Ozzy Osbourne: ‘I’m Up for Another Black Sabbath Album and Tour’
As Black Sabbath wrap up the touring cycle for ’13’ in July, there has been a lot of speculation about the band’s future. Guitarist Tony Iommi says the July 4 show at London’s Hyde Park could be their last, though he doesn’t want it to be. Now, Ozzy Osbourne is weighing in.
In an interview with Guitar World, Ozzy gave his take on what the future holds. “I never say never,” says Osbourne. “I never thought after 35 years I’d [be back with Black Sabbath], have a No. 1 record and a sold-out tour. It’s weird, the album was recorded and released in 2013, and it was No. 1 in 13 countries…the number 13 is driving us mad!”
Osbourne continues, “All I can tell you is that if it’s good-bye, we’re ending it on a high note. Instead of with [1978’s] Never Say Die!, which we didn’t leave each other on friendly terms. The only thing I’m sad about is Bill Ward couldn’t work things out. But I’m up for another Black Sabbath album and tour. If we can, great. If not, I’ll just carry on doing my own thing.”
In a separate interview, bassist Geezer Butler said a new album is possible: “We’ve still got four tracks left over from the album, so maybe we’ll fill in the other four or five tracks and put out another album. If it’s right. We wouldn’t do it just for the sake of it, or the money or whatever. But yeah, maybe.”
It sounds like all the band members are willing to record another Black Sabbath album if everything can be worked out and Iommi’s health allows it. There seems to be a reason for optimism even if no concrete plans have yet been made.