Published Sep 03, 2015It's been about a year since Black Sabbath began to sketch out plans for their final tour, but it looks like the end is here. The Birmingham, UK-bred gods of gloom have announced their farewell tour.
The trip, ominously dubbed "The End," was announced today (September 3). Proposing to put closure on a long-running career, the trek is being billed as "the final tour by the greatest metal band of all time."
"It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth," a press release reads, alluding to Black Sabbath's titular theme song, which was the opening track from their self-titled debut from 1970. "When this tour concludes, it will truly be the end of one of most legendary bands in rock'n'roll history...Black Sabbath."
Though the complete tour route has yet to be unveiled, so far it's been revealed that original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will begin this final round of black masses early next year, out in Omaha, NE. The North American portion of the trip will wind up in Canada for shows in Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Hamilton and Montreal.
Additionally, the band will be making their way through Australia and New Zealand in the spring. More concert appearances are expected to be revealed at a later date.
Though it hasn't been outlined how, the press release notes that the tour "promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever."
Black Sabbath had previously announced that they'll deliver on last album before they call it a day, marking the first output from the band since 2013's comeback collection, 13. Details on the allegedly forthcoming LP are pending.
You'll find the first leg of "The End" tour dates down below, as well as a trailer for the farewell trip.
01/20 Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
01/22 Chicago, IL - United Center
01/25 Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
01/28 Saskatoon, SK - Sasktel Centre
01/30 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Centre
02/01 Calgary, ON - Scotiabank Saddledome
02/03 Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
02/06 Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
02/09 San Jose, CA - SAP Center
02/11 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
02/13 Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
02/15 Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
02/17 Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
02/19 Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
02/21 Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
02/23 Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
02/25 New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden
04/15 Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
04/17 Adelaide, Australia - Entertainment Centre
04/19 Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
04/23 Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena
04/25 Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre
04/28 Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
04/30 Dunedin, New Zealand - Forsyth Barr Stadium