Black Sabbath were supposed to play one final show this November at Ozzfest Japan, but that quickly dissolved into an Ozzy Osbourne solo gig, possibly because of a colorful unresolved dispute between Osbourne and erstwhile drummer Bill Ward regarding Ward’s physical fitness. Now Osbourne is saying Sabbath will indeed release one last album next year and support it with a farewell tour, although those plans “could change.” As Blabbermouth reports, Osbourne shared the news at a press conference in Sao Paolo in conjunction with last weekend’s Monsters Of Rock festival:
We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don’t want to, I believe. But we are going to do another tour together.
Osbourne also indicated that he would continue his solo career after Sabbath’s last hurrah:
I’m still gonna continue my solo career. I’m doing these few [solo] gigs down here [in South America] now. Then at the beginning of next year, I’m going out with Sabbath. The Sabbath thing is folding up after the next tour, but I’m gonna continue my solo career.
It’s unclear whether this means Ward and Osbourne have patched things up, but we’ll let you know if we find out.