Published Apr 09, 2015Heavy metal icons Black Sabbath are no longer on the lineup for Ozzfest Japan, with the slot now being billed as a solo performance from Ozzy Osbourne and as-yet-unannounced "friends."
A statement from the band to PRP regarding the lineup edit, reads: "Despite previous reports, Black Sabbath will not appear on this year's Ozzfest Japan, the show will instead feature the festival's namesake, Ozzy Osbourne (and friends)."
Last month, Sharon Osbourne released a video announcing that Ozzfest would return to Japan on November 21 and 22, ending with the message: "And this will be Black Sabbath's farewell."
Rumours quickly circulated that this would serve as the band's final show, despite previous reports that the band would be recording and touring a new album in 2015.
If plans for the original farewell campaign continue accordingly, the new — and final — album will feature Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, though the band remain on the outs with drummer Bill Ward.