OZZY OSBOURNE: ‘It’s Not Me That Wants To Retire; It’s BLACK SABBATH’

OZZY OSBOURNE: ‘It’s Not Me That Wants To Retire; It’s BLACK SABBATH’

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BLACK SABBATH will bring its storied career to a close in the band’s native England, with seven shows booked there in January and February. The last two, on February 2 and February 4, will take place in SABBATH‘s hometown of Birmingham and will likely be their final shows.

“[Guitarist] Tony Iommi wants to do 80 shows [as part of ‘The End’ tour],” SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne told Billboard.com. “We’re doing 80 shows. It’s good enough. I wouldn’t mind extending the tour for another few gigs. There’s a lot of people who won’t get to see us, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Osbourne also made it clear that it wasn’t his call to stop touring with SABBATH. “It’s not me that wants to retire; it’s BLACK SABBATH,” he said. “I’ll be continuing my own musical thing. My wife [and manager Sharon Osbourne] is good at telling me partial information, y’know, but I know I’m not hanging ’em up for awhile.

“Being Ozzy Osbourne solo again is not a job. It’s a passion. It’s a love. It’s the biggest, greatest love affair of my life.”

They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album and tour, although Ward dropped out after just a few months. The remaining trio issued the “13” album in 2013 and backed it with a successful world tour — despite Iommi being treated for lymphoma since 2012.

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