Black Sabbath Reunites for Dio Tribute?

 

Ritchie Blackmore also
rumored to be getting involved.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

It was just a little over a month ago when original Black
Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler seemingly got in the last word on rumors
then-swirling about a possible Black Sabbath reunion. In response to comments
that erstwhile Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne made on Australian radio floating
that possibility, Butler issued a terse statement that read, “I would like
to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will
be definitely no reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether
to record an album or to tour.”

 

Well, never say never. Rumors swirling among Sabbath
insiders now is that a reunion, of
sorts, is definitely on the table – and for a very eyebrow-raising reason: the
first anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s death. Dio, recall, passed away last
May 16
following a battle with stomach cancer. And while it was always assumed
that Osbourne bore a deep resentment towards Dio, who replaced him as Sabbath
vocalist in 1979 after Butler,
guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward fired Osbourne, over the years
Osbourne reportedly had softened in his attitude towards the diminutive, fiery
metal singer. (On Season 2 of hit reality show The Osbournes, one telling episode depicted Kelly Osbourne wandering
into Ozzy’s office to find her dad listening to an album on headphones. The
record in question? Dio’s classic Holy
Diver
album.)

 

 

Word is that Osbourne, Butler, Iommi and Ward are planning a
special two-night Dio Tribute in London the weekend of May 14 & 15, with
the first half of each evening devoted exclusively to songs from the Dio era of
Sabbath, and the second half comprising both Black Sabbath classics and
material culled from various other Dio-identified projects such as Elf,
Rainbow, and of course the Dio band proper.

 

 

 

Even more intriguing beyond the prospect of hearing Ozzy
channel Dio channeling Ozzy are the rumored guest appearances: Iommi’s old pal
Ritchie Blackmore is said to be on board to come out and join the band for a
mini-set of Rainbow songs.

 

No details yet on the venue or ticketing info.

 

 

 

 

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