The future of Black Sabbath has been uncertain in recent months. At first it seemed as though their headlining set at Japan’s Ozzfest would be their swansong, but then came the announcement that the band were no long part of the lineup.
Ozzy Osbourne cleared matters up during a press conference for the Monsters of Rock festival in Brazil, putting end to any speculation about the pioneering metal band’s trajectory. “The plan is that next year [is the] final Black Sabbath tour and album.”
Just because Sabbath is coming to the end of the road doesn’t mean that Ozzy intends to put on his slippers and lounge around his Palace of Darkness.”Being in the music business keeps me really young,” he says. “When you hit 60, people ask, ‘Are you gonna retire?’ F— no, man.”
The sad news was offset with a positive update on guitarist Tony Iommi, who has been battling lymphoma since 2012. “He’s doing great now,” says Ozzy. “I text him now and again. He sounds fine.”
In case you missed it, hear Tony reveal the bloody origins of heavy metal in this animated short.