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TonyIommibig Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has told Metal Hammer that Black Sabbath’s headline appearance at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival at London’s Hyde Park might be the band’s final show.

The July 4th show, the closing date on the band’s summer 2014 tour, will see Sabbath headline above Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead and Soulfly on the festival’s main stage. And according to Iommi, it could be the end of the road for the legendary band.

“It could be the last ever Sabbath show,” the guitarist admits. “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.”

Iommi has been undergoing medical treatment since being diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012. The guitarist completed his treatment in March and is now awaiting an update on his condition.

“I’m at a stage now where I have no support, which means I have to see whether the cancer is coming back or if it’s still there or what,” he says. “I just don’t know. It’s a bit of a worry. After we finish this tour I’ll go in and have scan, so we’ll see what that shows up.”

“But the show at Hyde Park will a great way to end the European tour,” he says. “It has a really great bill, with a really good mix of people. We haven’t made any specific plans as the gig is a way off yet, but I think it’ll be special.”



  1. Its tough to hear that a band u grew up with is potentally calling it quits in the near future….kinda makes u wonder what music/touring landscape will be like in 10 years when the bands we knew are pretty much gone…

    1. Sad but true, but that’s the nature of life. As we get older things get taken away from us. What’s even more depressing is that, based on the tone of Tony’s comments, his health is most likely deteriorating. As such he probably knows his end is approaching.

      1. Yep we get to a point in life where life stops giving and starts taking….fortunately for us, we got to see some great bands…we didnt have to grow up on american idol crap..

        1. Listen to yourself. What is wrong with you? I wanna talk metal with you folks and you’re all getting BREAKING BAD and shit. No more of this William Wordsworth talk about getting old and dying and AMERICAN IDOL and f@#king HE PROBABLY KNOWS HIS END IS APPROACHING. I’m taking away both of your RIDE THE LIGHTNING’S and GARAGE DAYS albums. What kinda macabre nonsense is this? Is this EDDIE TRUNK or METSBLOG people? I’d have a beer with you two but I’m afraid you’ll talk about incest and eternal damnation. If you have early PEARL JAM albums throw them out now. Get them outta the house. If you need someone to talk to I’mhere for you. I have dirt on my boss so I’m on this site constantly

  2. Just saw them three weeks ago at the Hollywood Bowl….Amazing show….Ozzy sounded good and Iommi was spot on….so glad my girl got me tickets for XMAS !!!

  3. Totally agree with Eric , all our bands we grew up with and loved are falling 1 by 1. In 10 years I seriously doubt any of them will be around. Sucks to be growing older , Id like to press the pause button on life right now

    1. Thanks bob…yeah somtimes its tough to wrap your head around the fact that time can fly by…luckily we have good albums, memories of great shows we seen, youtbe and of couse Mr. Ed trunk and TMS…even if paul stanley doesnt like

  4. Getting older doesn’t suck.its part of life.tonys not going any where except vacation.I’ve been a fan for 37 years.i wish him all the best in his recovery.godspeed..

  5. Slow down mopes, what are you all going through menapause? The guy is in his 60s and he had a lifealtering experience with cancer and he’s pondering his future. Good for him, he requires time to put things in perspective. We had a 3rd go around with Dio, then a 3rd go around with Ozzy. He still needs 1 more with Gillan, I think he has 3 with Hughes but I think he still needs a Tony Martin mark 3 go around so there is much more to do. NATURE OF LIFE? MUSICAL LANDSCAPES IN A DECADE? No more listening to the 1st 6 SABBATH albums for any of you. The music is timeless. 43 years after BLACK SABBATH came out, 13 came out. Never say die people. Ride it out and see what happens next. We have KISS with Gene Simmons son to look forward to in 10 years. Sabestian Bach and Zakk Wylde are young. Wolfgang Van Halen not even 20. No more tears. Get up and go. God bless Tony Iommi, God bless Bruce Dickinson, God bless Taimi Down? WTF….

    1. No menapause here..just paying tribute to a band we all love and grew up with…and the realization that whats coming down the pike isnt going to be up to par….shitty festivals like ozzfest and rock on the range may become the norm…

    2. Through the years you have posted some of the nastiest comments ever on this website and now you want to be this great unifier. You Richman, are a nasty Bill Ward and Paul Stanley worshipper and you have absolutely no business critiquing peoples feelings. Go home and listen to IT’S ALRIGHT and STRUTTER and stay off of the computer you uninspired dip shit.

      1. IT’S ALRIGHT is very BEATLESESQUE, G N’ R covered it well on one their to use your term “uninspired” live compilations. Glad you’ve been reading my comments. NOW GET YOUR FUCKING SHINEBOX.

  6. I have had the same thoughts. As we and the bands we love age ,there will be less and less around to carry the torch. I’m sorry to say that there have been very few bands that have come out in the last 20 years that do a lot for me. Most of them are only around a album or two and break up any way. It’s hard to invest yourself in a band that likely will not be around that long. Sad thing for me is that many of my favorite bands are hitting their end, AC/DC, Sabbath, Motorhead,Scorpions,Aerosmith,Judas Priest all could be gone in the near future. This eaves a vacuum in bands that actually know how to put on a full fledgesd rock show.

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