Black Sabbath Planning Final Album & Tour For Next Year

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Black Sabbath attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

When Black Sabbath dropped the album 13 in 2013, they left fans wondering the album would be their last. Turns out, Ozzy Osbourne and company have more in store.

In an interview with Metal Hammer, Osbourne announced that Sabbath will begin working on a new studio album in early 2015 with producer Rick Rubin. And this album will be their last.

Osbourne also mentioned one final tour along with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler.

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Osbourne recounted to Metal Hammer how it all went down:

The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. 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.

For the record, Osbourne is 65 years old.

As for a timeframe, Osbourne insisted the album will be here “sooner rather than later,” but it hinges on the health of Iommi.

“He’s obviously got his cancer treatment, but we'll get onto it next year,” Osbourne said. “I don't know if we'll be writing in England or L.A., but I'll fly to the fucking moon for it if I have to!”

13 earned Black Sabbath its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 155,000 copies sold in its opening week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


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