TONY IOMMI Doesn't Know What OZZY OSBOURNE Meant When He Said He 'Didn't Have A Great Time' On BLACK SABBATH's Final Tour
Tony Iommi doesn’t know what Ozzy Osbourne meant when he said that he ”didn’t have a great time” on BLACK SABBATH’s final tour.
Ozzy recently told The Inquirer that his last tour with BLACK SABBATH — the band’s farewell trek which ended in February 2017 — was not a pleasant experience for him. He explained: ”I didn’t have a great time. I spent nine or 10 years in SABBATH, but I’d been away from them for over 30 years. With them, I’m just a singer. With me, I get to do what I want to do. I was getting bad vibes from them for being Ozzy. I don’t know — what the fuck else can I be?”
Asked by The List if he had a response to Ozzy’s comments, Iommi said: ”I saw that, but I don’t know what he meant. I had a great time on the last tour playing with the guys, and Ozzy never mentioned anything to me. He seemed to enjoy it and we had a laugh, so I don’t know. So I think possibly that quote was taken out of context.”
Iommi also confirmed that he is still involved in music, even though it’s been nearly two years since SABBATH played its last concert.
”I couldn’t stop playing, but the thing is now I can do it in my own time,” he said. ”When you are touring, it’s booked for 18 months — which is fantastic; I love playing on stage. The reason I stopped was the travelling. It takes it out of your body. Even though we travelled with our own plane, great hotels, you still get tired and get to bed at four or five in the morning, but I still love being on stage, I love playing and I love seeing the fans. At the moment, I’m in the process of remixing [BLACK SABBATH’s 1995 album] ’Forbidden’ with Tony Martin [vocals], Cozy Powell [drums] and Neil Murray [bass]. That’s an album I’ve never been satisfied with, so I’m about to start pulling that apart and remix it.”
Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma in late 2011. He underwent treatment throughout the recording of BLACK SABBATH’s reunion album, titled ”13”, and the subsequent tour to promote it.
The BLACK SABBATH guitarist also successfully underwent an operation in January 2017 to remove a noncancerous lump from his throat.
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