A few months ago, Black Sabbath teased something that was referred to as their “final show.” That concert, originally scheduled for Nov. 21-22 at Makuhari Messe near Tokyo was eventually canceled. But now it looks like they’re ready to go out on the road for one last tour.
The band just released a 75-second video that announces their final road trip. In the clip, which you can watch above, a doomsday voice intones, “It’s the beginning of the end. It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and monstrous riff that shook the earth.”
The video loads up on the band’s achievements, running through proclamations like “In that moment, heavy metal was born” (possibly), “Now it ends, the final tour by the greatest metal band of all time” (probably) and “[They’re] closing the final chapter in the final volume” (we’ll see).
Not so surprisingly, the band’s original drummer, Bill Ward, isn’t listed in the roll call of tour participants, which includes the other three members: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Ward has been sparring with his bandmates, particularly Osbourne, since the group recorded and released its reunion album, 13, without him a couple years ago. Still, no drummer was part of the doomsday voice’s lineup, so maybe there’s hope yet.
The tour — which starts on Jan. 20 in Omaha — will cover North America and Australia and New Zealand. You can see the entire list of dates below.
Black Sabbath 2016 Tour Dates
1/20 Omaha, NE Century Link Center
1/22 Chicago, IL United Center
1/25 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
1/28 Saskatoon, SK Sasktel Centre
1/30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Centre
2/1 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
2/3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
2/6 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
2/9 San Jose, CA SAP Center
2/11 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
2/13 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
2/15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
2/17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
2/19 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/21 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
2/23 Montreal, QB Bell Centre
2/25 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
Australia/New Zealand Tour Dates
4/15 Perth Perth Arena
4/17 Adelaide Entertainment Centre
4/19 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
4/23 Sydney Allphones Arena
4/25 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
4/28 Auckland Vector Arena
4/30 Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium