Black Sabbath to reunite for new album and tour

Word is that heavy metal band Black Sabbath, seen here at its Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction on March 13, 2006, is releasing a new album in 2013. It would be the group's 19th album but first release since 1995's "Forbidden." It also would be the first recording with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978's "Never Say Die!" and first recording with Geezer Butler on bass since 1994's "Cross Purposes."
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From left, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, Tony Iommi and Terry Butler of Black Sabbath" pose at Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on March 13, 2006 in New York.
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(CBS) "Iron Man" lives again. The four original members of Black Sabbath will reunite to record their first new studio album since 1978. There's been speculation about a reunion for months, but now it's official.

They heavy metal rockers announced the news Friday during a Los Angeles press conference at the Whisky A Go-Go, the site of their first L.A. concert exactly 41 years ago to the day (Nov. 11, 1970).

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Original Black Sabbath coming back...maybe

Black Sabbath -- featuring singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward -- will headline the Download Festival on June 10, 2012 in Donington Park, England.

They'll then embark on a world tour to support the new album, expected to be released in fall 2012. Rick Rubin, who's worked with everyone from Metallica to the Dixie Chicks, will produce Black Sabbath's comeback effort.

Black Sabbath's self-titled debut came out in 1970. Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward released "Never Say Die," their last album together as a line-up in 1978.