Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says he hasn’t ruled out further live shows or recording with the band despite wrapping up a farewell tour in their hometown of Birmingham, UK on February 4.
“I’m going to miss playing on stage because that has been my whole life, the band and playing on stage,” Iommi tells Planet Rock (audio below). “I like (playing on stage) and I’m sure it’s not going to end like that; I’m sure we might do a one-off show somewhere. It’s just the touring for me – it’s time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit... I’m still going to write and put stuff out.”
Iommi’s battle with blood cancer lymphoma since a 2012 diagnosis is his main reason for shutting down plans on extensive touring, but the guitarist adds that he doesn’t think Black Sabbath’s recording days are over.
“No, I don’t think we’ve ruled anything out apart from me not wanting to tour any more on that scale, but who knows, we may do something,” he says. “We haven’t spoken about it - that’s another thing we haven’t talked about anything really that’s to do with what’s going to happen afterwards. But I’m sure something can happen somewhere.”
The reunited trio of Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler performed 81 shows on their year-long farewell run, which was billed as ‘The End.’
Osbourne recently announced his first solo show following the end of Sabbath’s farewell trek.
The rocker will headline the final night of this year’s Chicago Open Air festival on July 16, alongside fellow headliners KISS and Korn.
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