A Black Sabbath reunion has been rumored for years, but on Monday the possibility almost became real when a Birmingham newspaper announced the workings of a new album and tour, only to be revoked by guitarist Tony Iommi on Tuesday.

Using Iommi as a mouth piece the Birmingham Mail announced that the original line up of the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath are back together, and rehearsing for a new tour.

The group led by Ozzy Osborne had not toured since 2005 and their last album "Never say Die" was released in 1978, which caused great shock among Sabbath fans when they read the statement that the group would be back together for an official reunion.

"It's all been very hush-hush. Ozzy's been the worst at trying to hold it back. He's doing a lot of TV and he's being asked stuff about a reunion and he's going 'Well, I never say never," Iommi was quoted in the Birmingham mail.

"'I had umpteen numbers of people on the phone asking if I fancied getting together with a band, but I couldn't tell them what I was doing," Iommi said.  "I just had to say I was busy.

According to the Website Metal Underground Iommi's words to the Birmingham newspaper were misinterpreted. "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, Iommi said according to Metal underground"

"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.