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Black Sabbath to make one last LP, possibly with Rick Rubin

By | Published on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Black Sabbath

Ozzy Osbourne has broken the news that Black Sabbath will only make one other, final, 20th LP as a band, then that’s it. No more. That’s your lot. Go away.

Apparently the idea with the new record, which they’re set to begin recording early next year, is to work with Rick Rubin again, a la 2013’s ’13’, or so Ozzy ‘believes’.

Revealing all for Metal Hammer’s ears only, Ozzy said: “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”.

Spring-boarding off that, he went on: “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”.

As for placing a basic timeline on the LP, he adds: “It’ll be sooner rather than later. Obviously a lot of it is coming down to [Sabbath guitarist] Tony [Iommi]’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!”.

Whether they’ll make time to patch things up with drummer Bill Ward for one last hurrah remains to be seen. But talking of Tony Iommi, as we were, that very man started teaching songwriting and composition-type skills at Coventry University last week, having been hired as its Visiting Professor Of Music earlier this year. Here’s a piccy of him taking his first class, an experience he described as “interesting”.