From Yahoo Music
Ronnie James Dio to reunite with Black Sabbath bandmates
A press release was issued today announcing that Ronnie James Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath during the early ’80s, is reuniting with Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward to form a new group.
The band is tenatively named Heaven And Hell, after the first Sabbath album featuring Dio’s vocals, issued in 1980.
According to the press release, “after various promoters have approached their respective management, the guys have started taking all of this very seriously, as they have wanted to reunite for some time now…If all goes well, Heaven And Hell should be hitting the road in early 2007.”
As for original Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne’s opinion on this new venture, this statement was issued by his camp:
“Tony Iommi and Ronnie Dio are working on a project together which has nothing to do with Black Sabbath. There is only one Black Sabbath. Ozzy, Tony, Geezer, and Bill will be touring late next year along with a new Black Sabbath album. However, Ozzy wishes Tony and Ronnie much success in their project together.”