Ozzy Osbourne will return to Black Sabbath duty in 2016 but will not record a last album as planned. The frontman claimed this is because they are too old.
“No, it really, really is the end of Sabbath on this tour. I’m not saying I won’t ever get on stage with Geezer or Tony or any of them again, but officially, as Sabbath, we’re done, and I’ll go back to doing my own thing,” he said.
The band’s forthcoming ‘The End’ tour was recently announced. Black Sabbath will headline Download Festival in 2016, alongside Iron Maiden.
Osbourne had previously stated that the band would record “one more album” with producer Rick Rubin, having returned to the group to release ’13’ in 2013. The heavy metal band’s 19th album topped the UK and the US charts and earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Black Sabbath’s current lineup includes three of its four founding members: singer Ozzy Osbourne; bassist Geezer Butler; and guitarist Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2012. Drummer Bill Ward has been estranged from the band for the past several years and did not appear on its “13” reunion album or tour.
13, which marked Ozzy Osbourne’s first full studio album with Black Sabbath since 1978, became their most successful ever in the U.S., as the band topped the Billboard charts for the first time ever. It was also Black Sabbath’s first charttopping U.K. project since 1970’s Paranoid.
Osbourne recently gave fans an all-star metal performance on the rainy Saturday (October 31) night, bringing along special guests Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler.
Osbourne started out his set with “I Don’t Know,” “Mr. Crowley,” and “Bark at the Moon.” He sprayed the crowd with a fire hose throughout the night, dumped a bucket of water on his head twice and repeatedly asked the audience if they were having fun. “I can’t f—ing hear you,” he kept saying, smiling when the crowd responded with cheers. This was the 66-year-old’s first solo performance in several years.
As for future plans for Osbourne, he and his son, Jack Osbourne, will have a second go-around on television circuit with their upcoming father and son spoof show on the History Channel.
The two are already seasoned television personalities in front of cameras, having been around them for their popular 2002-2005 MTV series, The Osbournes, a reality show centered on the daily life of the not-so-traditional metal family.
“Jack and I are doing a thing for the History Channel, like a father and son spoof on history,” the singer told Billboard. “We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he’s the f-king reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine [that Alan Turing] used to break the [German] code. We’re going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It’s educational for me, actually – history with an Osbourne slant.”