Ozzy Osbourne (Vocals), Tony Iommi (Guitar) and Geezer Butler (Bass) wrapped the first dates of BLACK SABBATH‘s massive 2016 THE END world tour last week (3/7) in Vancouver, BC to an overwhelming response, from fans and critics alike. The first leg of sold-out North American shows will be followed by a run of summer performances including return visits to Los Angeles (at the iconic Hollywood Bowl), New York,Chicago and 14 additional cities. Tickets for the summer shows are available at www.Livenation.com. See BLACK SABBATH‘s world wide itinerary below.
Here’s some critical feedback from 2016’s THE END tour:
“From the pulverizing opening tritone of ‘Black Sabbath’…the show was more a celebration of the pioneering heavy-metal band’s legacy than an epitaph…each of the musicians was in stellar form in Chicago…now may be the beginning of the end for Black Sabbath, but, as they proved in Chicago and over the years, their music will echo through the ages.”
“The beginning of The End happened Friday in Chicago at the United Center, where the band played a two-hour set of snarling hard rock songs, played according to the rules of strict minimalism but always with brawny execution…Black Sabbath remains a genre of its own, combining space jazz and prog-rock, gothic imagery and riff-heavy thunder.”
“Sabbath sounded so strong that, at times, it seemed like an absolutely ludicrous idea for these guys to even be thinking about hanging it up. Yet, if the goal is to go out on top–in peak fighting form–then Sabbath is right on track.”
“Osbourne was confidently strutting the length of the stage, imploring the audience to clap along…Osbourne led the band through classics like ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Children of the Grave,’ exuding bravado and, often, joy. The night didn’t belong to Ozzy, though. While bassist Geezer Butler remains rock-solid…Iommi’s effortless leads and power-chord riffs laid the groundwork for generations of hard-rocking axe-slingers, yet his attack still sounds fresh and resonant, and his vibrato-laden shreds are as precise as they were four decades ago…”
“Black Sabbath put on as perfect of a farewell show at the Pepsi Center [in Denver] as you could have hoped for. They played, sounded and yes, sung as well as they did in their prime…Instead of leaning on theatrics, they let tight riffs take the audience away…Their astonishing performance Monday night proved the band to be going out with remarkable live chops.”
“One of the strongest live rock shows in recent memory…Sabbath performed the music with such power and conviction that songs many of us have heard ad nauseam seemed fresh and new…The fluid rhythms, the interlocking, crushing dynamics between the rhythm section, and Iommi and Osbourne’s uncanny ability to switch in and out of the role of avatar of doom and avuncular hype man, rousing the crowd, made for a show that was much more than merely a great performance. It felt inclusive.”
“Black Sabbath turned its The End farewell tour into a celebration–albeit one steeped in a little bit of Satanic mechanics…the 100-minute, 14-song show was standard issue Sabbath–Spartan and leaden hard rock played with tight precision.”
“Black Sabbath, from Birmingham, England, was foundational for metal, but the music it played on Thursday–all of it recorded between 1969 and 1976–is full of scales related to the blues, which has its own long tradition of despair masking joy. That joy on Thursday was in sound and feeling. You could hear the band in giant, clear, present detail, unusual for the Garden…”
“…he [Osbourne] was on fire last night, hitting all the notes exactly the way you remember them. All the stretched out vowels, all the ‘ohh yeahh!’s, everything. In even finer form was Tony Iommi, whose riffs were as crisp today as they are on the early records, and whose solos still screamed. No disrespect to Geezer Butler of course, who shined all night and especially on his bass solo in ‘N.I.B.’…There really wasn’t a moment where you weren’t hearing some of the best heavy metal ever written…The show was also a serious reminder of how even with legions of excellent doom bands popping up for decades, still nobody can do it like Sabbath.”
“Black Sabbath were magnificent…what sets Black Sabbath’s music apart is how fresh it still sounds…a night free of stage effects or gimmicks, packed with a selection of brilliantly performed songs from the best heavy metal band there ever was and ever will be.”
These dates mark the end of the epic journey that BLACK SABBATH began nearly five decades ago. The massive 2016THE END world tour by the greatest Metal Band of all timewill take the band to Australia and New Zealand in April, then Europe fora mix of summer headlining and festival performances, before returning to North America in August.
As previously announced, a special fans-only CD featuring original artwork by Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant is being sold at shows along the tour route. The CD is comprised of eight previously unreleased tracks: four songs are outtakes from BLACK SABBATH‘s worldwide #1, Grammy Award-winning album 13 and four live songs from the band’s critically acclaimed 13 World Tour.
When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history…BLACK SABBATH.
BLACK SABBATH’s remaining 2016 tour dates are as follows:
Rod Laver Arena
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Arena Di Verona
Tons of Rock
Prague, Czech Rep.
Monsters of Rock
Monsters of Rock
**Denotes festival appearance
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Susquehanna Bank Center
Jiffy Lube Live
PNC Bank Arts Center
Mohegan Sun Arena
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
DTE Energy Music Theater
Klipsch Music Center
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunlight Supply Arena
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Details on Tickets, VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at: www.Livenation.com