Black Sabbath, who pioneered heavy metal more than four decades ago, on Thursday announced a final tour and vowed it would be the band’s last. The English rockers, known for their thunderous guitars and dark subject matter, said that “The End” tour would feature three of the band’s four longtime members including flamboyant frontman Ozzy Osbourne. “It promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. When the tour concludes, it will truly be the end,” said a voiceover on a video announcement on the band’s website.
The band announced 24 dates for the tour, which will start on 20 January in Omaha, Nebraska in the US midwest, a hotbed for heavy metal fans. The tour will cover the United States, including New York’s Madison Square Garden, as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The final date – the real “The End” – is scheduled for 30 April in the southern New Zealand city of Dunedin.
The tour does not feature any shows in Europe, including the band’s native city of Birmingham, England. Osbourne has pursued a successful solo career and lives in Los Angeles, where his family was featured a decade ago on the MTV reality series The Osbournes. Guitarist, Tony Iommi has stayed in England and in recent years struggled with cancer, a factor that has clouded previous chatter about a new Black Sabbath tour. Black Sabbath went on an 84-date reunion tour from 2012 to 2014 that opened in Birmingham and closed in London’s Hyde Park.