Black Sabbath: 1968-2017 RIP

Black Sabbath have officially announced they have split up.

Last month, the band played what was billed as their ‘final gig’ with a career-spanning set in their native Birmingham. However, guitarist Tony Iommi then went on to say that he was ‘sure’ the band could make more music together.

“It’s just the touring for me. It’s time to stop roaming the world and be at home for a bit,” he said. “When you’re touring you’ve got to go out for six, eight, 12 months or whatever, and you’ve got a schedule that you have to do. Now, if I want to do some TV for a month, I can do that.”

Iommi continued: “I don’t think we’ve ruled anything out, apart from me not wanting to tour any more. Who knows? We may do something. We haven’t spoken about it. We haven’t talked about anything, really – but I’m sure something can happen somewhere.”

However, the band have posted what seems to be an official announcement that the band is over with an image with the words “Black Sabbath: 1968-2017” along with the caption #TheEnd – along with a classic photo of Sabbath in their ’70s prime.

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