After the belief that the band’s show at London’s Hyde Park on July 4th would be their last, Ozzy has announced that Black Sabbath will come out with one more album, and will tour for the last time directly after. Ozzy told Metal Hammer
"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.”
He went on to say
“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 it 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." So, it seems the band has planned to put out one more record for their 14th release and tour cycle, and it may be coming up fairly soon as Ozzy says "It'll be sooner rather than later,”
"Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony's health, he's obviously got his cancer treatment, but we'll get onto it next year. I don't know if we'll be writing in England or LA, but I'll fly to the fucking moon for it if I have to!”
It seems, the band seems to be feeling a lot of pressure to do it one more time while they’re still able to. Guitarist Tony Iommi has been battling with lymphoma since 2012, and it has been very hard to tour for him of course as he has to return to England every six weeks for treatment.
Although this record will come out fast, as it seems, the band may not have to rush it. According to bassist Geezer Butler, the band might be able to use a lot of material that didn’t make it on to their last record “13”.
"We've still got four tracks left over from ['13']. So maybe we'll fill in the other four or five tracks and put out another album — if it's right. We wouldn't do it just for the sake of it, or the money or whatever. But yeah, maybe.”
Now that the album is confirmed, it seems that they will indeed use the leftover stuff, and finish it off strong. With this new record in the works in a few months, It will be very exciting to see what the band has had in the works, how they will top off their discography, and how they will go about their retirement tour.