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Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne says that a follow-up to the band’s 19th studio album 13 is “very possible” and that he would be up for another tour. The comments come weeks after guitarist Tommy Iommi speculated on the possibility of the band’s July Hyde Park gig being their last ever.
“We haven’t really discussed it. It is possible there’s gonna be another album,” Osbourne said during a press conference ahead of Sabbath’s Sweden Rock Festival performance. “But we haven’t really sat down and decided what we’re gonna do yet. We just wanna finish this tour and then we’ll see.”
Speaking to to MetalHammer last month, Iommi upset fans happy to see the metal legends reunited by saying, “[Hyde Park] could be the last ever Sabbath show. I don’t want it to be, but there’s nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really. To be honest I don’t want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad.”
Asked about Iommi’s recent remarks to the metal outlet, Ozzy said he was keen for another round, telling a Guitar World journalist, “If it’s goodbye, we’re ending it on a high note… But I’m up for another Black Sabbath album and tour. If we can, great. If not, I’ll just carry on doing my own thing.”
Meanwhile, according to The Pulse Of Radio (via Blabbermouth), bass player Geezer Butler reckons the band already have a jump on a new album. “We’ve still got four tracks left over from . So maybe we’ll fill in the other four or five tracks and put out another album — if it’s right,” he explained. “We wouldn’t do it just for the sake of it, or the money or whatever. But yeah, maybe.”
However, in December Butler told Classic Rock Magazine, “To me, it’s been nicely rounded off now. If we did another album, it just wouldn’t have the same vibe… And with this one doing so well, the next one would have to be Number One everywhere too or people would see it as a failure.”
Watch: Sweden Rock Festival 2014 – Black Sabbath Press Conference