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.”


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  • Eric Heaton on

    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…

    • Medved on

      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.

    • Eric Heaton on

      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..

    • Richman on

      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

    • DR on

      Exactly what ‘dirt’ do you have on me Richman?

    • Medved on

      Take your meds dude!

    • AH on

      I think about that a lot. I try to see older bands as much as possible for that very reason. A time machine would be nice…

  • Brad on

    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 !!!

  • Matt on

    Sabbath was over once Bill was no longer in the band.

    • Medved on

      I’ve never missed him once.

    • jack wood on

      Not at all Matt. Sabbath sounded great on this last tour. Toni and Geezer were really tight.

    • DR on

      So was Sabbath over the first time he left? The second time he left? Or just now?

    • Richman on

      The ‘dirt’ I have on you involves 7 virgins and a mule. Keep it cool. Keep it cool.

    • DR on

      You said you would never speak of that night!

  • Bob on

    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

    • Eric Heaton on

      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

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  • randyrock on

    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..

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