DATE: JUNE 9, 2016
FROM: MARCEE RONDAN/MITCH SCHNEIDER/BARI LIEBERMAN
FINAL LEG OF
“THE END” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR EXTENDED
TO INCLUDE THREE SHOWS IN NOVEMBER
SECOND RUN OF DATES
TO GET UNDERWAY AUGUST 17 AT
NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER
IN WANTAGH, NY
The end is here.
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, TX.
This just announced performance is one of three headlining arena concerts the band have 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, OK, November 10 at Toyota Center in Houston, TX and November 12 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. 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, NY. 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.
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.”
“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, 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 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’s remaining 2016 tour dates are as follows:
Details on Tickets,VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at: www.Livenation.com
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