Despite rumours that they would continue, Black Sabbath have just confirmed that they have indeed split up after 49 years together.
Last month in their hometown of Birmingham, the band played what was billed as their ‘final gig’, with a career-spanning set that covered all their classic tunes. However, despite all the signs, guitarist Tony Iommi then went on to say that he was ‘sure’ the band could make more music together.
“It’s just the touring for me. It’s time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit… When you’re touring you’ve got to go out for six, eight, 12 months or whatever, and you’ve got a schedule that you have to do. Now, if I want to do some TV for a month, I can do that. I don’t think we’ve ruled anything out, apart from me not wanting to tour any more. Who knows? We may do something. We haven’t spoken about it. We haven’t talked about anything, really — but I’m sure something can happen somewhere.”
However, Iommi’s words have now been seriously cast into doubt as the band has posted what seems to be an official ending and obituary, with an image with the words “Black Sabbath: 1968-2017” along with the caption #TheEnd — along with a classic photo of Sabbath in their ’70s prime.