Black Sabbath Scrap Reunion Dates, Ozzy to Play Solo

BAND'S TO PERFORM AT U.K.'S DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL;
OZZY & FRIENDS TO PERFORM MAJORITY OF OTHER DATES

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath --who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour--have had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma. At this time, Black Sabbath will perform only one show of this summer's previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10 at the U.K.'s Download Festival.

So as not to let the promoters and fans down, Ozzy Osbourne will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled Black Sabbath dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as Ozzy & Friends. These "first ever" Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by "special guest" musicians including Geezer Butler (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy band member Zakk Wylde. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other "special guests" set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).

Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continue to write and record music in the U.K. for their upcoming album. More information about these dates and Black Sabbath's recording and touring plans is forthcoming.

In other Sabbath-related news, drummer Bill Ward has posted an update on his Facebook page regarding his status with the group and the ongoing contract negotiations.

Black Sabbath Tour Dates

  • Sun 6/10 Donnington UK Download Festival

    Ozzy and Friends Tour Dates

  • Wed 5/23 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Arena
  • Fri 5/25 Stockholm, Sweden Stadium
  • Sun 5/27 Jelling, Denmark Jelling Festival
  • Tue 5/29 Bergen, Norway Bergen Calling Festival
  • Thu 5/31 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
  • Sat 6/2 Malmo, Sweden Malmo Stadium
  • Mon 6/4 Dortmund, Germany Westfalenhalle
  • Wed 6/6 Prague, Czech Rep O2 Arena
  • Fri 6/15 Vitoria, Spain Azkena Rock Festival
  • Sun 6/17 Clisson, France Hellfest
  • Fri 6/22 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
  • Sun 6/24 Milan, Italy Gods of Metal Festival
  • Tue 6/26 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
  • Thu 6/28 Belgrade, Serbia USCE Park
  • Sun 7/1 Athens, Greece Rockwave Festival – Terra

  • [Published on: 2/17/12]

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