BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) took part in a press conference yesterday (Monday, April 7) before their concert at Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Video footage of the question-and-answer session can be seen below (courtesy of CHOM and Musik Universe). Photos are available at MusikUniverse.net.
At the end of yesterday's press conference, Iommi, Butler and Osbourne were presented with platinum plaques by Universal in for Canadian sales of BLACK SABBATH's 2013 comeback album, "13", (100,000 copies) and their live album and DVD/Blu-ray, "Live... Gathered In Their Masses" (10,000 copies).
Talking about how the band is aging more gracefully, Ozzy said, "We don't get stoned, we don't get drunk, we don’t smoke cigarettes, we don't do anything to stay high."
"So what do you guys do for fun?" a journalist asked.
"Masturbate!" Ozzy cracked, much to the delight of everybody.
Regarding the prospects of BLACK SABBATH releasing a follow-up reunion album, Ozzy said: "We haven't discussed it, but I'm all for it. I'm 65 now but I'‘m really enjoying my work."
Iommi agreed: "Yeah, I think we're up to it."
"13" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in June 2013, the first SABBATH album to ever top the U.S. chart.
The disc features Ozzy, Butler and Iommi playing together for the first time in 35 years. Their last effort together was 1978's "Never Say Die!"
"13" has sold more than 360,000 copies in the United States since its June 2013 release.
"Black Sabbath: Live… Gathered In Their Masses" sold around 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 2 on the Top Music Videos chart. Released on November 26, 2013, the set was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when the band kicked off its world tour in support of "13".
BLACK SABBATH's current North American tour consists of a series of 10 shows encompassing mostly Canadian stops until winding down on April 26 in Los Angeles. According to a press release, these gigs are among the final shows that SABBATH does in support of "13".
A contract dispute led drummer Bill Ward to sit out the reunion, which was also marred by Iommi's cancer diagnosis in early 2012.
BLACK SABBATH was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. BLACK SABBATH was nominated for the track "God Is Dead?", from "13". BLACK SABBATH's "God Is Dead?" also picked up a nomination in the "Best Rock Song" category. In addition, "13" earned a nod for "Best Rock Album", alongside LED ZEPPELIN's "Celebration Day" and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's "…Like Clockwork", among others.