Rumors swirled that doom metal legends and pioneers Black Sabbath had played their last show back in the summer, but the band has squashed those rumors today with frontman Ozzy Osbourne’s interview with Metal Hammer magazine where he confirmed that the band will begin working on a new album next year with a final tour coming after.
Black Sabbath will team up with producer Rick Rubin once again to record the successor to 2013’s successful “13” album. The band won a Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” for the song “God is Dead?.”
“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.”
Although the trio has no new material written for what will be their fourteenth studio album, Osbourne anticipates that sessions will begin early in 2015.
“It’ll be sooner rather than later,” the singer insists. “Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony’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 fucking moon for it if I have to!”