Black Sabbath fans rejoice! There has been reports that a Sabbath documentary is in the works!
The Birmingham crew took to the stage for the last time in February with their The End tour (which sounds pretty definite). They then officially shot down rumours of any future tours when they took to their official twitter page to confirm their split, and with the hashtag “#The End” extinguishing fans hopes of a reunion.
They posted an image with the words “Black Sabbath: 1968-2017”– along with a classic photo of Sabbath in their ’70s prime.
Before the post Guitarist Tony Iommi had gotten the rumour mill rolling when he made comments hinting that future appearances might not be out of the question.
He said: “I wouldn’t write that off, if one day that came about. That’s possible. Or even doing an album, because then you’re in one place. But I don’t know if that would happen.”
Well Iommi’s definitely not ready for retirement! The guitarist now says there’s a Black Sabbath documentary planned!
NBC News reports that Iommi is in “the process of mixing the sound from the final Sabbath shows in Birmingham for a possible live album.”
The guitarist added: “We’ll actually be doing a documentary. My job at the moment is to have a listen to what we’ve done.”
When Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward formed Sabbath in 1968, they introduced a brand new sound to music. The new sound was largely owed to Iommi who, developed a distinct style of playing due to an unfortunate accident when he was 17. He lost the tips of the middle fingers on his fretting hand in a factory accident and he was told he wouldn’t play again. He crafted homemade plastic finger tips and detuned his strings to make it easier for him to play. This not only allowed him to play again but also created the distinct new sound that Sabbath became known for.
Iommi is a busy man at present and is also working on a new project that’s taken him in a different musical direction. When speaking with NBC News he opened up about the choral composition he worked on titled How Good It Is, which he wrote for the Birmingham Cathedral.
He said: “It really wasn’t anything to do with religion. I don’t follow any religious path… religiously. It just seemed like a nice thing to do. It was really nice to work with a choir and to do something for our city.”
“I enjoy the challenge of doing something most people wouldn’t expect from me.”
Iommi added: “I sort of could hear the thing in my head. I knew I would not write anything with really heavy riffs – the idea was to record it in the cathedral.
“I put an idea down, sent to the reverend, she really liked it and that was it.”
Picture Credit: aka Francois aka Mister Pink