Black Sabbath are actively preparing for their ‘The End‘ tour in 2016, which will effectively conclude the heavy metal group’s touring activities. The decision to embark on a farewell tour was particularly related to lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne wanting to resume his solo career and guitarist Tony Iommi’s ongoing battle against cancer, however Osbourne and company still expressed interest in releasing a new studio album before bowing out.
The announcement was first delivered by Osbourne during a press conference at the 2015 Monsters of Rock Festival in Brazil, where the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness revealed that Black Sabbath would be heading out on one last tour and releasing their follow-up to 2013’s ‘13.’ This comeback album became an instant success following it’s release and climbed to the top of charts in the United States and the United Kingdom, among other countries.
Iommi has continued to note that he has been steadily writing new material since those sessions for ’13,’ not to mention there were reportedly a number of tracks leftover from the ’13’ record which could find their way onto a future release. However, all plans for any sort of new Black Sabbath music has apparently been sent to a grinding halt, considering the recent statements from Sabbath’s frontman.
Speaking with Australia’s News.com.au, Osbourne clarified the future of Black Sabbath in regard to new material. “It’s the end of Sabbath and people have been asking, ‘Well, I thought you were doing an album.’ But the things we’ve discovered are — number one: People aren’t really interested in hearing new stuff and number two: If we were to do an album before the tour, it would take three or four years to complete the album. We want to end it on a high note.”
He continued: “I’d rather end it now though than drag it out for another five albums. I mean I’m 67 in December. When we started out, I thought, ‘This thing will be all right for a year or two.’ One of my greatest memories of anything Sabbath was that we were a band that weren’t created by some London fucking business dickhead. We were four guys in different bands and we all got together and made a record.
“I remember being in a pub in Birmingham and the manager at the time said to me, ‘I have some news for you. Your album is entering the British charts at Number 17 next week.’ I went, ‘Fuck off! You’re winding me up.’ It remained in the Top Ten for over a year and none of us have looked back since.”
Now. considering Black Sabbath’s ’13’ has moved more than a million copies worldwide since it’s release and has received gold and platinum sales certifications in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom, it wouldn’t seem as though heavy metal fans were uninterested in new Black Sabbath music; in fact, quite the opposite.
Listen to Black Sabbath, “End of the Beginning”