Black Sabbath ‘too busy’ to record new album, says Tony Iommi

Guitarist says band's schedule is too full to enter studio

Black Sabbath are “far too busy” to record a new album, according to guitarist Tony Iommi.

The band released their first album in 18 years, ’13’, in June of last year and the LP went on to debut at Number One on the Official UK Album Chart to become their first chart-topper in nearly 43 years.

Since then, however, members of Black Sabbath have expressed doubts about whether they will release a follow-up, with Geezer Butler claiming that he didn’t think another new album would have the same “vibe” and could be seen as “a failure” unless it was similarly successful.

Now, writing on his official website, Iommi has said that the band are currently too busy to enter the studio. Discussing their recent experience at the Grammy Awards, where they picked up an award for Best Metal Performance, he wrote: “Well, the dust has settled on the Grammys now. [It was] great to win another one, but what a palaver. As the East Coast is three hours ahead, the televised part begins at 5 p.m. so you’re leaving the hotel at lunchtime, all dolled up and ready for the red carpet! It was good, though.

He then added: “[There was] plenty of interest in the album still and endless questions about what we’re doing next. Well, it’s shows in the US, Canada and Europe, so far too busy with that to be thinking about more recording.”

Previously, Tony Iommi has said that he expects to finish treatment for cancer in 2014. The guitarist has being undergoing treatment for the lymphoma he was diagnosed with in January 2012.

Speaking to NME last year, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne spoke about how Iommi’s treatment affected the recording of the band’s latest album. “When we were writing this album and he was going through his treatment, I thought to myself, ‘He ain’t gonna fucking make it. How can he?’ He’d come down some days and look so tired. He’s a good guy, Tony. And he’s a fucking great guitar player. I just keep my fingers crossed it don’t return.”