Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Black Sabbath to finish farewell tour in hometown of Birmingham?

As Black Sabbath prepare to headline the Download Festival at Donington Park this Saturday – marking the group’s only UK appearance this year – flyers found by fans around the festival site list unconfirmed farewell tour dates in the band’s home country in early 2017.

The 7-show run appears to start January 22 in Manchester and may see the band finish their farewell trek with two shows in their hometown of Birmingham in early February.

"It would be nice to think it could finish back where it all started — in Birmingham,” guitarist Tony Iommi said during a town hall event in the city this spring. "When we are home where we started, we have always found it a bit nerve-racking, but Birmingham means such a lot to us."

Black Sabbath’s social media sites have not confirmed the 2017 dates at press time, with dates for the tour currently running to December 4 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The group just launched European dates this week and will play North and South American shows this fall.

Ozzy Osbourne returned to Birmingham last month to launch a new tram named after him.

Trams returned to the city last December after a 60-year absence.

Black Sabbath
Unconfirmed 2017 UK tour dates

Jan 22 - Manchester, UK @ Arena
Jan 24 - Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro
Jan 26 - Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
Jan 29 - London, UK @ The 02
Jan 31 - London, UK @ The 02
Feb 02 - Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
Feb 04 - Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena

See also:

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward forms new band
VIDEO: Ozzy Osbourne celebrates tram honour in Birmingham hometown
Ozzy Osbourne and son announce History Channel series
Black Sabbath and Slipknot announce Ozzfest Meets Knotfest weekend
Search Black Sabbath at hennemusic