BLACK SABBATH To Begin Writing New Album Next Year, Promise One Final Tour
This past summer, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi teased that the band may have played their last gig. After their album 13 debuted atop the charts all over the world, and a mega-successful touring run, Iommi figured that band didn't have much left to accomplish.
Ozzy Osbourne seems to disagree.
In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Ozzy says it looks like a new album will be in the pipeline for 2015:
"The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great," says Ozzy. "We all made friends, we didn't fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon 'What's going on? Because if there's no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again' and she came back and said 'Let me look into it.' Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said 'Oh, I still have to talk to so and so…' and I said 'Sharon, I ain't fucking 21 any more, if we're going to do I want to do it before I'm 70!' Time isn't on our side! So she made the call and came back and said 'Yeah, the record company wants another album.' I believe Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again."
Ozzy notes he wants to get started as soon as possible, but ultimately everybody will work around Tony Iommi's schedule due to his health concerns. Iommi was, of course, diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 but has been fighting it.
One point not discussed in the interview is who would be working on drums on the new album. The band had a very public falling out with longtime drummer Bill Ward, and brought in Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk for the session. With Rick Rubin at the helm once again, would he bring in Wilk or would they work with another drummer all together?
Either way, 2015 will see some exciting developments for Black Sabbath fans.