So, word has come down today about a “final tour” for Black Sabbath. A thought about that…I’ve made a lot of noise on my site about “wait till it’s official”. Well, this one is official. The band has properly announced this. There will be a tour next year. There are no plans for an album that I’m aware of, and they haven’t announced that they’re making one. If I were a betting man, I’d go with we’d get some sort of disc out around then with some live tracks and those four studio tracks from the 13 sessions on a disc. But I have NO NEWS about that, nothing official in any way – that’s guesswork on my part.
While I don’t doubt they’ll tour next year at all, I don’t put a ton of weight behind “final tour”. We’ve all been down that path before – especially Ozzy, in 1992.
Anyway, below are the video trailer and artwork released for the 2016 tour.
FORMAL 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…
Photo credit: Mark Weiss
North American Tour Dates
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
2/1 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
2/3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
2/6 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
2/9 San Jose, CA SAP Center
2/11 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
2/13 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
2/15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
2/17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
2/19 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/21 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
2/23 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
2/25 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
Australia/New Zealand Tour Dates
4/15 Perth Perth Arena
4/17 Adelaide Entertainment Centre
4/19 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
4/23 Sydney Allphones Arena
4/25 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
4/28 Auckland Vector Arena
4/30 Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium
More dates to be announced in October 2015
Details on Tickets, VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at: www.Livenation.com