Other band responsibilities got in project’s way
By David Sands
April 6, 2017
Geezer Butler has revealed that Black Sabbath had been mulling over the idea of recording a blues album, but those plans got derailed by the needs of their recent farewell tour.
“The follow-up to 13 was going to be a blues album, but the tour got in the way,” the bassist told Music Radar in an April 5 interview. “It would take something like two or three years to do it properly, and we thought we might not all be here by that time, so it would be better to do the final tour first and then maybe we’ll do a blues record later.”
Black Sabbath began its journey as a blues-rock band back in 1968, but later changed its sound to accommodate a supernatural horror aesthetic. The group’s farewell tour, The End, wrapped up in February in their hometown of Birmingham, England.
While The End marks the finale of Sabbath’s sustained touring days, the group’s guitarist, Tony Iommi, gave fans hope back in February that they still might have a few more one-off shows — and even another recording — up their sleeves.
“I wouldn’t write that off, if one day that came about. That’s possible. Or even doing an album, ’cause then, again, you’re in one place,” Iommi said in an interview with Blabbermouth. “But I don’t know if that would happen.”
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