Legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath have confirmed that they have split up after nearly 50 years in the music industry. The band announced the news in a series of FaceBook posts on Wednesday (March 8).
Sabbath played their last ever show in their hometown of Birmingham last month, yet many fans expected the band to continue making records. This assumption was echoed by guitarist Tony Iommi who told Planet Rock that he was ‘sure’ the band would continued to make music together. In an interview shortly after the final show Iommi explained: “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.”
He added: “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.”
It now seems that despite Iommi’s best intentions that band have decided to call it a day. On Wednesday an image appeared on the band’s official FaceBook page which read ‘Black Sabbath 1968 – 2017’ it was captioned #TheEnd. The post was accompanied by another picture of Sabbath in their hay day during the 1970s.
Although the news strikes a heavy blow in hearts of many metal fans; there is a silver lining. Frontman Ozzy Osbourne has stated that he plans to continue making solo records for as long as possible. In a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Ozzy explained: “It’s not me that wants to retire, it’s Black Sabbath, I’ll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife is good at telling me partial information, but I know I’m not hanging my boots up for a while.”