Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Black Sabbath add German festival dates to farewell tour

Black Sabbath have added a pair of festival dates to their farewell tour of Europe.

Over the June 3-5, 2016 weekend, the band will perform at Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park events.

Both festivals share the same lineup over the course of the three days.

Tickets for both events will go on sale on October 30 at noon local time.

Black Sabbath’s 2016 tour, billed as “The End”, marks the group’s final series of live shows after a five-decade career.

The extensive run begins January 20 in Omaha, NE before dates in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and a return to North America.

Guitarist Tony Iommi recently revealed that his cancer issues have brought about the need for the farewell run after five decades on the road.

“I can’t actually do this anymore,” said Iommi. “My body won’t take it much more.”

The 67-year old – who was diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012 – continues to have regular checkups on the health issue.

“I have finished my courses of treatment,” he says. “Now it’s a case of keeping tabs on things. I have the blood tests every six weeks, and then there’s a bigger check-up every now and then to make sure that all is still well. I have my next one in a couple of weeks, and hopefully everything will be fine.

“It’s horrible. I even dream about it. But that’s my life now. The surgeon told me he doesn’t expect the cancer to go away. There’s a 30 per cent chance that it could, but more than likely it will come back and it could be any time. I could be here another 10 years or just one year – I don’t know.”

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