Black Sabbath will play their last show ever in the U.S. on November 12th at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. The gig will take place nearly five years to the daythat the legendary act announced their reunion. The group has also added two more headlining shows to its North American trek, on November 8th at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and November 10th at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
These dates and the previously announced headlining slot at at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest weekend event on Saturday, September 24th in San Bernardino, California come at the end of the band’s North American tour, which kicks off on August 17th in Wantagh, New York.
- Sabbath is currently on tour in Europe for a mix of summer headlining and festival performances. They will make their final visits to Mexico and South America at the end of the year as they wind down their farewell tour.
- Bassist Geezer Butler told us that it’s a melancholy feeling visiting some countries for the last time: [“It’s sad, especially when we’re in Australia or New Zealand, I was just thinking, ‘I’m never gonna come to these places ever again.’ It’s too far to go on holiday. But yeah, it is sad. It’s like, you enjoy it.”] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . you enjoy it.)
- Sabbath will reportedly bring its storied career to a close in the band’s native England, with seven shows booked there in January and February. The last two, on February 2nd and 4th, will take place in Sabbath’s hometown of Birmingham and will likely be their final shows.
- The original lineup of Sabbath came together in 1969 with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, Tony Iommi on guitar, Butler on bass and Bill Ward on drums. That lineup recorded and toured through 1978, and periodically reformed through the ’90s and 2000s for live work.
- They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album and tour, although Ward dropped out after just a few months. The remaining trio issued the 13 album in 2013 and backed it with a successful world tour — despite Iommi being treated for lymphoma since 2012.
CHECK IT OUT: Here’s a flyer for Sabbath’s absolutely final U.K. shows being distributed this weekend at the Download Festival:
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Black Sabbath UK Tour January/February 2017
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Jeff Clark wrote: “They should do a show outside with the Mapledurham watermill (cover of the first album) in the background. EPICNESS!”
Stephan Malaggi wrote: “Dont feel bad if you miss a few of their final tours just catch the next one.”
Jill Forster wrote: “Dear Black Sabbath, if you’d just change up that set list a bit, that’d be great.”
Josh Taylor wrote: “Ozzy needs to retire, he sounds awful. Tony needs to retire to take care of his health, and Geezer…well…he could probably carry on somehow.”