Black Sabbath Working On New Album

Original lineup recording their first LP since 1978.

When Black Sabbath released Never Say Die!, they took the title to heart.

The original Black Sabbath lineup — singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward — is working on its first LP of new material since that 1978 album, according to the band's publicist. Producer Rick Rubin will accompany Black Sabbath into the studio, and they're looking to commit their demos to tape later this fall.

The original lineup has returned from the dead — ahem, retirement — to headline Ozzfest three times: in 1997 (its first year), 1999 and 2001 (see "Black Sabbath Will Headline Ozzfest").

In other Sabbath news, the band will play the first-ever ESPN Action Sports & Music Awards on April 7. Other artists involved with the event include De La Soul, Rob Zombie, Busta Rhymes and Cypress Hill's B-Real (see "De La Soul, Busta Bringing Their Game To ESPN Awards"). The show will air on the cable sports network on April 10.