Published Mar 08, 2017Black Sabbath have been hinting at the end of the band since 2014, embarking on (and then extending, and then postponing and rescheduling) a pretty self-explanatory tour dubbed "The End" over the last few years. Well, the final show of that final tour took place in their UK hometown of Birmingham last month, and now the band seem to have announced their official end.
They shared an epitaph of sorts on Facebook yesterday (March 7), labelling Black Sabbath's official lifespan: "1968-2017." It was hashtagged with a simple #TheEnd.
The band was originally formed in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward. "The End Tour" featured Osbourne, Iommi and Butler, with Tommy Clufetos filling in on drums amidst a very public feud between the band and Ward.
During the final tour, Osbourne revealed that Sabbath had no plans to do another album, claiming "People aren't really interested in hearing new stuff" and that they'd rather go out on a "high note." If that holds true, 2012's 13 will stand as the group's swan song.
That's not to say there won't be plenty of opportunity for fans to shell out for new releases, though. Following a tour-exclusive outtakes release, the band released a new greatest-hits comp and a deluxe edition of Paranoid back in the fall.
We've got a feeling there will be plenty of re-releases to stuff metalheads' stockings with for years to come.
Right now, though, relive Black Sabbath's last-ever song from their last-ever live show at Genting Arena on February 4. Watch their performance of "Paranoid" via fan-shot footage below.
Get the super deluxe edition of Black Sabbath's final album here.