Fans are waiting for Black Sabbath to play one off gig with Bill Ward. Although it looks like unlikely considering the pandemic, it surely is a possibility.
In a new interview on Trunk Nation, Black Sabbath riff lord Tony Iommi talked about whether he is ok with how Black Sabbath ended and his relationship with Ronnie James Dio.
When asked about the way the band ended, he said:
Oh, it was great, to be able to go out and do a final tour. To be honest, I felt a bit bad with it ’cause it was basically my choice, my fault, because touring, for me, at that extent, wasn’t a good thing – physically.
“For my health… I mean, to get in at four o’clock in the morning from doing a gig, after you’ve done the gig, and fly back to the hotel, you know, it was a lot late nights, and you’re living a life like I used to when I was 20 and it’s just…
“I mean, even though we were traveling the best – we had our own plane, we had fabulous hotels, and we’d base ourselves in New York or Los Angeles for 10 days, or somewhere else, and do it like that: go out, fly out, do the gig, come back.
“But by the time you’ve done that, you got back into the hotel, it’s still three or four o’clock by the time you get to bed…
“And, for me, now, now, it was just difficult, and my doctor said to me to try and calm it down a bit, and it just seemed like the right thing to do at that time and just finish.
On Ronnie James Dio, he said:
“I mean, with me, especially after the Ronnie [James Dio] thing, I mean, I really loved that period [the 2006-2010 Heaven & Hell band], of when we got back with Dio, you know?
“We were really cracking on with that band – it was a great band. And then we’d done the Sabbath thing with Oz [Osbourne], which was great, to finish up. But I should think if Ronnie was alive, I’d probably be doing something with him now.”