If heavy metal was born in 1970 with the release of the first Black Sabbath tour, a chapter of it is coming to an end in 2016, as Black Sabbath have announced their farewell tour. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Some Drummer Guy That’s Not Bill Ward will be undertaking what’s being billed as THE END, starting in January in Omaha. Still not announced: the opening act or who’ll be drumming for the band. The odds would have it being Tommy Clufetos, but we’ll have to wait to find out. More dates will be announced in October and tickets for these ones look to be going on sale next Saturday (12) from Live Nation.
Here’s the totally non-hyperbolic announcement from the press release:
It’s the Beginning of THE END.
It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.
In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.
Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, BLACK SABBATH. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story.
BLACK SABBATH’s farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.
When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END,
THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history…
1/20 Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center
1/22 Chicago, IL @ UNited Center
1/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
1/28 Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre
1/30 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Centre
2/01 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
2/03 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
2/06 Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
2/09 San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
2/11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
2/13 Das Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
2/15 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
2/17 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
2/18 Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/21 Hamilton, ON @ Firstontario Centre
2/23 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
2/25 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Australia & New Zealand
4/15 Perth, @ Perth Arena
4/17 Adelaide @ Entertainment Centre
4/19 Melbourne @ Rod Lave Arena
4/23 Sydney @ Allphones Arena
4/25 Brisbane @ Entertainment Center
4/28 Auckland @ Vector Arena
4/30 Dunedin @ Forsyth Barr Stadium