Black Sabbath is scheduled to end the touring cycle for last year’s reunion album 13 with a massive July 4th gig at London’s Hyde Park, and according to guitarist Tony Iommi, it could be the last time Sabbath ever plays live. Iommi told Metal Hammer, “It could be the last ever Sabbath show. I don’t want it to be, but there’s nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really.”
Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, admitted that even if Sabbath does tour again, he does not want to travel as extensively as the legendary group did in the past year. He explained, “To be honest I don’t want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad.”
- Iommi had to return home for treatments every six weeks during most of the 13 tour, but said that it’s now a matter of waiting to see whether the disease comes out of remission.
- He revealed, ““I’m at a stage now where I have no support, which means I have to see whether the cancer is coming back or if it’s still there or what. I just don’t know. It’s a bit of a worry. After we finish this tour I’ll go in and have scan, so we’ll see what that shows up.”
- The Hyde Park show, part of the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival, which also feature Soundgarden, Motorhead
and others in addition to Sabbath.
- 13, the first Sabbath album to feature Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler in 35 years, debuted at Number One on the U.S. and U.K. album charts last year.
- The band has not hinted if it will make another studio album, and Ozzy told us last year that he was fine with the possibility of 13 being its last one:
- “For whatever reason if we don’t do another studio album, this is where I would have liked to have been at the end of Sabbath, my days with Sabbath. But life has a funny way of twisting things around, and if we do do another album, it’d be great, but if we don’t, this will be a nice way to round it off.”