On October 19, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi will be discussing his life and career at a special “A Life In Music” event at The Emmanuel Centre in London, England. Kerrang! editor Phil Alexander will host the event and more info can be found HERE.
A new Black Sabbath photo book called “Black Sabbath: Going Through Changes” is set to be released on September 28 via Wymer. The coffee-table style book will feature numerous pictures taken throughout the U.S. and Europe back in the seventies. It will be limited to 500 copies and fans that pre-order it by September 3 will get their name printed on a dedicated fan page. Here’s everything it will come with: 128-pages in A4 hardback, custom-end papers, prints on 170gsm silk paper, digitally restored and cleaned photos, a Wibalin presentation case, and a set of five prints on 400gsm card: (1. Tony Iommi, 2. Ozzy Osbourne, 3. Geezer Butler, 4. Bill Ward, 5. Full group)
Even though Black Sabbath wrapped up their final tour last year, the idea of the band reuniting for one-off shows has continued to be a topic of discussion. Now, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi have both shown interest in playing the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. Osbourne told ITV News that it “would be fantastic” to perform at the opening ceremony “with Black Sabbath or on [his] own.” As for Iommi, Birmingham Mail are reporting that the guitarist said the following when he was asked about the idea: “I think that it would be a great thing to do to help represent Birmingham. I’m up for it! Let’s see what happens!” Fans will just have to wait and see if the group decides to return.
During a charity fundraiser at the Opus Restaurant in Birmingham, Tony Iommi was asked if Black Sabbath would ever play together again. He responded by saying “it’s highly unlikely, but [they] may.”
Here’s what Iommi had to say:
“It’s highly unlikely, but we may. You can never say never, because we’ve done it [before] … So many times, you say, ‘Oh, that’s it now,’ with different singers and this and that, and all of a sudden we’re playing together again. I would hope we could do some one-offs, but we’ll never tour the world again as we did, because it is really exhausting.”
“People think, ‘What a great life,’ and it is a great life, but it has its toll on your body. All the traveling at different hours of the day and night. You finish a show at 11 o’clock. What we’d normally do is we’d base ourselves in one place, like New York or wherever we were, and then we’d stay in New York for 10 days, fly out and do a show and fly back in the night. So by the time you get to the hotel, it’s four o’clock or five o’clock [in the morning]. And you don’t pass the time, you can’t sleep. And that’s the difficult part. Even though you travel the best way you can. You could never fault the service. We had a great plane, we had great hotels — everything was marvelous — but it’s still tiring.”
After some laughter from the crowd, Iommi added: “I think when you get to our age, it changes from when we’re 20. We could stay up all night, but now I’m 30 and it’s a different thing.” He also said “Ozzy’s going on, which is great. And one day we may [reunite onstage]. It’d be nice to do a few one-offs, but not another two years.”
Black Sabbath will be releasing a new limited edition 7″ vinyl box set, titled “Supersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set,“ on June 8. The set, which will include 10 7” singles, can be pre-ordered HERE.
01. “Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me” (2012 remaster) / “Wicked World” (2012 remaster)
02. “Paranoid” (2012 remaster) / “The Wizard” (2012 remaster)
03. “Iron Man” (single edit) (2017 remaster) / “Electric Funeral” (2012 remaster)
04. “Tomorrow’s Dream” (2012 remaster) / “Laguna Sunrise” (2012 remaster)
05. “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” (edited Version) (2018 remaster) / “Changes” (2012 remaster)
06. “Am I Going Insane?” (radio) (single edit) (2018 remaster) / “Hole In The Sky” (2012 remaster)
07. “Gypsy” (2012 remaster) / “She’s Gone” (2012 remaster
08. “It’s Alright” (2012 remaster) / “Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor” (2012 remaster)
09. “Never Say Die” (2012 remaster) / “She’s Gone” (2012 remaster)
10. “Hard Road” (single edit) (2012 remaster) / “Symptom Of The Universe” (German single edit) (2012 remaster)
On June 23 at 7 p.m., Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi will be discussing his life and career at the Birmingham Town Hall in Birmingham, England. Gary Newbon will host the event and tickets can be found HERE.