Iconic Metal Band Black Sabbath Confirm Split After Nearly 50 Headbanging Years
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:39:17
Despite rumours that they would continue, Black Sabbath have just confirmed that they have indeed split up after 49 years together.
Last month in their hometown of Birmingham, the band played what was billed as their 'final gig', with a career-spanning set that covered all their classic tunes. However, despite all the signs, guitarist Tony Iommi then went on to say that he was 'sure' the band could make more music together.
"It's just the touring for me. It's time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit… When you're touring you've got to go out for six, eight, 12 months or whatever, and you've got a schedule that you have to do. Now, if I want to do some TV for a month, I can do that. I don't think we've ruled anything out, apart from me not wanting to tour any more. Who knows? We may do something. We haven't spoken about it. We haven't talked about anything, really — but I'm sure something can happen somewhere."
However, Iommi's words have now been seriously cast into doubt as the band has posted what seems to be an official ending and obituary, with an image with the words "Black Sabbath: 1968-2017" along with the caption #TheEnd — along with a classic photo of Sabbath in their '70s prime.
Back in November, legendary frontman Ozzy Osbourne claimed that he would continue making music following the band's final tour. "It's not me that wants to retire, it's Black Sabbath. I'll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife is good at telling me partial information, but I know I'm not hanging my boots up for a while."
So, in one sense this is a sad day indeed for all those hardcore headbangers that will need to develop new dance moves after 50 years — but in another light, this is a great new chapter for a bunch of artists who don't seem to want to quit, and will be back bringing the noise in one form or another.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff