Tony Iommi has speculated that Black Sabbath’s live Hyde Park set this summer could be their last.
The band will headline the British Summer Time Festival in London on the 4th of July, topping a bill that also includes Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead, Soulfly, Hell, Bo Ningen and Wolfmother.
Speaking to Metal Hammer ahead of the show, Iommi revealed that the band don’t have any plans for further live dates following the festival and that, combined with his ill health, it could be the last time that they play together in public.
“It could be the last ever Sabbath show,” the guitarist says. “I don’t want it to be, but there’s nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really. To be honest I don’t want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad.”
Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012 and completed a course of treatment in March of this year. He is currently awaiting an update from his doctors. “I’m at a stage now where I have no support, which means I have to see whether the cancer is coming back or if it’s still there or what,” he says. “I just don’t know. It’s a bit of a worry. After we finish this tour I’ll go in and have scan, so we’ll see what that shows up.”
Black Sabbath are currently touring in support of their latest studio album, 13.