BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi recently spoke to the Hartford Advocate about the band’s comeback album, “13”, and their current North American tour, which will hit Mohegan Sun Arena on August 8.
Asked what it feels like playing with singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassistGeezer Butler again, Iommi said: “It’s a great feeling. You can’t beat that feeling of walking onstage, especially with your old mates, you know. I think it’s better than it was 40 years ago.”
He continued: “You know, we’ve been through a lot of experiences, family things and so on. I think when it comes back to the original guys again, it feels really comfortable. You do get — it comes along with age, I suppose — anxieties and different other things. But when you get onstage and start playing, it all settles down.
Iommi also spoke about how the new songs fit with the more classicSABBATH material during the band’s live show.
“I think the songs fit in great with the old stuff, and it’s also great to have new songs to fit in, because we haven’t had any for so many years,” he said. “As far as [playing] the whole album [live at some point]: we haven’t tried that yet. We are playing four songs off the album, but I’d be up for doing the whole thing. That’s how we recorded it, so that’s how we can play it. It’s an album that is not impossible to do, if you know what I mean. We didn’t go in the studio and put loads of stuff on. It IS live, so we could go on and play any of those songs.”
Regarding whether SABBATH fans can expect more new music in the near future, Iommi said: “I don’t know. It’s a question that’s been asked a few times. I don’t really have an answer for you. At the moment, we’re playing it — because of my [cancer] treatments and stuff — I can’t commit to doing another two years, or anything like that. I have to play it as it comes now. While I’m doing it, I’m really enjoying it. If the rest of the year goes well, then we’ll look at it and see if it’s possible to do another album. It would be very nice to.”