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Even since 1969, Black Sabbath have been the definition of Heavy Metal. With their angry guitar riffs, creepy lyrics and thunder rhythms, the original line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward not only shocked the peace and love generation of the 1960s, but also inspired so many bands that there are too many to list. Now the band has announced their final tour will take place in 2016.
Known for classic songs like “Black Sabbath.” “Paranoid,” War Pigs,” “Children of the Grave,” “Hole in the Sky,” and “Iron Man” to name a few. The original line-up became one of the most successful bands of the 1970s. After a number of issues related to drugs and financial problems lead to singer Ozzy Osbourne being fired from the band and becoming one of the biggest solo stars in show business.
Throughout the 1980s and on word, Sabbath had many line-up changes and included famous replacements including singer Ronnie James Dio, Drummer Vinny Appice, and singer Ian Gillan. The original four have since reformed and toured many times.
In 2012, plans were made to create a new album with the original four and producer Rick Rubin. However, drummer Bill Ward left after contract issues and has had an ongoing war of words against the rest of Sabbath ever since. Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine took over as the drummer. The album, titled 13, did well critically and financially.
Recently, the band announced 24 dates for their 2016 “The End” tour.
Jan 20: Omaha Centurylink Center, NE
Jan 22: Chicago United Centre, IL
Jan 25: Minneapolis Target Center, MN
Jan 28: Saskatoon Sasktel Centre, SK
Jan 30: Edmonton Rexall Centre, AB
Feb 01: Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome, AB
Feb 03: Vancouver Rogers Arena, BC
Feb 06: Tacoma Dome, WA
Feb 09: San Jose SAP Center, CA
Feb 11: Los Angeles The Forum, CA
Feb 13: Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center, NV
Feb 15: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
Feb 17: Kansas City Sprint Center, MO
Feb 19: Detroit Palace Of Auburn Hills, MI
Feb 21: Hamilton Firstontario Centre, ON
Feb 23: Montreal Bell Centre, QC
Feb 25: New York Madison Square Garden, NY
Apr 15: Perth Arena, Australia
Apr 17: Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Australia
Apr 19: Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, Australia
Apr 23: Sydney Allphones Arena, Australia
Feb 25: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia
Apr 28: Auckland Vector Arena, New Zealand
Apr 30: Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand
Only Ozzy, Geezer, and Tony are booked for the tour. More information will be announced throughout 2015.
Black Sabbath is my favorite band and I love the original line up. I have seen them perform at Ozzfest 2004 and 2005 and had a great time. I enjoyed the last album, but my favorite is the compilation album “We Sold Our Souls for Rock n Roll.” I wish that Bill Ward was part of this tour, but they have gotten some great drummers to fill his place. I don’t expect that they will be coming around where I live, but we will have to wait and see.
The only sticking point for me is them calling it the final tour. I never take final tours seriously. Whether it’s Sabbath, Motley Crue, or anyone else, I don’t believe they will never tour again until they are all dead.
What do you guys think?