BLACK SABBATH TO PLAY ‘FAREWELL’ SHOW IN JAPAN THIS NOVEMBER
Black Sabbath will play a “farewell” show at Ozzfest Japan, scheduled for November 21st and 22nd at Makuhari Messe outside Tokyo.
The news came via a videotaped message from Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife and manager Sharon, who said, “Ozzfest will be back in Japan on November 21st and 22nd. And this will be Black Sabbath’s farewell. We’re also announcing Korn, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can’t miss that.”
Three original members of Sabbath — Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler — reunited in late 2011 to record their first album together in 35 years.
The project was hampered by drama over founding drummer Bill Ward’s last-minute decision not to participate, as well as Iommi’s battle with cancer.
Ozzy told Metal Hammer last year, “The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t f**k around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.”
- It is not clear whether Sabbath has begun writing a new album yet. Ozzy has also hinted at working on a solo album, and will do a residency in Las Vegas this October.