Rock legends Black Sabbath have announced that it will kick off its final tour, The End, starting January 20, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska, and wrapping February 25, in New York City.
The lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler will tour North America through February. The band has also announced dates in Australia and New Zealand in Spring 2016. Additional dates will be announced, with more North American dates expected since the current itinerary only hits one city on the East coast of the United States, and includes no dates in Chicago, Illinois;Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; or Boston, Massachusetts, for example.
It is not clear who will play the drums on this tour. The band had a well-publicized falling out with original drummer Bill Ward and Tommy Clufetos, the drummer from Osbourne's solo group, has performed with Black Sabbath during recent tour dates.
The following is the full text of the band's announcement:
It's the Beginning of THE END.
It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.
In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.
Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, BLACK SABBATH. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story.
BLACK SABBATH’s farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.
When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END,
THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history...
The dates for the North American leg of Black Sabbath's The End tour follow:
January 20 - Omaha, NE (Centurylink Center)
January 22 - Chicago, IL (United Center)
January 25 - Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
January 28 - Saskatoon, SK (Sasktel Centre)
January 30 - Edmonton, AB (Rexall Centre)
February 1 - Calgary, ON (Scotiabank Saddledome)
February 3 - Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
February 6 - Tacoma, WA (Tacoma Dome)
February 9 - San Jose, CA (SAP Center)
February 11 - Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
February 13 - Las Vegas, NC (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
February 15 - Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
February 17 - Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
February 19 - Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
February 21 - Hamilton, ON (FirstOntario Centre)
February 22 - Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
February 25 - New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)