Heavy metal behemoths Black Sabbath have announced what seems to be their final tour ever. The tour is set to take place throughout 2016, marking 56 years since Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler first helped form the band. Founding drummer Bill Ward will not feature.
In a post on the band’s Facebook page, a piece of text depicts the announcement in bombastic fashion, with an accompanying video aiding the story. The tour will has been described as Sabbath’s farewell tour, carrying the name The End. The full text reads as follows:
“It’s the Beginning of THE END.
It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard.
In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.
Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, BLACK SABBATH. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story.
BLACK SABBATH’s farewell tour, THE END, begins on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever.
When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END,
THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history…
So far, the band have announced a full American arena tour throughout January and February, as well as a string of dates through Australia and New Zealand in April. More dates, including Europe, the UK and South America, will likely be announced in due course. For a list of all the shows which have been announced so far, click here.
You can watch the full announcement video below.