A year after embarking on a farewell tour which has seen them trot their way around the globe for several months, Black Sabbath played their final concert in their home city of Birmingham on 4 February 2017.
However, when he was asked in November 2016 about his plans after the final tour, guitarist & main songwriter Tony Iommi stated that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of new material: “I’ll be doing some writing. Maybe I’ll be doing something with the guys, maybe in the studio, but no touring.” Osbourne was adamant this is the end, but intends to carry on with solo work, having already returned following a 1992 ‘final’ solo tour. Osbourne actually has some solo dates planned! Iommi also said that he does not rule out the possibility of one-off shows: “I wouldn’t write that off, if one day that came about. That’s possible. Or even doing an album, ’cause then, again, you’re in one place. But I don’t know if that would happen.”
So, was that really the final concert? From what I’ve heard, it certainly sounds like everyone was treating the concert like it was their last. Judging by the setlist, it looks like the band played some of their greatest hits including “War Pigs”, “Iron Man” & “Paranoid”. The final song was streamed live on the band’s Facebook page and fireworks went off as the band took their final bow. But perhaps that was just the final concert of the final tour. And if Iommi isn’t ruling out the possibility of one-off shows, then perhaps Black Sabbath will occasionally reunite & surprise us with heavy, scary, apocalyptic one-off concerts when we’re least expecting it. Maybe we could start a petition for an “Absolutely Final Black Sabbath Concert” to take place on the roof of Buckingham Palace. I’ll provide a bat if necessary.