Ozzy is no longer defined by Black Sabbath. He is and has been solo for a long time. He just put out SCREAM, a very hard hitting and rocking album. His band is stellar, he has one HELL of a lineup. For him to walk away from that to go with his old band mates (who God only knows aren't that respectful of him and his contributions) for any length of time would be insane. Gus G and Tommy Clufetos can bring stuff the likes of which we haven't heard since Rhoads and Lee. Ozzy's voice is Ozzy's voice. It's gonna sell records.
Didn't say I wouldn't want to see Sabbath second stage. There's only so many times playing with them is going to be intense. Last check, the 2001 spin in the studio didn't bring out anything but horrible and unworthy music. What would be the incentive for Ozzy?
thechnically Black Sabbath has been releasing new material
Bannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnh. [Buzzer goes off] Wrong!
Iommi, Butler, Ward, and Ozzy explicitly state "they do not consider any other lineup but the four of them Sabbath." Watch "The Last Supper." They say those other line-ups were OTHER BANDS. End of subject.
When they (Iommi, Butler, Ward, and Ozzy) get off their duff and put new stuff out that blows away anything they've done since 1973 I will think them a contemporary band. Otherwise, they have put nothing new out since 1978. Maybe they don't have it in them anymore. Correction - as a band maybe they do not.
ps> I bought the latest album put out with Dio. I tried to like it, but frankly, it was very long winded and holy smokes was it long on the chops. Annoyingly so. I gave it a whirl at least 20 times and just was bored to death. Can't say the same EVER about ANY of Ozzy's albums.
The beauty of Sabbath in the old days were their songs started, were dark, very interesting, got on with it, and ended 3 or so minutes later. These marathon songs - it's just not something that showcases Iommi's talent. It bores me half to death. Now if it was Randy Rhoads or Gus G? Different story.
Thank you. Good night. Elvis has left the building.