|photo: Ross Halfin|
Black Sabbath performed the final concert of their farewell tour at the Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham, UK on February 4 and video from the show is available.
The reunited trio of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler delivered a 16-song set of classic 1970s tracks and fan favorites as they wrapped up a year-long world trek to wind down a legendary career that spans five decades.
Billed as “The End”, the group first announced farewell tour plans in late 2015 before launching the run with the first of three North American legs in Omaha, NE on January 20, 2016.
“Well, the end of our final tour is here,” posted Iommi on social media. “4 continents, 26 countries and 81 dates later we are back home in Birmingham for our final show.”
The tour was not without controversy as the group were joined by Osbourne’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos in place of original member Bill Ward, who chose to sit out the Sabbath reunion in 2012 and the farewell run over contractual issues and a dispute with Osbourne over remarks in recent years.
Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham in 1968 from the ashes of a pair of local acts: Iommi and Ward from Mythology, and Osbourne and Butler from Rare Breed. Originally featuring two additional musicians and billed as the Polka Tuck Blues Band, the 6-piece lineup eventually became a four-piece 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.
Well, the end of our final tour is here. 4 continents, 26 countries and 81 dates later we are back home in Birmingham for our final show. pic.twitter.com/nInLqazJzW— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) February 4, 2017
The final song and final bow pic.twitter.com/r0OJimzfjJ— BlackSabbath (@BlackSabbath) February 4, 2017
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