No More Tours…. 2

Ozzy revealed details about his forthcoming “No More Tours 2”, a reference to his 1992 “No More Tours” trek.
Tour Band has been confirmed too: Ozzy will be joined on stage by his longtime collaborators Zakk Wylde (guitar), Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (bass), Tommy Clufetos (drums) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards).
The initial North American dates produced by Live Nation kick off August 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and conclude October 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a Thursday, October 11 stop at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; Ozzy will be joined by STONE SOUR for this leg of the tour.
Prior to the full North American run, Ozzy will officially launch the “No More Tours 2” in Mexico in May, 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 begin Friday, June 1 in Moscow, Russia.
This tour, expected to take Ozzy 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 in the future.
Ozzy’s North American tour dates:

Apr. 27 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
Apr. 29 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock
Aug. 30 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
Sep. 01 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Sep. 04 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Sep. 06 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
Sep. 08 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Sep. 10 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep. 12 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Sep. 14 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Sep. 16 – Cuyahoga Falls OH @ Blossom Music Center
Sep. 19 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Center
Sep. 21 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep. 23 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sep. 26 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
Sep. 28 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sep. 30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Oct. 02 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Oct. 06 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Oct. 09 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Oct. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

Ozzy’s overseas tour dates:

May 05 – Mexico @ Heaven & Hell Festival
May 08 – Santiago, Chile @ Pista Atletica
May 11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Geba
May 13 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
May 16 – Curitiba, Brazil @ Pedreira Paulo Leminski
May 18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Esplanada Do Mineirao
May 20 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Apoteose
Jun. 01 – Moscow, Russia @ Olympiisky
Jun. 03 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace (Ledovi Dvorets)
Jun. 06 – Finland @ Rockfest
Jun. 08 – Solvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 10 – Donington, UK @ Download
Jun. 13 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Prague Rocks Festival, Airport Letnany
Jun. 15 – Paris, France @ Download Festival
Jun. 17 – Italy @ Firenze Rocks
Jun. 20 – Halden, Norway @ Tons of Rock Festival
Jun. 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell Festival
Jun. 24 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 26 – Krakow, Poland @ Impact
Jun. 28 – Oberhausen, Germany @ König-Pilsner Arena
Jun. 30 – Madrid, Spain @ Download
Jul. 02 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena
Jul. 05 – Barcelona, Spain @ Rock Fest
Jul. 08 – Tel Aviv, Israel @ Live Park

The previous dates announced:

July 14 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
July 16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air Festival
August 9 – Sturgis, SD @ The Legendary Buffalo Chip
August 21 – Cartersville, IL @ Moonstock Festival

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Ozzy Osbourne to Reunite With Zakk Wylde for Summer Tour

To coincide with the announcement of a “final summer tour I thought that it would be a good idea to restart this blog and website I have neglected for a few years.

Ozzy Osbourne will reunite with long-time guitarist Zakk Wylde for a summer tour that marks the 30th anniversary of when the two first collaborated together.
The Black Sabbath singer and Wylde first teamed up in 1987 when the guitarist replaced Osbourne’s then-guitarist Jake E. Lee. Wylde contributed to Osbourne solo album stretching from 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked to 2007’s Black Rain, which was the last Ozzy album to feature the guitarist.
“I haven’t fallen out with Zakk, but Zakk’s got his own band, and I felt like my stuff was beginning to sound like Black Label Society,” Osbourne said in 2009 after revealing he was parting ways with Wylde. “I just felt like I wanted a change, you know?”
So far, the duo has announced four dates together, their first tour since 2006, although Wylde played sporadically with Osbourne’s Ozzy and Friends unit. The four summer dates will also be Osbourne’s first solo shows since 2015, with “additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.”

Osbourne and Wylde will be joined on the road by the singer’s go-to touring unit of bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” Osbourne said in a statement. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”
The singer also reiterated his plans to record a new solo album that will arrive in 2018; it’s unclear if Wylde will also take part in the recording.

First dates announced so far

July 14 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
July 16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air Festival
August 9 – Sturgis, SD @ The Legendary Buffalo Chip
August 21 – Cartersville, IL @ Moonstock Festival

the End tour – Melbourne Concert Review

Cgfqow3UUAEM4w7Black Sabbath is a totally unique band. Think about what comes from guitar, bass, drums and one of the most distinctive vocalists of the rock era. When Black Sabbath stops later this year, a piece of rock history will be over.

“Is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end”. For Melbourne it was the last Black Sabbath show ever but for Black Sabbath they still have a long way to go. There are shows still to come for Europe and the Americas.

Melbourne fans came out in the thousands to farewell the founders of metal. Before Black Sabbath there was no such thing as metal. The term was made for them. To watch them is like watching an inventor explain his device.

And so it was for 1 hour and 40 minutes until our last glimpse at Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi together took place in Melbourne, Australia.

The setlist was interesting. The newest song Dirty Women was 40 years old. Nine of the 14 songs came from the first two albums Black Sabbath and Paranoid, both released in 1970. There was nothing from the recent 13.

Black Sabbath represented a moment in time and tonight was a look back in time. It was a time when artists took risks, were themselves, spoke a message. Sabbath surfaced just after Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and well after The Beatles, The Stones and The Who. When you think of who preceded them, they didn’t follow, instead they challenged and carved a new rock route.

Watching Sabbath’s final moments was important because it reminds everyone that greatness doesn’t come from copying, it comes from creating. From the very moment you heard the opening sounds of the very first song there was no mistaking who this band was.

Black Sabbath albums are some of the greatest artistic works of our time. We have lost so many great acts in recent times, like Bowie and Lemmy, already this year. We are at a stage in live music where we are lucky that some of the creators of the renaissance of the rock era are still here to perform … but it won’t last forever. This is a band that won’t be replaced by the next big thing.

There is definitely something surreal witnessing what we know is the final stage of one of the greatest rock bands in history.

Black Sabbath set list, Melbourne, April 19, 2016

Main Set
Black Sabbath (from Black Sabbath, 1970)
Fairies Wear Boots (from Paranoid, 1970)
After Forever (from Master of Reality, 1971)
Snowblind (from Volume 4, 1974)
Into The Void (from Master of Reality, 1971)
War Pigs (from Paranoid, 1970)
Behind The Wall of Sleep (from Black Sabbath, 1970)
N.I.B. (from Black Sabbath, 1970)
Hand of Doom (from Paranoid, 1970)
Rat Salad (from Paranoid, 1970)
Iron Man (from Paranoid, 1970)
Dirty Women (from Technical Ecstasy, 1976)
Children of the Grave (from Master of Reality, 1971)
Paranoid (from Paranoid, 1970)
Article courtsey of Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Photo: courtesy of Ross Halfin

the End tour – Adelaide Concert review


the end tour – Adelaide Concert

After 47 years of writing, recording, and touring it has all come down to this – The End. Starting this tour in Omaha, Nebraska, Ozzy Osbourne and Co. have traversed the planet, and last night (April 17) they brought their epic live show to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Thousands gathered outside the AEC front doors, waiting eagerly to charge in. They wanted nothing more than to experience the band that so many of the middle-aged crowd had likely idolised for the majority of their lives. This being the last time that Black Sabbath – in this form, anyway – would be appearing in little old Adelaide, it had all the makings of a historic event.

Hailing from Long Beach, California, support act Rival Sons had a high standard to live up to, and they certainly did so. Receiving much louder entrance applause than they had expected, the four piece (five including the gloriously-bearded touring keyboard player) fired into Electric Man, the opening track from 2014s Great Western Valkyrie, and sparked the crowd to life. Searing vocals from Jay Buchanan and tight backing from the band allowed the band to create an electrifying blend of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Bad Company that and wouldn’t have sounded out-of-place in the 1970s.

By the time they’d rolled into Pressure and Time, the crowd was well and truly warmed up and with the closing trio of Where I’ve Been, Open My Eyes, and Keep On Swinging, Rival Sons had performed beyond expectations.

Darkness then covered the masses, and the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne sprinted from backstage to greet the crowd warmly. Riff-machine Tony Iommi, groove-master Geezer Butler, and replacement-drummer Tommy Clufetos, swiftly took to the stage to a deafening roar.

They opened with the tune that started it all – Black Sabbath. A dark, pulverising, track, it gave the fans exactly what they wanted. It was clear that the group, through all of the line-up changes, hiatuses, and solo careers, were still at the top of their game even though they’re well and truly past their prime.

Playing tracks from their self-titled debut, Paranoid, Master of Reality, Vol. 4, and Technical Ecstasy, the heavy metal pioneers seemed to enjoy themselves more than the audience did – which is saying quite a lot.

12983993_10153602148601818_7390017116069612916_oWhat Ozzy might now lack in maneuverability, he makes up for in wit and enthusiasm, and there were very few instances of the voice troubles that apparently plagued their Perth show. Iommi and Butler were as cool, calm, and collected as ever, performing their rolls, and occasionally having a slight chuckle at Osbourne’s antics and crowd engagement. “I remember coming here in 2003 – wait – no, it was 1971,” he remarked, showing no signs of his infamous reality-TV former self. Original drummer Bill Ward’s replacement, Clufetos, performed admirably, never trying to outdo his older bandmates. His extended drum solo was flawless, but it felt a little forced; almost as to say “sorry Bill wasn’t here, but look, this guy is REALLY good too.” The lack of Bill Ward was the only negative of the night.
Crowd pleasers War Pigs, Iron Man, and Children of the Grave were performed impeccably, resulting in the crowd pouring all of their love back onto the band. Paranoid closed out what was undeniably a memorable night. If this is truly is the end, the world will sorely miss this monumental group, cause they’re still pretty damn impressive.

Article courtesy of Rip It Up

Photos courtesy of Sanjaka


the End tour – Perth Concert review

getimagecontent_1_1bh3d4p-1bh3d6dOpening with the aptly titled Black Sabbath, the song’s slow beat and droning guitar alongside pacing lyrics acted like a mission statement.

“Let’s go crazy tonight!” Ozzy Osbourne barked mid-song, and Tony Iommi’s guitar twisted into a muted frenzy with Geezer Butler turning up the grit on his bass.

Some call and response between Osbourne and the audience was rewarded with sludge metal megahit Into The Void, and various audience members couldn’t contain their enthusiasm, with some seated punters upright and head banging so hard they had a real chance of leaving with a concussion – all in the name of air guitar and air drumming dedication.

A band introduction on the first night of the tour saw the effects of long-haul flights kick in for the legendary wordsmith. “I’m still jetlagged from the flight so please excuse me,” Osbourne admitted through a constantly breaking voice. He could barely talk, but singing was a different matter.

At 67 years of age, it’s hard to fault his stage presence or (for the most part) vocal ability, with the singer able to hold a steady note for days. Although, after hearing “I can’t hear you! I still can’t hear you!” every second song, one might think his stage banter is less about theatrics and more a medical condition.

War Pigs also suffered a false start: “Sorry about that folks, it’s our first night in Australia.” But it was only one of few faults from the band.

Osbourne might steal the spotlight and be the most widely known member but it wasn’t just a one man show, with the band’s other three members (and the session musos hidden side of stage by curtains) proving their worth over and over again, from Butler’s sweeping, mesmerising intro to N.I.B. and more, drummer Tommy Clufetos pounding the absolute shit out of the drums in every song (almost stealing the entire show with a drum solo while the main man took a mid-set break), and Iommi making complex guitar work look like child’s play; all three powerhouse elements coming together nicely during various jams throughout the set.

Apart from their shredding ability, there was nothing more metal than a punter in a wheelchair crowd surfing to Iron Man, and that was indeed one of the show’s highlights.

getimagecontent_1_1bh3d61-1bh3d6eThe pace and structure of each song was truly what kept things interesting; a songwriting trait that helped them pioneer a genre and still holds up today, hits like Hand Of Doom and Children Of The Grave a prime example of that.

Before anyone had a chance to soak in a memorable and historic hour-and-a-half, the end of the beginning of the end had arrived with encore Paranoid (featuring crowd surfing wheelchair punter again) and Black Sabbath had played their final ever Perth show. The show was a bittersweet goodbye to an iconic band that had given punters so much over the past five decades.

Black Sabbath Add dates to South America tour

Dates seemed to be more rumours (closed to become true) than official… Nothing filtered on the Sabbath camp as yet.
Black Sabbath Fan Clube Brasil reveals all the dates on their facebook page.12994429_795256520607785_9221038383502361819_n

19/11/16-Santiago, Chile
22/11/16-Asuncion, Paraguay
24/11/16-Cordoba, Argentina
26/11/16-Buenos Aires, Argentina
30/11/16-Curitiba, Brazil
02/12/16-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
04/12/16-São Paulo, Brazil

And as the rumors have already pointed out, The opening act invited will be the RIVAL SONS.

The end Tour – San Jose concert review

12654186_185081898523367_2397961654819358675_nOzzy Osbourne stalked the stage with manic delight. Tony Iommi burned through one face-melting guitar lead after another. And Geezer Butler’s basslines were as heavy as heavy can be.

It was a thing of thundering beauty, made all that more poignant by the knowledge that there won’t be many more opportunities to experience it again.

It was the beginning of a long goodbye for local fans, as the legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath brought its farewell tour to the SAP Center in San Jose on Tuesday. The other shoe is scheduled to drop when Ozzy and crew return to the Bay Area to perform on Sept. 15 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The British band managed to underscore all the reasons why it will be so dearly missed during Tuesday’s show. Indeed, Sabbath sounded so strong that, at times, it seemed like an absolutely ludicrous idea for these guys to even be thinking about hanging it up. Yet, if the goal is to go out on top — in peak fighting form — then Sabbath is right on track.

Following the opening set by Rival Sons, the main attraction took the stage and slowly uncurled its namesake song, the epic title track to the 1970 debut “Black Sabbath.” Osbourne’s vocals, which have ranged greatly in quality over the years, sounded comparatively strong on this night — powerful, confident and (mostly) clear. The 67-year-old former reality TV star also showed a goodly amount of energy, running about and clapping his hands.

The group then charged through “Fairies Wear Boots,” from the 1970 quadruple-platinum effort “Paranoid.” Iommi starred in this song, like he did in so many others. The supremely talented guitarist, who has battled cancer in recent years, was a regular volcano of riffs, firing off leads so hot they should’ve come with warning labels.

The sold-out crowd, numbering some 13,000 strong, reacted with great enthusiasm to the heavy metal onslaught. The fans, many of whom were old enough to possibly remember buying “Paranoid” on eight-track tape, sang along at top volume and pumped their firsts in air for much of the approximately two-hour show.

Ca1gRDFUsAAWSsiThe set list drew almost exclusively from the band’s first three albums. Unfortunately, Sabbath only played one track (“Snowblind”) from what is, by far, its best album — 1972’s “Vol. 4” — and it entirely skipped over 1973’s “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.” Hearing the title track to the later, after all, should be required at all Sabbath shows.

Sabbath did find time for “Dirty Women,” a tune that stands as one of the few reasons for listening to the band’s seventh studio album, 1976’s “Technical Ecstasy.” It also remembered “God Is Dead?” from “13,” the band’s 19th — and supposedly final — album.

Supporting Iommi, Osbourne and Ward — three founding members of the band — was Tommy Clufetos, a powerhouse drummer who has worked with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and others. Clufetos was handling the beats and rhythms originally made famous by Bill Ward, who left the fold in 2013.

The band closed the main set with an epic run through “Children of the Grave,” which featured more fireworks from Iommi, and then returned for an encore of “Paranoid.”


Article courtsey of / by Jim Harrington


Sabbath calls it a night in Tacoma… for good

CalxPCrUAAEfeklFrom Ozzy Osbourne’s throaty screams to Tony Iommi’s ribbons of guitar notes, Black Sabbath was Black Sabbath at least one more time Saturday (Feb. 6) at the Tacoma Dome.

It was the Northwest stop of the band’s final tour, billed as “The End.” It’s safe to say the expectations of the 20,000-plus fans there were met — and probably exceeded.

The group credited with inventing heavy metal began with its titular track, as the JumboTron showed a demon born from a red egg and light washed over the crowd like a bath of fire. The rush of energy in the Dome felt genuine and celebratory

Osbourne, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler were joined by 36-year-old drummer Tommy Clufetos, who filled in for original member Bill Ward.

Known for its looming, brooding rebellion and big, bassy rhythms mixed with quick yet heavy guitar riffs, the band struck note after note, beat after beat perfectly during its 14-song, 100-minute set. Butler and Iommi were exceedingly proficient, their fingers metronomic.

Hits included “Paranoid” and “War Pigs,” each of which spawned head bangs and fist pumps from the adoring crowd.

12710925_216514022027311_5393147612054907987_oThough Osbourne, Iommi and Butler, all in their late 60s, were visibly slowed by age — including Osbourne’s slight physical tremors and his well-known muttering — the band’s music didn’t suffer. And besides, the point of the night was to appreciate, not criticize, if for just one more time.

The point was for the gray-haired heavy-metal fan 25 rows up to forget his day-to-day grind, lean as far over the railing as he could, hold an invisible microphone in both hands, and shout-sing the lyrics for over an hour and a half. The point was to live for just one more night in the bat-chewed, dark art of heavy-metal music.

This did not seem to be lost on Osbourne, who said to the audience, “Thank you for my life,” before exiting the stage with his band.

And just like that it was over.


1. Black Sabbath
2. Fairies Wear Boots
3. After Forever
4. Into the Void
12711122_216513958693984_2660081911227125736_o5. Snowblind
6. War Pigs
7. Behind the Wall of Sleep
8. N.I.B.
9. Hand of Doom
10. Rat Salad
11. Iron Man
12. Dirty Women
13. Children of the Grave
14.Encore: Paranoid

Article courtesy of Jake Uitti / The Seattle Times

Photo courtesy of Amanda Fritz & Entertainment Whore