The End Has Come For Metal Legends – Black Sabbath’s Final Tour

At some point in time, everything must come to an end. Your favorite tv series, your favorite athlete’s playing days, as well as your favorite band’s musical career. While artists get older and /or they fail to get along with their bandmates, touring is something that can become very difficult for musicians. Sometimes they feel they have done everything they can possibly do and that it is time to give the fans one last set of shows and call it quits. Legendary metal band Black Sabbath are currently embarked on a tour that will mark the end of their 48-year career. With three out of four original members in the lineup and plenty of monstrous tunes to play, fans will be able to throw up the horns for the legends one last time.

Black Sabbath formed in Birmingham, England back in 1968 using a different name, Earth. While playing as Earth, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward played a bluesy style of psychedelic music. It was Butler’s love for horror that gave him an idea for a much darker style of song and soon the band’s first heavy metal track was written, titled “Black Sabbath.” The rest is history as they have become one of the most popular and recognizable groups in the world, being credited with creating the heavy metal genre. With 19 studio albums, six live albums, tons of hit singles, two Grammys, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – I’d say they’ve had a pretty good run.

The guys announced they would be going on their final tour, appropriately titled “The End” via a video posted on the outfit’s YouTube page. More dates have been added since the initial announcement, but the biggest news surrounding the entire tour has been the absence of original drummer Bill Ward. Ward and Osbourne became pretty vocal about the reasoning behind the decision for the drummer’s exclusion, resulting in a feud between the two that seemed to ruin any hopes of fans getting a full reunion for the tour. Drummer Tommy Clufetos will be honored with sitting behind the kit for the tour. Clufetos has played for Osbourne’s solo band as well as with shock rockers Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.

Two of the shows on Sabbath’s schedule that stick out are the February 25th and 27th stops at the legendary Madison Square Garden in NY. MSG is the United States version of Wembley, only the biggest and the best performers headline the arena and this group’s double header proves just how much the fans want to see them on their last tour. Unfortunately, though, every state will not be visited, meaning many fans will be forced to take road trips to see the quartet in action, that shouldn’t be a problem for the die hards though. If you’re able and are a fan of metal, making it to one of these shows should be a priority of yours for the year.

You can check out all the tour dates by visiting here, and if you do manage to make it out to at least one show make sure you use #twitfromthepit!

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, NY @ Madison Square Garden
02/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
04/15 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
04/17 – Adelaide, AU @ Entertainment Centre
04/19 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
04/23 – Sydney, AU @ Allphones Arena
04/25 – Brisbane, AU @ Entertainment Centre
04/28 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
04/30 – Dunedin, NZ @ Forsyth Barr Stadium
06/01 – Budapest, HR @ Groupama Arena
06/08 – Berlin, DE @ Waldebuhne
06/11 – Donington, UK @ Download Festival
06/13 – Verona, IT @ Arena di Verona
06/15 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadon
06/17 – Dessel, BE @ Grasspop
06/23 – Halden, NO @ Tons of Rock
06/25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhall
06/28 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle
06/30 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
07/02 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
07/05 – Riga, LV @ Riga Arena
07/07 – Helsinki, FI @ Monsters of Rock
07/09 – Stockholm, SE @ Monsters of Rock
07/12 – Moscow, RU @ Olympisky Arena
08/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/19 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/21 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
08/23 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/25 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
08/27 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
08/29 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
08/31 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
09/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
09/04 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/07 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
09/09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater
09/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Ampitheater
09/13 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Arena
09/15 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
09/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
09/19 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
09/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion