Black Sabbath Heading Back To The Studio

November 26 [7:55 EDT] -- Ozzy Osbourne and the original members of Black Sabbath say they'll enter a studio sometime next year to record some new songs.

It'll be the first time that Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward have recorded together since 1978.

As we first reported in August, the band will bring its original line-up out of mothballs for two shows in their hometown of Birmingham, England on December 4 and 5. The group has been rehearsing for the shows for weeks, and contrary to our previous report, drummer Bill Ward did not injure his hand during practice for the shows.

The band will record the two reunion shows, and may release the material as a live album.

A partially-reformed version of the band got together for Osbourne summer metal festival tour, Ozzfest, earlier this year with Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin filling in for Ward.

As Osbourne told MTV News recently, Bordin did a fine job, but

he felt something was missing without Ward behind the drum kit.

"Michael Bordin from Faith No More did a tremendous job, but Michael Bordin is not Bill Ward and Bill Ward is not Michael Bordin," Osbourne said. "Mike Bordin, he did a great job. Mike Bordin is a great friend of mine and a great drummer, but every night on stage I would miss Bill."

Osbourne went on to chat about his recent "Ozzman Cometh" release, his Ozzfest experiences, and his Black Sabbath days in a recent MTV News Feature The Ozzman Speaketh, which can still be found in our MTV News Gallery.