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Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi are both up for reforming Black Sabbath in 2022

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Echoing comments made by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi says he’d be up for reforming Black Sabbath for Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games.

In an interview with ITV News last week on the eve of his performance at Download Festival, Ozzy Osbourne was asked whether he’d like to perform at the opening ceremony of Birmingham 2022.

“Yeah, that would be fantastic,” Planet Rock Magazine cover star Ozzy enthused. “With Black Sabbath or on my own. I’d like to do that. We’re all Brummies after all.”

Now, speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Tony Iommi has agreed with Ozzy, saying: “I think that it would be a great thing to do to help represent Birmingham. I’m up for it! Let’s see what happens!”

Black Sabbath called it quits in February 2017 after playing their swansong show in Birmingham.

Speaking at a charity lunch at Birmingham’s Opus Restaurant back in April, Tony Iommi admitted it was “highly unlikely” Sabbath would reform for a one-off show but refused to rule it out.

Tony said: “You can never say never, because we've done it so many times, you say, 'Oh, that's it now,' with different singers and different this and that. And all of a sudden, we're playing together again.

“I would hope we could do some one-offs, but we'll never tour the world again as we did, because it really is exhausting."

Asked about the possibility of a one-off show in January, bassist Geezer Butler told Full Metal Jackie: "(It’s) not very likely at all. I think Ozzy is going out on his farewell tour, so that will be him touring for the next two or three years.

“So, I don't think there will be any chance of doing any one-offs or anything like that — which I'm fine with. We went out on a high, and it's best not to drag it out."

Black Sabbath’s limited-edition 7” vinyl box set ‘Supersonic Years - The Seventies Singles Box Set’ went on sale last week.

Planet Rock Magazine issue 8



We‘re proud to welcome The Prince of Darkness, Mr Ozzy Osbourne, to the suitably spectacular golden cover of issue eight of Planet Rock magazine - out now!

Ahead of his first Download festival headline appearance, Ozzy invited Planet Rock aboard his private jet for an exclusive trip to South America as he kicked off his No More Tours 2 campaign in Mexico and Chile, and frankly it would have been rude to refuse! Cue tales of voodoo curses and graveyard visits, an Access All Area look at his killer new stage show and a trip down memory lane to revisit the classic Bark At The Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums.

Elsewhere in the issue, we journey to Texas with UK rock heroes The Darkness and Ramblin’ Man Fair headliners The Cult look back on the making of their classic album, Electric: “There’s nothing worse than diet rock,” guitarist Billy Duffy tells us. “If you’re gonna rock, ROCK!”

We also reunite Whitesnake legends Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody and Neil Murray to celebrate the band’s raw early years, before band leader David Coverdale was seduced by Hollywood and ‘hair metal’…

Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is the subject of this issue’s Planet Rock Interview, as he shares the private pain behind those unforgettable feel-good rock anthems. My Planet Rocks sees Scorpions founder Rudolf Schenker laying bare the songs that soundtracked his life, while Glenn Danzig shares his Guide To Life.

We have in-depth reports from the opening night of the UK leg of the Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour, the BritRock Must Be Destroyed! tour and DesertFest. And you’ll also read about Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Ghost, Wishbone Ash, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, Howlin Rain, Black Stone Cherry, Buckcherry and much more.

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