Monday, September 7, 2015

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi about "The End" tour: "I can't actually do this anymore"


Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was recently interviewed by Birmingham Mail, you can read some excerpts below.


About the band's decision to call it quits. Tony said: "I can't actually do this anymore. My body won't take it much more. I don't want the cancer creeping back again. And all the travelling involved in Sabbath tours increasingly takes its toll. That's why we're going out on one last tour, to say our farewells. And then it very definitely is the end. We won't be doing it again."

He continued: "We've been doing this for getting on for 50 years now. It's about time we draw the line, don't you think? It's been great but it's time to stop now. Don't get me wrong, I still love gigging. It's all the travelling and the exhaustion that goes with it that's the problem. That side of things has a big impact on me. Yes, we may fly in luxury, stay in the very best hotels, ride in the most comfortable limos, but there's still a physical cost to touring. Even when we build in rest breaks, I have to have blood tests every six weeks, I find it tough going. You take a long haul flight, arrive somewhere at five in the morning and book into a hotel. There's the soundcheck, the promotional work, the gig itself, then you're back at the hotel to collapse into bed. Then next day you get to do it all over again."

Iommi added: "I love being up there onstage, playing with Sabbath. What I don't love is all the other stuff necessary to enable that to happen. None of us are getting any younger, you know. Sabbath's farewell tour will be around a year long, including the rest breaks. Maybe a little longer. It'll be a big production and we'll be putting together a setlist that traces the band's career from our eary days in Birmingham. All the fan favorites will be in there, and we're looking to include some songs we've rarely performed live, too."

About the possibility of original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward returning to the band for its final tour, Iommi said: "That depends on Bill. We met up again six weeks ago and we got on great, but it's down to Bill. Our plans as they stand are to tour with Ozzy, Geezer Butler, myself and Ozzy's drummer Tommy Clufetos, who did so well on the last tour. He can do things with drums that still amaze me. His solos last time out were mind-boggling."

About a new Sabbath album, Iommi said: "I've been busy writing songs ever since the '13' sessions. At that point, we thought there might be another Sabbathalbum. But that's up in the air now so I don't know when or where they might appear. The tracks are ready, though."