Guitarist Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath felt misled when talking about a possible band reunion by a Birmingham Mail reporter.
Iommi’s manager, Ralph Baker, spoke for Iommi and said that the former Black Sabbath member was talking about matters that he thought were off the record. Baker and Iommi felt the reporter made the announcement sound “official” when Iommi claims he was just “shooting the breeze.”
Andy Coleman, the Birmingham Mail reporter, was only citing Iommi’s comments in the story as proof that Black Sabbath was getting back together. Coleman was expanding on a previous quote by Iommi found on MetalTalk.net.
Iommi refuses to talk about Black Sabbath news any further and apologized to his former bandmates for the nuisance. After the story was published, Iommi’s website was overloaded with hits by eager fans checking for any more news.