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Black Sabbath Reunion "Just A Rumor"

October 16, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Metal fans will be rejoicing when the "original" members of Black Sabbath get back together to play two shows in Birmingham, England on Dec. 4 and 5.

As of today, only Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler are scheduled to perform at the England shows. However, Ana Adame, the band's publicist said there's been talk that original drummer, Bill Ward, who was left off last summer's OZZfest, will join the other members on stage. "I spoke with Ozzy's management and they said Bill's rumored to be there, but at this time, nothing's confirmed," Adame said.

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