Less than a year after scoring their first number one album in the United States with 13, the metal pioneers in Black Sabbath may be getting ready for a followup, says bassist Geezer Butler.
“We’ve still got four tracks left over from the album,” he told Time Out Dubai, “so maybe we’ll fill in the other four or five tracks and put out another album. If it’s right. We wouldn’t do it just for the sake of it, or the money or whatever. But yeah, maybe.”
13 was the first Black Sabbath album to feature original members Butler, Tony Iommi, and Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!. Drummer Bill Ward is the only original member that did not participate in the album, which also scored the band a Grammy for Best Metal Performance with the single “God is Dead?”
The album was not an easy process, especially considering Iommi’s battle wit lymphoma, and while a new album may be in the works their touring days may be in jeopardy. Black Sabbath’s current performance schedule is slated to wrap up on July 4th at London’s Hyde Park, and the guitarist hinted to Metal Hammer that it could be their last due to his health.
“It could be the last ever Sabbath show,” Iommi stated. “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.”