Thursday, September 3, 2015

Black Sabbath announce farewell tour

Black Sabbath have announced the first series of dates for their farewell world tour.

Billed as “The End”, three-quarters of the original lineup – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler – will launch the group’s final live dates in Omaha, NE on January 20.

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward recently said he needs an apology from Osbourne over remarks in recent years and a "signable contract" before he considers any conversations that might lead to a reunion of the groundbreaking UK metal band...and the tour news appears to put that issue on the backburner for the last time.

Ward declined to participate in the group’s 2013 album, “13”, and tour over a contractual dispute; the group recorded the project with Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine while Ozzy’s solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, handled live dates for the tour.

The remaining members of Black Sabbath have unveiled a month of North American live dates and a series of April shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Last fall, Osbourne said the group would record a final album together with producer Rick Rubin, but the tour announcement does not include any details about a recording project.

Meanwhile, Ozzy is working on new solo album while bailing on plans to launch a month-long residency in Las Vegas next month.

The singer will play two scheduled solo shows this fall, including a Halloween appearance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans and a November 22 headline set at Ozzfest Japan, which was originally announced by Sharon Osbourne to be Black Sabbath’s farewell concert.

Black Sabbath
The End world tour 2016

North America

Jan 20 - Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center
Jan 22 - Chicago, IL @ UNited Center
Jan 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
Jan 28 - Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre
Jan 30 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Centre
Feb 01 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Feb 03 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Feb 06 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Feb 09 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Feb 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Feb 13 - Das Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
Feb 15 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Feb 17 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Feb 18 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Feb 21 - Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
Feb 23 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Feb 25 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Australia and New Zealand

Apr 15 - Perth, @ Perth Arena
Apr 17 - Adelaide @ Entertainment Centre
Apr 19 - Melbourne @ Rod Lave Arena
Apr 23 - Sydney @ Allphones Arena
Apr 25 - Brisbane @ Entertainment Center
Apr 28 - Auckland @ Vector Arena
Apr 30 - Dunedin @ Forsyth Barr Stadium

See also:

Ozzy Osbourne working on new album
Black Sabbath guitarist attends cancer event in Birmingham
Black Sabbath guitarist to attend cancer event in Birmingham
Black Sabbath drummer still wants to reunite for farewell tour
Search Black Sabbath at hennemusic