At a press conference in Los Angeles on Friday (at 11:11am on 11/11/11, time fans) Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, & Ozzy Osbourne announce that 70s rock goliaths Black Sabbath (in other words, the first edition of the band, the 'proper' one!) have reformed and will be releasing their first new album of material since 1978's Never Say Die!. Yes we know they have reformed before, but it this line-up have not released an album in so long it really does feel like a special moment.
The "four hard men from Birmingham" pronounced two crucial facts: they will be releasing a full new studio album in the autumn of 2012, to be be produced by Rick Rubin and released on Vertigo, and they will hit the road next summer too. Though only one live date has so far been confirmed, that being the Download festival on June 10 next year. No doubt they will be immense shows, and in demand.
Watch the press conference from Friday on Youtube HERE.