Black Sabbath Cancels Final Performance at Ozzfest Japan
Black Sabbath 2015 News
Black Sabbath is ending. To celebrate the success of the legendary band on last time, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will headline this year’s Ozzfest Japan. While the band’s original drummer, Bill Ward, has yet to accept his invitation to the November 22 affair, Ozzy Osbourne has gone on the record as saying that a true reunion would be a “great way for the four of us to end such a wonderful experience of being Black Sabbath.” Stay tuned for more info as it unfolds!
Black Sabbath are pulling a Morrissey and have canceled their final performance ever, which was to take place at this year’s Ozzfest Japan. While no official reason was given, Ozzy Osborne will instead perform a solo set accompanied by yet-to-be-announced special guests. The event takes place in Tokyo on November 22.
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Black Sabbath News 2014
Could Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath be getting ready to set off on their final tour? According to Osbourne’s latest interview with Metal Hammer, the band has tapped producer Rick Rubin to produce their next album—the follow up to 13, released in 2013. After the record is done, the band will get together for one final tour before calling it quits for good. Osbourne noted, “the whole Sabbath experience this time around was great… It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour, we started discussing the idea because we were getting asked about it all the time.” The interview mentioned that the final album will get started in early 2015, depending on the health of guitarist Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012. Here’s to good health and a new Black Sabbath tour!
Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1968 by Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, and Bill Ward, Black Sabbath is looked at as one of the pioneering bands of heavy metal music, and releases such as Black Sabbath, Paranoid, and Master of Reality quickly made them a household name. Rolling Stone ranked Black Sabbath No. 85 in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”
Black Sabbath 2013 News
North American Tour
After teasing us with a new album, Australian tour dates, and a behind-the-scenes look of them in the studio, Black Sabbath has finally announced a full North American tour. Kicking off on July 25 in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, the tour spans the tail end of July through the beginning of September, when the band will perform in CA at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on the 3rd. Tickets for the tour go on sale on the primary market on May 4. Check below for secondary tickets, and tour dates.
Black Sabbath In the Studio
Here’s a little Valentine’s Day treat, for all those diehard fans for whom Black Sabbath ranks among the objects of affection in their lives. Take a look at the band working on and recording their new album, 13, in this behind-the-scenes clip, below.
Black Sabbath in the Studio
New Black Sabbath Album “13”
Black Sabbath are releasing NEW music in 2013! With an Australian tour already booked, the band announced that the first album featuring Ozzy Osbourne on lead vocals will be released in June. Entitled 13, the album will be the band’s ninth with their original singer (Osbourne) and 19th album overall. That is quite the catalog of albums right there.
The album is sure to be a good one, especially with Rick Rubin having produced and drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine on all tracks, replacing drummer Bill Ward who had dropped out after contract negotiations hit a roadblock. Now, as for the Aussie tour dates, check out the links below for all the shows and keep it locked here at SeatGeek as any new tour dates across the globe are announced for Black Sabbath.
Opening Acts for Australian Tour Announced
Still no word on US/European tour dates, but Black Sabbath continue to build anticipation for their Australian trek. They’ve just added an opening act: New Zealanders Shihad will join Ozzy and his goth ensemble out on the Outback road for their spring tour.
Nothing like celebrating your 25th anniversary with iconic rock gods. Check out Shihad performing “Home Again” below.
Shihad “Home Again”
Guitarist Tony Lommi Speaks Out
After battling cancer in 2012, Black Sabbath’s guitar man, Tony Iommi, indicated that the hard rock legends would tour as much as possible in 2013. In a scoop brought to you by NME, Iommi wrote on his personal website a thank you to his fans stating the following:
“What a year! Certainly not the one I was expecting. Thanks to you all for your massive help and support, it was very encouraging. I’m still working on the album and managed to play three shows, not bad given the news a year ago. I’m looking forward to next year, seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we’re able.”
The band is also in the studio working on their new album, which is set to be released in April. With six of the forecasted fifteen tracks complete, we’ll see if that timing holds true. In the mean time, check out the scoop below on the Australian tour dates for Black Sabbath in 2013.
New Album Release Date Announced
Although their new album’s still missing a name, at least Black Sabbath have settled on an approximate birthdate: April 2013. Unsurprisingly, the spring release coincides with the band’s recently announced Australian tour. We’ve got details on those dates Down Under below, and be sure to check back here when more are released!
Black Sabbath Back in the Studio
It’s been 34 years since three of the four original members of Black Sabbath – guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and singer/former-reality-show-superstar Ozzy Osbourne – recorded an album together. Now, the group that helped bring heavy-metal to the headbanger masses are back in the studio, working on a twelve-track record with producer Rick Rubin. To celebrate the untitled effort’s 2013 release, Ozzy and his band of merry Satanists will hit the Outback for a brief tour next spring.
So far, the group has only released one songtitle from their latest collection: “God is Dead.” No word yet on whether the record as a whole will carry a similarly fitting, if slightly demoralizing, name, although Osbourne did drop a hint while interviewing with NME:”Next year, 2013, is a good clue to what we’re going to call the album.” Feel free to leave your conjectures in the comments section below, and keep scrolling for more info on Black Sabbath’s upcoming tour – which, incidentally, will stop in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, before possibly (probably!) moving on to other global sites.
Black Sabbath North American 2013 Tour Dates
|7/25||Houston||TX||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|7/27||Austin||TX||Frank Erwin Center|
|7/29||Tampa||FL||Live Nation Amphitheatre|
|7/31||W. Palm Beach||FL||Cruzan Amphitheatre|
|8/2||Bristow||VA||Jiffy Lube Live|
|8/4||Holmdel||NJ||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|8/6||Detroit||MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|8/8||Uncasville||CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|8/10||Philadelphia||PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|8/14||Toronto||ON||Air Canada Centre|
|8/16||Tinley Park||IL||First Midwest Bank Amph.|
|8/18||Indianapolis||IN||Klipsch Music Center|
|8/26||San Francisco||CA||Shoreline Amph|
|8/28||Irvine||CA||Verizon Wireless Amph|
|8/30||Phoenix||AZ||US Airways Center|
|9/1||Las Vegas||NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|9/3||Los Angeles||CA||Los Angeles Sports Arena|
Australian Tour Dates
|04/25/13||Brisbane||AU||Brisbane Ent. Center|
|04/29/13||Melbourne||AU||Rod Laver Arena|
|04/30/13||Melbourne||AU||Rod Laver Arena|
|05/01/13||Melbourne||AU||Rod Laver Arena|
European Tour Dates
|12/05/13||Milan||IT||Fiera De Milano|
Black Sabbath Past Setlist
|3||Behind the Wall of Sleep|
|5||Into the Void|
|6||Under the Sun|
|11||Symptom of the Universe|
|14||Fairies Wear Boots|
|16||Children of the Grave|
Black Sabbath Discography
|1971||Master of Reality|
|1972||Black Sabbath Vol. 4|
|1973||Sabbath Bloody Sabbath|
|1978||Never Say Die!|
|1980||Heaven and Hell|
|1987||The Eternal Idol|
Black Sabbath Music Videos
Black Sabbath “War Pigs”
Black Sabbath “Iron Man”
Black Sabbath “Paranoid”