This article is from the The Osbourne FAQ, by Mike L. with numerous contributions by others.
As 1998 began, Ozzfest 1998 was announced. The bands would include
Tool, Megadeth, Limp Bizkit, Soulfly, Coal Chamber, Sevendust, Two,
the Melvins, Incubus, Snot, Ultraspank, Kilgore, System of a Down, and
The original Sabbath members were rehearsing in Wales for the upcoming
tour when Bill Ward suffered a mild heart attack. Bill would not be on
the European tour but might be able to play for the American
tour. Vinny Appice takes his place.
The shows recorded at the NEC are to be released as a live album along
with the new studio songs, "Psycho Man" and "Selling My Soul." (Ed: I
found these to be a little disappointing). The album is simply
entitled "Reunion". I received a copy autpgraphed by all four
members. The tour would back up the Reunion album release and finish
in May 1999.
On December 31, 1998 New Years Eve, Black Sabbath began their American
tour in Arizona.
Ozzy had this to say: "There was the four of us who started off way
back in '68. We had an idea which shook the world I suppose. Without
any one of us, it's not Black Sabbath. The drummers we used were
adequate drummers, but there's only one Bill Ward you know, there's
only one Tony Iommi, there's only one Geezer Butler, and there's only
one me. The chemistry is just incredible. When we did the live album
at the N.E.C., the chemistry was just like we never separated. It was
a pretty amazing, magic show."
Around this time, Ozzy quit smoking which was not an easy task.