They’re classic rock legends and considered by some to have created heavy metal, but after 2016 Black Sabbath will tour no more. The band has announced the first dates of a “farewell” tour, set to kick off early next year, that will include three of its four original members: Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler. Drummer Bill Ward will not participate.
“When this tour concludes, it will truly be the end, the end of one of the most legendary bands in rock ‘n roll history,” a press release detailing the tour stated. The North American leg starts Jan. 20 in Omaha, Nebraska and wraps Feb. 25 in New York City. Sabbath has also scheduled a brief string of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand in April 2016, and promises to announce more concerts come October.
Osbourne hinted at a “last hurrah” for the band earlier this year. “Then it’s no more Sabbath at all,” the singer said in April. “We’re disbanding the name and everything. They don’t want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it.” Sabbath reunited in 2012 for 13, its first album with Osbourne, Iommi,and Ward since 1978’s Never Say Die!