Black Sabbath May Plan a Follow-Up to ‘13’
Black Sabbath’s latest album to feature three of the four original members drops on June 11. 13 includes Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler together again since 1979’s Never Say Die, and in a recent interview with Billboard, Butler hinted that more material could follow – even if that takes another three-plus decades to see the light of day.
While Butler called 13 a final album for the trio, who performed with Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk after Bill Ward dropped out, they haven’t ruled out another recording together: "Well, I guess you should never say never. It could be, though. We'll see how this album goes, see what happens."
Billboard details that 13 is the culmination of multiple false starts and an eventual plan to put out on album: two tracks from 1998 live album Reunion, a few more from a 2001 recording session that didn’t yield a satisfactory product, and eventually 16 songs recorded between late 2011 and early 2013 and produced by Rick Rubin. Butler said: "So if there's gonna be (another) album there's gonna be an album but I don't want to say if there's going to be a follow-up. I wouldn't mind doing another Sabbath album with them, though."
While not all tracks will appear on the standard album, Deluxe and Best Buy editions will include more songs, and the Japanese version is expected to include 13 total.
To support, Black Sabbath went on the road to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan in April and May and are scheduled for a North American trek from July 25 to September 3.