In a recent interview with Music Radar, Geezer Butler revealed that the band had contemplated following up 13 with a blues album.
“The follow-up to ’13’ was going to be a blues album, but the tour got in the way. It would take something like two or three years to do it properly, and we thought we might not all be here by that time, so it would be better to do this final tour first and then maybe we’ll do a blues record later.”
When the interviewer, Jamie Blaine, pointed out that if they were to record the album jam style that it might not take as long as thought, Geezer had this to say:
“Probably not. You’d have to make it varied instead of doing ten tracks of the same old twelve-bar blues though. But even back in the ‘Heaven And Hell’ tour days, Tony would go up into his lead and we would just jam around blues riffs for eight or nine minutes. And every night was different. So that is a thought.”
A lot of fans were not happy with 13, most of this stems from the fact that Bill Ward was not included in the recording of the album, or subsequent tour. So would fans want to hear a blues album by Sabbath? No doubt you can hear the blues come out of Tony Iommi’s playing, especially when he performs his elongated solos on any of the band’s live albums, and even at roughly 9 minutes, that’s really only one song, not a whole album worth of material. Sabbath have never liked the term heavy metal, or metal, they have always shied away from the term, and have always referred to themselves as a heavy rock band. To me what separates them from bands that took the genre to another level like Judas Priest, is that they relied heavily on the blues, when Priest essentially removed it, doused it with gas, and set the blues a fire with the first true forays into metal. But sometimes the legend, or the notion of something outlives what actually took place. And maybe after realizing that a blues album would not chart anywhere near as high as 13 they decided to forego the notion of releasing another studio album.
Now a live album is a different story, they did release The Gathering Of The Masses album, DVD, BluRay which was taken from the 13 tour, but now they’re working on releasing their final show. This was actually a home coming show, and was shot at the same arena where their Reunion album, VHS/DVD was recorded. One could assume that this will take much less than two to three years to release. It is a shame that they will not continue as a studio entity, but we will hopefully have some new great music releases by Geezer, Tony and Ozzy to look forward to in the future.
Original Music Radar story: http://www.musicradar.com/news/geezer-butler-talks-black-sabbath-bass-playing-and-the-end