The band have reportedly opted out of making another studio album

Black Sabbath have reportedly ‘opted against’ recording a final album.

Ozzy Osbourne had previously stated that the band would record a last studio album with producer Rick Rubin.

It seems that Osbourne – who is due to play New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest – has told New Orleans’ Times-Picayune that the band’s plans have changed and they are no longer proceeding with a follow-up to their last studio album, 13.

“It’s the end of Sabbath, believe me,” he said.

“In December, I’ll be fucking 68 and I think it’s time to call it the end of the day. I’m not saying I won’t get on stage with Geezer or Tony (Iommi) or any of them some time, but officially we’re going to be done.

“I don’t want it to dwindle and dwindle and play just for the sake of making another fucking sack full of cash. So it’s time, and then I’ll go back to doing my own thing.”

A representative for the group has confirmed to Rolling Stone that Black Sabbath have opted out of recording another studio album for their label, Universal.

The band will instead concentrate on their farewell tour – dubbed The End – which begins on January 20 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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