Less than a year after Black Sabbath finished their farewell tour, frontman Ozzy Osbourne has announced his will begin in 2018 and run until 2020. Osbourne made the announcement Monday (Nov 6th) that he will celebrate more than five decades as a performer — both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Black Sabbath which formed in 1968. This tour, expected to take Osbourne around the world with dates into 2020, will mark the end of global touring for the legendary artist, though he will continue to perform select live shows.
“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” Osbourne states. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”
The tour will kick off in 2018 with a show in Mexico, before heading to South America for solo shows in three countries. Next up, a six-week European leg of headlining solo dates and festival performances that’s set to launch Friday, June 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia The beloved rock icon will subsequently headline a North American concert tour produced by Live Nation, details of which will be revealed in 2018.
For these dates, Osbourne will be joined by longtime collaborators guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
The announcement comes ahead of Black Sabbath releasing The End on multi-formats on November 17th. The concert captures the final destination of the 50 year old group’s final tour with an unforgettable farewell show at the Genting Arena in Black Sabbath’s hometown of Birmingham. Filmed February 4, 2017, The End captures the legendary line-up (sans original drummer Bill Ward) celebrating their storied career, marking the closure of a monumental chapter in rock history. The set comes to DVD/CD, Blu-ray/CD, double CD, triple 180-gram vinyl and a limited deluxe collector’s edition via Eagle Vision.
Sat 5/5 Mexico TBA
Tue 5/8 Santiago, Chile TBA
Fri 5/11 Buenos Aires, Argentina TBA
Sun 5/13 São Paulo, Brazil TBA
Wed 5/16 Curitiba, Brazil TBA
Fri 5/18 Belo Horizonte, Brazil TBA
Sun 5/20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil TBA
Fri 6/1 Moscow, Russia Olympiisky
Sun 6/3 St. Petersburg, Russia Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Wed 6/6 Finland TBA
Fri 6/8 Solvesborg, Sweden* Sweden Rock Festival
Sun 6/10 Donington, UK* Download Festival
Wed 6/13 Prague, Czech Republic* Airport Letnany
Fri 6/15 Paris, France* Download Festival
Sun 6/17 Italy* TBA
Wed 6/20 Halden, Norway* Tons of Rock Festival
Fri 6/22 Copenhagen, Denmark* Copenhell Festival
Sun 6/24 Dessel, Belgium* Graspop Metal Meeting
Tue 6/26 Krakow, Poland* Impact Festival
Thu 6/28 Oberhausen, Germany* König-Pilsnet Arena
Fri 6/30 Madrid, Spain* Download Festival
Mon 7/2 Lisbon, Portugal Meo Arena
*Produced by Live Nation
Author: Buddy Iahn
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