Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath has issued a statement concerning the news story which today announced the reunion of the legendary band's original lineup for a new album and tour.

Although he notes that the conversation referenced in the original story happened way back in June, when he was "merely speculating," it's important to note that the guitarist does not go so far as to deny any facts about the reported album or tour. Here is the statement, from Iommi's official website, in full:

Black Sabbath Reunion

I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion.

At the time I was supporting the Home of Metal exhibition and was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, "Are you getting back together?"

Thanks to the internet it's gone round the world as some sort of "official" statement on my part, absolute nonsense.  I hope he's enjoyed his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense.

To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better.

All the best, Tony