“There will definitely be no more Sabbath – it’s done,” said Butler in a new interview with Eonmusic.
The band last held shows back in 2017, which culminated in two concerts in their home city of Birmingham, UK. The wrap to the band’s legendary career – on the aptly named The End tour – was a bittersweet affair for the bassist.
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“I had a great time on the final tour, especially knowing it was the end,” the 71-year-old said. “I seemed to put a lot of extra effort in, knowing that people wouldn’t see us again. I would have liked to do more dates, but [Tony Iommi’s] cancer treatment meant we had to shorten the tour.”
Elsewhere in his interview, Butler also revealed that COVID-19 may have also spelt the end to Deadland Ritual, his hard rock supergroup that also includes vocalist Franky Perez, guitarist Steve Stevens and drummer Matt Sorum.
“We had an album worth of songs to record, then COVID struck, which put an end to recording,” he said. “So I’m not sure if Deadland Ritual will ever carry on.”
With no new music in the works, Butler’s attention has been focused on an entirely new project: a memoir. Much like Ozzy Osbourne’s 2009 autobiography, I Am Ozzy, the book will chart Butler’s youth in Birmingham and the formation of Black Sabbath.
“I’ll be locking myself away in January to finally put all the pieces together and finally finish the book,” Butler said.
He added: “I’ve enjoyed being at home with my wife and animals, and seeing my grandkids every week. So, hopefully next year will be COVID-free, and very productive!”
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