
What a year! Certainly not the one I was expecting.Ozzy’s last album with Black Sabbath was Never Say Die in 1978. The relatively unsuccessful album only reached no. 69 in the USA. The album featured the original Black Sabbath line-up with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums.
Thanks to you all for your massive help and support, it was very encouraging. I’m still working on the album and managed to play three shows, not bad given the news a year ago. I’m looking forward to next year, seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we’re able.
The album contains A Hard Road, the only Black Sabbath song where all four members share vocals and the only song on which Tony Iommi has ever sung.
Since Never Say Die, the only new music from the original Black Sabbath line-up were the two studio songs Psycho Man and Selling My Soul included on the 2002 live album Reunion.
Never Say Die will remain the last album with the original line-up. While drummer Bill Ward was originally part of this current reunion, he elected to withdraw from the album and tour after a dispute with Sharon Osbourne.
Black Sabbath will begin their 2013 tour in Auckland, New Zealand on April 20.