It seems that the reformed Black Sabbath are officially no more, despite recent claims that their ‘The End’ world tour may not have actually signaled the end of the band after all. But now, if their Facebook account is to believed, the legendary band have called it a day once and for all.
Posted to the Black Sabbath Facebook yesterday was the image below, giving the band’s date of death as 2017, as clear an indication as you can get in this day and age that they’re officially calling it a day.
Having played their final gig to a hometown crowd in Birmingham, guitarist Tony Iommi had left the door well ajar for a return, and even considering another record.
“I’m sure it’s not going to end like that; I’m sure we might do a one-off show somewhere,” he told Planet Rock in an interview. “It’s just the touring for me – it’s time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit… I’m still going to write and put stuff out.”
As far as an album was concerned, he wasn’t ruling anything out. “I don’t think we’ve ruled anything out apart from me not wanting to tour any more on that scale. Who knows? We may do something,” Iommi said.
“We haven’t spoken about it – that’s another thing we haven’t talked about anything really that’s to do with what’s going to happen afterwards. But I’m sure something can happen somewhere.”
While there’s always the chance of a one-off reunion down the track, for his part, the band’s infamous frontman Ozzy Osbourne seemed content with drawing their careers to a close in Birmingham.
“I remember playing the Crown pub in Birmingham and thinking, ‘This’ll be good for a couple of years – drink a few beers and have a jam’,” he told the BBC before the tour. “But it was the beginning of the most incredible adventure you could think of. I’ve had the best life out of it.”
With the writing seemingly on the Facebook wall and a glorious world tour behind them, we can’t help but feel that they brought the band to a close in the best possible way.