Black Sabbath to embark on farewell tour and release final album in 2016, says Ozzy Osbourne

The group's final LP was initially set for release later this year

Black Sabbath will embark on their farewell tour and release their final album in 2016, according to frontman Ozzy Osbourne.

After cancelling an upcoming performance that had been previously billed as the group’s “farewell” gig, set to take place at the Tokyo leg of Ozzfest on November 22, Metal Hammer reports that Osbourne has now told a press conference at the Monsters Of Rock in Brazil: “The plan is that next year we’ll do the final Black Sabbath tour and album. I’m not stopping… my wife spends all my money so I can’t.”

However, he added that these plans “could change,” but stated: “We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don’t want to, I believe. But we are going to do another tour together.”

It was previously reported that Black Sabbath would release one final album in 2015, the follow up to their 2013 LP ’13’.

Frontman Osbourne said he understood his bandmates desire to stop touring but that he was not ready to give up yet. “[This will be] our last hurrah… Then it’s no more Sabbath at all. We’re disbanding the name and everything. They don’t want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I’m gonna continue my solo thing,” said Osbourne revealing that he is “in the process of collecting stuff that I’m writing” for his next solo effort.

It was recently reported that original member Bill Ward had been invited to join the band for the “farewell” gig. Ward did not record with the band when they returned with latest album ’13’ in 2013, with Osbourne claiming that the drummer was overweight and unable to contribute to the band’s recording and live plans. It was additionally claimed that the band could not come to a financial agreement with Ward.

Black Sabbath have released 13 studio albums since forming in 1968.
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