COLUMN WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
Back in early September, Black Sabbath announced that its farewell tour would be kicking off in January with a bunch of dates in North America, Europe and Australia.
Yet, there were a miniscule amount of shows scheduled for the States — just 11 — and only one on the East Coast, a late February show in New York City.
No one was ready to hit the panic button just yet, as it was promised more shows would be coming down this month. This week, the Sabs delivered on their word with 18 additional shows revealed, including a stop in Camden, N.J., at the Susquehanna Bank Center, Friday, Aug. 19.
“Due to overwhelming demand, the road to The End just got longer,” a statement read. “On the heels of their much-anticipated performances in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, Black Sabbath will end the epic journey they began nearly five decades ago with another run of North American dates in fall 2016. These shows will follow a mix of summer headlining and festival performances throughout Europe.”
If this truly is the final tour, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t be, this is the last time you’ll get to hear songs like “War Pigs,” “Paranoid” and “Children of the Grave” by the group credited with creating the genre of heavy metal.
The second run of North American dates kicks off Aug. 17, at Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York and includes stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, and Dallas, among others, before wrapping Sept. 21 at AK-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.
The 2016 world tour by arguably the greatest metal outfit of all time marks the end of an era for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler as they close the final chapter in the final volume of the Black Sabbath story.
Unfortunately for some, it will be bittersweet seeing the band for the final time, as it’s becoming more and more apparent that original drummer Bill Ward will not be taking part. Due to an “unsignable contract,” he declined to take part in the most recent reunion, which began its cycle in late 2011.
Osbourne drummer Tommy Clufetos has been sitting behind the kit in the live settings since 2012, much to the dismay of hardcore fans who would rather all the originals take the stage while they’re all still living.
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