Black Sabbath more or less dissolved once again following the tour for the "Forbidden" album, the band's fifth album with vocalist Tony Martin. Tony Iommi once again returned his focus to his solo material.
However, in 1997, Ozzy Osbourne desired to take Sabbath on his Ozzfest tour, and so the original lineup, sand Bill Ward, played its first show in over a decade. Later that year, Ward was brought back, and this reunion produced a live album, appropriately titled "Reunion". It also featured two newly written studio tracks.
The band toured sporadically throughout the 2000s; however, they reunited with Ronnie James Dio staring in 2006 as the band worked in a Dio-era material compilation. Dio and Iommi wanted to write new material for the compilation, but Ward did not want to participate.
This led to a reunion of the "Mob Rules" era lineup once again, and they carried on under the name Heaven and Hell. In 2009, they produced an album called "The Devil You Know". Sadly, Dio passed away in 2010. In 2011, the original lineup reunited with plans to record a new album. Read more about this era of Black Sabbath here and here.
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