It is looking like the days of Black Sabbath are numbered, as confirmed by a band member. The band’s bassist, Geezer Butler, while speaking to Eonmusic about the recent reissue of his solo catalog (‘Plastic Planet,’ ‘Black Science’ and, ‘Ohmwork’), declared “it’s over.”
There has been constant talk among fans about a possible final Sabbath gig at Birmingham’s Villa Park, but Butler now becomes the second member to apparently confirm the end of the band.
During the recent interview when asked about the possibility of a final show at Villa Park, Butler said, “There will definitely be no more Sabbath. It’s done.” He continued, “I had a great time on the final tour, especially knowing it was the end. I seemed to put a lot of extra effort in, knowing that people wouldn’t see us again.”
The heavy metal giants formed over five decades ago in Birmingham with Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi, frontman Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. That lineup recorded and toured through 1978, and periodically reformed through the ’90s and 2000s for live work. They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album, ’13,’ and a corresponding world wide tour.
In their career, Black Sabbath have sold over 70 million albums, and are regarded as true originators of the heavy metal genre. The band played its final tour in 2017. Their seminal album, ‘Paranoid’ recently received a 50th-anniversary “super deluxe” reissue.
The tour that Butler referred to was cut short due to guitarist Iommi’s battle with cancer and the treatments he was undergoing. This past May, Iommi said that he would be open to the possibility of playing a one-off gig in the future, saying, “The hard thing is with Sabbath because it’s such a big thing, you can’t just do an occasional show, because of the crew, and you have the whole setup. It would have to be a year or an 18-month tour… I’m not opposed to doing anything; I just would do it in a different way.”