Now Butler has revealed there’s a wealth of leftover material from the sessions, and suggested that these songs could be released with more new material soon.
‘We’ve still got four tracks leftover from the album,’ he told Time Out, ‘so maybe we’ll fill in the other four or five tracks and put out another album.
‘If it’s right. We wouldn’t do it just for the sake of it, or the money or whatever. But yeah, maybe.’
A large catalyst for the reunion album – which came after Ozzy was fired from the band in 1979 – was guitarist Iommi being diagnosed with lymphoma.
However Butler signalled the guitarist has returned to full health, and hinted the band might consider ringing in a 50 year anniversary in 2018.
‘50 years? Well Tony is probably healthier than everybody else now, after all the stuff they’ve done to him,’ he said. ‘He’s really done well, he’s definitely in remission now.’
Asked if he had any regrets over the 45 year tenure of band – which he quit on three occasions – Butler replied: ‘You can’t have any regrets because that’s your life. You’re lucky to be alive anyway, and whatever life gives you, that’s your life. So no, I don’t have any regrets.’