Monday, September 29, 2014

Black Sabbath to record new album and perform final world tour

Ozzy Osbourne says Black Sabbath will record a new album with “13” producer Rick Rubin and then perform a final world tour.

"The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great," Ozzy tells Metal Hammer. "We all made friends, we didn't mess 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,” continued the singer. “I said to (wife and manager) 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 21 any more, if we're going to do it 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 expects writing sessions to begin in the New Year.

"It'll be sooner rather than later," he says. "Obviously a lot of it is coming down to [guitarist] Tony [Iommi]'s health, he's obviously got his cancer treatment, but we'll get onto it next year. I don't know if we'll be writing in England or LA, but I'll fly to the moon for it if I have to!”

2013’s “13” was the group’s first studio album with Ozzy since 1978’s “Never Say Die.” While the singer rejoined Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, original drummer Bill Ward declined to participate in the reunion album tour over a contractual dispute.

The group recorded “13” with Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, while Ozzy’s solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, handled live dates for the tour.

Black Sabbath played three warm-up shows in 2012 before officially launching the "13" tour in New Zealand in April of 2013; they went on to play 84 shows by the time the trek wrapped up in London’s Hyde Park in July.

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