End Of An Era: Black Sabbath Bid Farewell To Their Fans
Birmingham grown Black Sabbath have announced that their aptly named The End tour may be their final one.
It very definitely is the end
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi (67), who has been battling with lymphoma since 2011, is said to feel the struggle as the touring years go on.
“My Body Won’t Take It Much More” – Tommy Iommi (2015)
The legendary guitarist, who’s signature style gave birth to an entire musical genre, revealed this week the need to scale back.
“I can’t actually do this anymore, my body won’t take it much more.” He goes on to confirm the band’s decision to pull the curtain on what has been one of British rock music’s most successful fairytales.
“It very definitely is the end,” confirms Iommi in an interview to the Birmingham Mail “We won’t be doing it again. (…) None of us are getting any younger, you know.”
Bill Ward vs. Ozzy Osbourne
This also follows a late clash between founding drummer Bill Ward and Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne over contract disputes. However Iommi is keen to assure that none of this is going to affect tour plans and the band is ready to hit the road with drummer Tommy Clufetos.
Clufetos is drummer in Ozzy’s solo project and previously performed with Black Sabbath on their tour in support of the album 13.
Bill Ward, a founding member and original drummer with the band, has issued a short comment to Rolling Stones Magazine on the upcoming tour plans: “I wish them well, and I have no further comment.”
The End – The Black Sabbath Farewell Tour
The supposed Black Sabbath farewell tour will kick off in mid-January and is believed to run for over a year with initial shows taking place in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
“There will be UK dates and, of course, we’ll be playing Birmingham.” – Tommy Iommi – 2015
There is no confirmation on UK dates but Tommy Iommi assured Black Sabbath fans that “there will be UK dates and, of course, we’ll be playing Birmingham. This is where it all began for us; this is where family and friends live; this is where our longest-standing fans are.” he goes on explaining, “It would be unimaginable for the Sabbath farewell tour not to include Birmingham.”
So, there you have it. If all is going to plan, Black Sabbath will be touring the UK before the band is taking it’s well-earned rest.
There may be tears
Peaking in the psychedelic 70’s, the band pioneered heavy metal in its glory days and went on to deliver fans a bible of rock classics, including their eponymously titled debut Black Sabbath (1070), Paranoid (1970), Vol.4 (1972) and Master of Reality (1971). The band’s most recent studio album is 2013’s 13, and is as heavy and eerie as their first doom-filled debut.
I have my fingers firmly crossed that through the health issues and backstage drama, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler will pull off one last tour in style to say ‘Bye’ to their fans.
Tommy Iommi predicts, “There may be tears…”. Likely, Tommi, very likely!
Black Sabbath – The Final Tour US Dates
- Omaha, CenturyLink Center (20)
- Chicago, United Center (22)
- Minneapolis, Target Center (25)
- Saskatoon, Sasktel Centre (28)
- Edmonton, Rexall Centre (30)
- Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome (1)
- Vancouver, Rogers Arena (3)
- Tacoma, Tacoma Dome (6)
- San Jose, SAP Center (9)
- Los Angeles, The Forum (11)
- Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Events Center (13)
- Denver, Pepsi Center (15)
- Kansas City, Sprint Center (17)
- Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills (19)
- Hamilton, FirstOntario Centre (21)
- Montreal, Bell Centre (23)
- New York City, Madison Square Garden (25)
Back in time: Watch Black Sabbath perform Paranoid on 6 April 1974 at the California Jam Festival