Tony Iommi says 'no touring' but 'maybe' new music for Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath could be releasing new music in the future, as the band come to the end of their ‘The End’ tour in early 2017.
Earlier this year, Ozzy Osbourne admitted he was disappointed that Black Sabbath’s final tour was coming to an end, saying he wanted to continue playing with the band.
Speaking in a new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, lead guitarist Tony Iommi has said that he “loves the playing” but he “just can’t travel anymore,” stating that he would be ruling out any touring in the future.
As for the future of Sabbath, Iommi was noncommittal, offering a simple, “Maybe.” Expanding on the subject of new music, he continued, “As I said, I’ll be doing some writing. Maybe I’ll be doing something with the guys, maybe in the studio, but no touring.”
Osbourne commented on Iommi’s attitude towards touring, saying he couldn’t persuade guitarist Tony Iommi to continue the tour beyond its contracted 80 shows. Osbourne told Billboard: “Tony wants to do 80 shows and we’re doing 80 shows. It’s good enough, but I wouldn’t mind extending the tour for another few gigs. There’s a lot of people who won’t get to see us, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Osbourne stated that he’ll continue with his solo career once the Sabbath tour is finished, though he admitted that his wife and manager Sharon Osbourne may have other plans for his career.
Osbourne said: “It’s not me that wants to retire, it’s Black Sabbath. I’ll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife is good at telling me partial information, but I know I’m not hanging my boots up for a while.”
Black Sabbath will play:
Manchester Arena (January 22)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (24)
Leeds First Direct Arena (26)
London O2 (29, 31)
Birmingham Genting Arena (February 2, 4)