Black Sabbath Announces 2016 Farewell Tour Dates
And drummer Bill Ward isn’t listed in the band’s touring lineup.
Billed as "the final tour from the greatest metal band of all time," the trek kicks off Jan. 20 in Omaha, Neb.'s CenturyLink Center. The North American leg contains 17 dates and wraps Feb. 25 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Seven Australia and New Zealand dates follow in April. Check the bottom of the article for the complete itinerary.
But that's not all -- the band promises more dates will be announced in Oct. 2015. So far, the North American tour misses key markets like Boston and Washington, D.C., but those fans have reason to remain optimistic.
But when it's over, Sabbath promises it's really over. "When this tour concludes, it will truly be the end," their press release insists.
The farewell tour will feature Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler -- not drummer Bill Ward. Back in April 2015, Ward said he'd need a "singable contract" to consider rejoining Black Sabbath, following what he called "inaccurate statements amount me as a person" from Ozzy he said caused him to become "guarded and… especially detached emotionally and spiritually" from the frontman.
And what about one last record? "The plan is that next year [we'll do] the final Black Sabbath tour and album," Ozzy Osbourne said in an April 2015 interview. For now, we'll have to wait and see.
Here are the dates Sabbath has announced so far:
Jan. 20: Omaha, NE (CenturyLink Center)
Jan. 22: Chicago, IL (United Center)
Jan. 25: Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
Jan. 28: Saskatoon, SK (Sasktel Centre)
Jan. 30: Edmonton, AB (Rexall Centre)
Feb. 1: Calgary, ON (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Feb. 3: Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
Feb. 6: Tacoma, WA (Tacoma Dome)
Feb. 9: San Jose, CA (SAP Center)
Feb. 11: Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
Feb. 13: Las Vegas, NV (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
Feb. 15: Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Feb. 17: Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
Feb. 19: Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Feb. 21: Hamilton, ON (FirstOntario Centre)
Feb. 23: Montreal, QB (Bell Centre)
Feb. 25: New York City, NY (Madison Square Garden)
April 15: Perth, Australia (Perth Arena)
April 17: Adelaide, Australia (Entertainment Centre)
April 19: Melbourne, Australia (Rod Laver Arena)
April 23: Sydney, Australia (Allphones Arena)
April 25: Brisbane, Australia (Entertainment Centre)
April 28: Auckland, New Zealand (Vector Arena)
April 30: Dunedin, New Zealand (Forsyth Barr Stadium)