TONY IOMMI Reveals Why BLACK SABBATH Turned Down Offer To Play This Year’s POWER TRIP Festival

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Tony Iommi revealed that BLACK SABBATH received an offer to perform at the Power Trip festival this autumn. He shared this information on yesterday’s (Thursday, June 22) edition of SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk.”

Iommi was asked if there was talk of SABBATH doing the show, to which he responded: “Yes, there was. But I didn’t, at that point… It’s hard, because Ozzy‘s [OsbourneSABBATH singer] been going through a lot of stuff lately. He’s in hospital and out of hospital, and he’s really been fighting it; he really wants to get out there.

“But in my mind, it’s very difficult to sort of say yes,” he continued. “I’ve gotta think of the people in the band as well. I’ve gotta think of Ozzy, if he’s gonna be all right to do a show and whatever. So I wasn’t that comfortable with it. But I didn’t know Ozzy [chuckles] would be doing it on his own. But it’s great. I hope he can do it and that it’ll be really good. He really wants to do it. And he’s really trying to pull to get himself back. He’s had to go through such a lot of hard stuff lately. It’s such a shame, really. But he’s still fighting there.”

Tony was asked to confirm if the original SABBATH lineup was invited to play Power Trip, but he ultimately decided against it.

“Yeah. Sort of, yeah,” he said. “I mean, we hadn’t approached the others as far as doing it. They might have said no. But it didn’t get much further than me, really. But, yeah, that’s the way it is.

“If you’re gonna go out, I want to do a good show. I want to go out on the top and do it. I don’t wanna just go and slap something together. And I’m not saying it would have been, but it could have been difficult.”

Ozzy Osbourne is set to participate in the 2023 installment of the Power Trip festival alongside GUNS N’ ROSESAC/DCMETALLICAIRON MAIDEN and TOOL as one the headliners of the Goldenvoice-produced festival.

Although the 74-year-old Osbourne had to cancel some of his earlier planned tours due to health complications, the iconic BLACK SABBATH singer expressed his intention to come back if his health situation gets better.

This three-day festival, produced by Goldenvoice, is scheduled to occur from Friday, October 6th to Sunday, October 8th at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. GUNS N’ ROSES and IRON MAIDEN will take the stage on Friday, AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne on Saturday, and METALLICA and TOOL will close out the event on Sunday.

BLACK SABBATH played their final concert on 4 February 2017 in Birmingham. The final song was streamed live on the band’s Facebook page and fireworks went off as the band took their final bow. On 7 March 2017, SABBATH announced their disbandment through posts made on their official social media accounts.