Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has declared the band’s Fourth of July show at London’s Hyde Park their last. In theory, at least; according to an interview with Metal Hammer, Iommi’s ongoing medical treatment for lymphoma may keep him off the road for good.
“To be honest I don’t want to be touring to this extent too much longer,” he explained, “because it makes me feel so bad. I’m at a stage now where I have no support, which means I have to see whether the cancer is coming back or if it’s still there or what. I just don’t know. It’s a bit of a worry. After we finish this tour I’ll go in and have scan, so we’ll see what that shows up.”
Black Sabbath’s original lineup — frontman Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and Iommi — announced their plans to reunite in 2011, setting the stage for an international tour and a new album (2013′s 13 LP) recorded with Rick Rubin. “I don’t know how it was for you,” Henry Rollins said at the Whiskey a Go Go press conference, “but I was a very alienated young person. And when I heard Black Sabbath I realized my life had a soundtrack … I heard Ozzy Osbourne and I heard these riffs that were room clearing. And I realized there were some people out there using music to make great statements.”
“It was now or never for us,” Iommi said after Rollins’s introduction. “We’re getting on great; everything is really good. And we have some great music to play.”
Black Sabbath’s founding members first started working together in 1968. According to Billboard, they’ve scored 22 Billboard 200 entries and sold 15 million albums, including 1.6 million for their best-selling record, 1970′s Paranoid. Their last collaborative work before reuniting in 2011 was 1978′s Never Day Die, an effort so abysmal it’s no wonder why they got back together. This way, if 13 is indeed their last supper, at least it was a worthwhile one…