Iommi also indicated that Sabbath itself may still have a future, just not as a live act. He explained, “As I said, I’ll be doing some writing. Maybe I’ll be doing something with the guys, maybe in the studio, but no touring.”
- Iommi told us a while back that he intends to keep playing music as long as he can: [“I’ve always believed in what I do and I always … the music for me has been a major part of my life. It’s lovely just to be able to keep on doing it just to upset people. As long as I can do it, I’ll do it — and as long as I enjoy it. You’ve got to keep fit to do it at my age, so I’ll have a go (at it).”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . I’ll have a go.)
- The legendary guitarist was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2012, shortly after Sabbath revealed plans to reunite for a new album and tour.
- He soldiered on, undergoing treatment even as the band recorded its 2013 album 13 and toured extensively to promote it. His cancer is now officially in remission.
- Sabbath will play the last U.S. shows of its career next week, on November 8th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 10th in Houston, Texas and November 12th in San Antonio.
- The band will close out its live career for good in early February with two shows in its hometown of Birmingham, England, where Sabbath first came together in 1968.
Read the full interview at Ultimate Classic Rock
ASK YOUR LISTENERS:
- Would you like to hear more music from Sabbath even if they don’t tour?
- Should Tony stop playing and focus on his health and home life for a while?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Brett Feurer wrote: “Long live Tony Iommi!”
Gary Mayer wrote: “It would still be great if Sabbath recorded some more music, even after touring is over.”
Jill Forster wrote: “Eagerly awaiting more riffs from the master.”
Jeff Clark wrote: “The dude is a warrior. I really want him to be put on the same level as other guitar greats and receive acknowledgement for it while he is still alive. He may not be an all time great shredder, but he is the Riff Master General. No one else has written as many memorable licks as this guy!”
Barkley Nash wrote: “Got to respect what this guy has gone through. He was going through treatments, writing and recording music, touring and playing shows. He is the iron man.”