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BLACK SABBATH GUITARIST SHARES THOUGHTS ON GRAMMY WIN, FUTURE PLANS

2/11/2014

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi posted a new message at his official website in which he shared his thoughts on the band's recent Grammy Award win for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance and their future plans. Iommi wrote, "Well, the dust has settled on the Grammys now. (It was) great to win another one, but what a palaver. As the East Coast is three hours ahead, the televised part begins at 5 p.m. so you're leaving the hotel at lunchtime, all dolled up and ready for the red carpet! It was good, though. (There was) plenty of interest in the album still and endless questions about what we're doing next. Well, it's shows in the U.S., Canada and Europe, so far too busy with that to be thinking about more recording."

 

  • Sabbath won their Grammy during the pre-telecast portion of the event for the track "God Is Dead?" from the band's 2013 comeback album 13. The track was also nominated for Best Rock Song, while 13was nominated for Best Rock Album.
  • 13, the first Sabbath album in 35 years to feature Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne recording together, went Number One around the world, earning the band their first chart-topper ever in the U.S.
  • Butler told us not long ago why this attempt at an album worked when one in 2001 failed to take off: "When we tried it in 2001, we just went in, like, completely without any idea of what we were gonna do. We got about six reasonable songs out of it, but we knew that we had to come up to, like, a certain standard, and we didn't feel that it did so we didn't carry on with it. This time we got together and Tony, like, accumulated all these hundreds of riffs, so we had a starting point this time. There was a certain point where we went, 'Yeah, that's it, we can do it.'"
  • The group has remained ambivalent about whether they will make another record, with Butler saying, "If we have to force it, then we won't be doing it."
  • Ozzy has said he's "down for" doing another Sabbath album, although he has also stated that he still has three solo albums to deliver on his current recording contract.
  • The making of 13 was marked by several dramatic events, including founding drummer Bill Ward's withdrawal from the project over a contractual dispute and Iommi's cancer diagnosis, from which he is expected to make a full recovery.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the official music video for "Loner," from Sabbath's 13 album:

WHAT DO YOU THINK??

  • Do you want another Sabbath record or should the band leave 13 as their final statement?
  • Which of these five bands should call it a day?
    1) Metallica
    2) Guns N' Roses
    3) Creed
    4) Aerosmith
    5) Pearl Jam

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?

Donny Shattuck wrote: "I'd like to hear another album. But THREE more Ozzy solo albums ? Seriously, how is he going to do that when he takes 3-4 years between albums ? It's not like he is only 50."

John Smith wrote: "As long as Iommi has the ability to write killer metal riffs, I'll be a buyer."

Jace Nuzback wrote: "This 13 album and tour should be the Swan Song for Ozzy and Black Sabbath. Tony needs to take care of himself and Ozzy can't sing live anymore. They've given us enough. Go out on top guys."

Geezer Butler On Why A Black Sabbath Album Finally Happened

Read more at Blabbermouth, LoudwireClassic RockNoisecreep and NME


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