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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says it would be nice for the band to wrap up its current farewell tour with one final show in their hometown of Birmingham, UK.
“It would be nice to think it could finish back where it all started – in Birmingham,” the Birmingham Mail reports Iommi told host Gary Newbon during an ‘Audience With..” show at the Birmingham Town Hall on March 19. “When we are home where we started, we have always found it a bit nerve-wracking, but Birmingham means such a lot to us.”
The group formed in their hometown in 1968 from the ashes of a pair of local acts: Iommi and drummer Bill Ward from Mythology, and Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler from Rare Breed.
Originally featuring two additional musicians and billed as the Polka Tuck Blues Band, the 6-piece lineup eventually became a quartet under the name Earth before ultimately becoming Black Sabbath in August of 1969…and releasing their groundbreaking self-titled debut album just six months later in February of 1970.
Black Sabbath launched the farewell run in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20 as part of a first leg of North American dates that wrapped up a few weeks ago.
Up next, the band will perform shows in Australia and New Zealand in April followed by an extensive European run, while a second North American trek starts in August with dates scheduled to wrap up in September.
During the March 19 event, Iommi also hinted that the farewell could produce a live album.
“It’s possible,” says the guitarist, “because we are doing a lot of filming during the tour, too.”
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