Is this the end of Black Sabbath?
The metal giants say they will play their farewell shows at Ozzfest Japan this November 21 and 22. Sharon Osbourne announced the news in a YouTube video, shown below.
This year will also mark the release of what Sabbath say will be their last album.
“[It will be] our last hurrah,” Ozzy Osbourne says. “Then it’s no more Sabbath at all. We’re disbanding the name and everything.”
Osbourne says neither guitarist Tony Iommi nor bassist Geezer Butler want to continue performing.
“They don’t want to tour anymore,” he said. “I get it. But I love it. I’m gonna continue my solo thing.”
Osbourne adds that he is “in the process of collecting stuff that I’m writing” for a new solo album.
Sabbath’s new album will be the followup to their 2013 release, 13. It’s unclear who will play drums on the album. Founding drummer Bill Ward didn’t record with the band when it made 13. Osbourne said Ward was overweight and unable to contribute to the album and tour. Reportedly, the band couldn’t come to a financial agreement with the drummer.
Sabbath have seen their share of troubles in recent years. Tony Iommi was diagnosed with early stage lymphoma in 2012 for which he underwent successful treatment. Earlier this year, Butler was arrested after a bar brawl in Death Valley, California, and charged with misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism.