Monday, May 7, 2012

Black Sabbath sell out homecoming show in 10 minutes

On Saturday, May 19, the mostly-reunited Black Sabbath will play their first hometown show in 13 years at Birmingham’s 02 Academy.

The date serves as both a warm-up for the band’s June 10 date at Download, while also helping deliver proceeds from the event to the Help for Heroes project.

The Sunday Mercury reports the heavy metal legends sold out their homecoming show in 10 minutes.

The quickness of the sell-out shouldn’t surprise anyone, but it made some UK headlines because a fan was upset that he wasn’t able to score tickets, which quickly popped up for resale online at £250 – more than for five times the original price of £45.

“Sadly, some people feel the need to purchase tickets and put them on the secondary market,” said promoter Andy Copping. “I personally find it disgusting and unethical but until the government do something and pass some legislation to outlaw this practice, we are powerless.”

“What makes matters worse is that the show will be making a sizeable financial contribution to charity,”
continued Copping, “maybe the people that are seeking to profiteer from their tickets should donate the additional money they make to the charity, then at least it’s going to a good cause.”

With Bill Ward holding out for a better contract, there’s still no official word on who will be handling drum duties for the Birmingham gig, or the other two Sabbath shows – June 10 at Download and August 3 at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

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