Black Sabbath documentary planned

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

Guitarist Tony Iommi says there’s a Black Sabbath documentary planned.

Sabbath played 81 live dates on their The End tour across North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, bringing the curtain down on their 49-year career with a sold out show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February.

And NBC News reports that Iommi is in “the process of mixing the sound from the final Sabbath shows in Birmingham for a possible live album.”

The guitarist adds: “We’ll actually be doing a documentary. My job at the moment is to have a listen to what we’ve done.”

Iommi also speaks about the choral composition he worked on titled How Good It Is, which he wrote for the Birmingham Cathedral.

He says: “It really wasn’t anything to do with religion. I don’t follow any religious path… religiously. It just seemed like a nice thing to do. It was really nice to work with a choir and to do something for our city.

“I enjoy the challenge of doing something most people wouldn’t expect from me.”

Iommi adds: “I sort of could hear the thing in my head. I knew I would not write anything with really heavy riffs – the idea was to record it in the cathedral.

“I put an idea down, sent to the reverend, she really liked it and that was it.”

Hear How Good It Is below.

Last week, Sabbath bassist Geezer Bulter revealed that the band were planning to record a blues album as a follow-up to 2013’s 13 - but their extensive final touring plans “got in the way.”

He said: “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 the final tour first and then maybe we’ll do a blues record later.”

Black Sabbath: The Story Behind Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.