Nearly five years to the day that the legendary BLACK SABBATH announced they would be reforming, the band will play their last show ever in the U.S. November 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
This just-announced performance is one of three headlining arena concerts the band has added to the final North American leg of their massive 2016 “The End” world tour. The new shows are November 8 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma; November 10 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas; and November 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. These dates and the previously announced headlining slot at this year’s 20th anniversary celebration of Ozzfest (Saturday, September 24 at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest double-header music and lifestyle weekend) come at the end of the band’s North American tour, which kicks off August 17 at Nikon At Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. The 2016 “The End” world tour and the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest are both produced by Live Nation.
The greatest metal band of all time — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) — are currently on tour in Europe for a mix of summer headlining and festival performances, before returning to North America in August. Immediately following the November U.S. shows, BLACK SABBATH will head to Mexico and then South America where they will wrap up their 2016 dates.
These new dates mark the end of the epic journey that BLACK SABBATH began nearly five decades ago.
BLACK SABBATH tour dates:
Jun. 11 – Donington, UK – Download
Jun. 13 – Verona, IT – Arena Di Verona
Jun. 15 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadon
Jun. 17 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop
Jun. 19 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
Jun. 23 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock
Jun. 25 – Copenhagen, DE – Copenhell
Jun. 28 – Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
Jun. 30 – Prague, Czech Rep. – 02 Arena
Jul. 02 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
Jul. 05 – Riga, Latvia – Riga Arena
Jul. 07 – Helsinki, Finland – Monsters of Rock
Jul. 09 – Stockholm, Sweden – Monsters of Rock
Jul. 12 – Moscow, Russia – Olympisky Arena
Aug. 17 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 21 – Washington DC – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 23 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 25 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 27 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 29 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater
Sep. 02 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Sep. 04 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 07 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sep. 09 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Sep. 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
Sep. 13 – Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sep. 15 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Sep. 17 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sep. 19 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Sep. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
Sep. 24 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater @ Ozzfest Meets Knotfest
Nov. 08 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Nov. 10 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Nov. 12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Nov. 16 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol
Nov. 19 – Santiago, Chile – Estadio Nacional
Nov. 24 – Cordoba, Argentina – Orfeo
Nov. 26 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Velez
Nov. 30 – Curitiba, Brazil – Pedreira Paulo Leminski
Dec. 02 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Apoteose
Dec. 04 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Estadio Morumbi
Details on tickets, VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at LiveNation.com.
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi said that the band’s farewell tour, which began in January, is truly its last because he is not physically capable of doing it any longer. But he insisted that he would continue to play music. “I just can’t keep going out on these long tours,” he said.
Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and was treated all through SABBATH‘s extensive 2013 world tour, admitted last year that he was worried the rigors of the road could bring the disease back. He revealed: “I don’t want that creeping back again, and all the traveling involved in SABBATH tours increasingly takes its toll. That’s why we’re going out on one last tour, to say our farewells. And then it very definitely is the end. We won’t be doing it again.”
The legendary guitarist continued: “Don’t get me wrong, I still love gigging. It’s all the traveling and the exhaustion that goes with it that’s the problem. That side of things has a big impact on me… I love being up there onstage, playing with SABBATH. What I don’t love is all the other stuff necessary to enable that to happen.”
Iommi was hospitalized last year with back problems, and he still requires blood tests every six weeks to monitor his lymphoma.