Monday, September 7, 2015
Tony Iommi on Why Next Black Sabbath Tour Will Be the Last
It was recently announced by Black Sabbath that come this January they will be embarking on their final tour before ending the band for good. Guitarist Tony Iommi has stepped forward to address why they are doing this.
A lot of it has to do with Iommi's three year battle with Lymphoma. Although he has gotten through it for now, his body took a real beating from it and has left him in a fairly weakened and fragile state.
In an interview with Birmingham Mail, Iommi says:
“I can’t actually do this anymore. My body won’t take it much more. I don’t want that [Lymphoma] creeping back again and all the traveling involved in Sabbath tours increasingly takes its toll. That’s why we’re going out on one last tour, to say our farewells. And then it very definitely is the end. We won’t be doing it again.”
So far the band has announced a slew of American and Australian/New Zealand dates, but they will be tacking more on as things progress with the preparations for the tour.
I keep hearing a lot about how the band will possibly be making one last album as well, but with the Sabs you never can be too sure until you actually see them in the studio working. Personally I hope all the drama between singer Ozzy Osbourne and drummer Bill Ward can be resolved before it's too late because it would be a shame for Black Sabbath to end without all four members it began with. Either way, let's hope that Iommi's health holds out long enough for the band to get through the tour.